It was, perhaps, owing to this circumstance, in addition to the necessity of keeping every hand employed at the paddles
, that the Hurons had not immediate recourse to their firearms.
Five were at the paddles
, while the sixth sat in the seat of honor.
A warrior rose from his knees, threw his paddle
aloft, stiffened into rigidity for an instant, and then toppled overboard.
The next few days Tarzan devoted to the weaving of a barkcloth sail with which to equip the canoe, for he despaired of being able to teach the apes to wield the paddles
, though he did manage to get several of them to embark in the frail craft which he and Mugambi paddled about inside the reef where the water was quite smooth.
The thing was a hollowed log drawn upon the sands, and in the bottom of it lay a crude paddle
The steersman dug his paddle
into the stream, and held hard with stiffened arms, his body thrown forward.
The old man did not touch the paddle
, and he was unregardless of the lofty-sided steamer as the canoe slipped down the length of it into the darkness astern.
"Well, now," thought I to myself, "it is plain I must lie where I am and not disturb the balance; but it is plain also that I can put the paddle
over the side and from time to time, in smooth places, give her a shove or two towards land." No sooner thought upon than done.
He was standing in front of him, his paddle
in one hand, asking Baynes where he was hit when there was another shot from shore and the Negro pitched head long overboard, his paddle
still clutched in his dead fingers--shot through the forehead.
Seated in the stem, I directed its course with my paddle
until it dashed up the soft sloping bank, and Fayaway, with a light spring alighted on the ground; whilst Kory-Kory, who had watched our manoeuvres with admiration, now clapped his hands in transport, and shouted like a madman.
Let me see—July is the last month, and the flesh must be getting good.” While he was talking, Natty had instinctively employed himself in fastening the inner end of the bark rope, that served him for a cable, to a paddle
, and, rising suddenly on his legs, he cast this buoy away.
Then he straightened out and began laboriously to paddle
nearer and nearer.