'And what are the probabilities as to the result of the contest?' inquired Mr.
'This contest excites great interest in the metropolis, sir?'
'And what, Sir,' said Pott--'what, Sir, let me ask you as an impartial man, is the state of the public mind in London, with reference to my contest with the INDEPENDENT?'
You others, therefore, who are stronger than I, make trial of the bow and get this contest settled."
Let us warm the bow and grease it--we will then make trial of it again, and bring the contest to an end."
Put it on one side--as for the axes they can stay where they are, for no one is likely to come to the house and take them away: let the cupbearer go round with his cups, that we may make our drink-offerings and drop this matter of the bow; we will tell Melanthius to bring us in some goats tomorrow--the best he has; we can then offer thigh bones to Apollo the mighty archer, and again make trial of the bow, so as to bring the contest to an end."
After the contest
at Chalcis, Hesiod went to Delphi and there was warned that the `issue of death should overtake him in the fair grove of Nemean Zeus.' Avoiding therefore Nemea on the Isthmus of Corinth, to which he supposed the oracle to refer, Hesiod retired to Oenoe in Locris where he was entertained by Amphiphanes and Ganyetor, sons of a certain Phegeus.
A double issue seemed to rest upon their contest
, for their personal fame was at stake as well as their party's honor.
Then all the people shouted again, in token that the terms of the contest pleased them; and the archers waved their bows aloft, and wheeled into position facing their respective targets.
The winners then saluted the King and Queen, and withdrew for a space to rest and renew their bow-strings for the keenest contest of all; while the lists were cleared and a new target--the open one--was set up at twelvescore paces.
In proportion as the modern class struggle develops and takes definite shape, this fantastic standing apart from the contest
, these fantastic attacks on it, lose all practical value and all theoretical justification.
They had furious contests
with England for the dominion of the sea, and were among the most persevering and most implacable of the opponents of Louis XIV.