At the turn of the tide, something goes on in the unknown deeps below, which sets the whole face of the quicksand shivering and trembling in a manner most remarkable to see, and which has given to it, among the people in our parts, the name of the Shivering Sand
. A great bank, half a mile out, nigh the mouth of the bay, breaks the force of the main ocean coming in from the offing.
For the Deadly Sands
will Turn Any Living Flesh to Dust in an instant.
The latter stood in several places as much as a foot or a foot and a half above the surface of the sand
. There was a porch at the door, and under this porch the little spring welled up into an artificial basin of a rather odd kind--no other than a great ship's kettle of iron, with the bottom knocked out, and sunk "to her bearings," as the captain said, among the sand
And we let them loose on the sand
. Once, when it looked as if Nelson were getting the worst of it, French Frank and John Barleycorn sprang unfairly into the fight.
It was dropping off in flakes and raining down upon the sand
. A large piece suddenly came off and fell with a sharp noise that brought his heart into his mouth.
As for the yellow hen, she continued to peck away at the sand
busily, and seemed quite contented with her bill-of-fare.
scorches me," said the hunter, "as though it had just come out of a furnace; and not a cloud in this sky of fire.
In attempting to lift it from its burying place I dis-covered that it seemed to be held fast by means of a very small insulated cable running farther into the sand
"Yep," came his low answer, "--an' thinkin' this sand
is harder'n a cement floor.
There blows in the months of June, July, and August, another wind, which raises mountains of sand
and carries them through the air; all that can be done in this case is when a cloud of sand
rises, to mark where it is likely to fall, and to retire as far off as possible; but it is very usual for men to be taken unexpectedly, and smothered in the dust.
And yet my heart rose higher and higher like a child's kite, until I came over the loose, dry sand-hills and to the flat, wet sands
, where Philip stood already up to his ankles in the shallow shining water, some hundred yards out to sea.
In a broad band of sand-hillocks which separate the Laguna del Potrero from the shores of the Plata, at the distance of a few miles from Maldonado, I found a group of those vitrified, siliceous tubes, which are formed by lightning entering loose sand
. These tubes resemble in every particular those from Drigg in Cumberland, described in the Geological Transactions.