1 He imagined them shaking in black rage.
2 From his lips came a black procession of curious oaths.
3 Of a sudden he confronted a black and monstrous figure.
4 As the youth looked at them the black weight of his woe returned to him.
5 There was a curious red and black combination of new blood and old blood upon it.
6 All about them were other small fires surrounded by men with their little black utensils.
7 Through the trees he watched the black figures of the gunners as they worked swiftly and intently.
8 The mournful current moved slowly on, and from the water, shaded black, some white bubble eyes looked at the men.
9 He was pursued by the sight of black ants swarming greedily upon the gray face and venturing horribly near to the eyes.
10 Pausing at one time to look about him he saw, out at some black water, a small animal pounce in and emerge directly with a gleaming fish.
11 From this little distance the many fires, with the black forms of men passing to and fro before the crimson rays, made weird and satanic effects.
12 Far off to the right, through a window in the forest could be seen a handful of stars lying, like glittering pebbles, on the black level of the night.
13 He was very busy marshaling the little black vagabonds of tin cups and pouring into them the streaming iron colored mixture from a small and sooty tin pail.
14 He could see the forms of men throwing black shadows in the red light, and as he went nearer it became known to him in some way that the ground was strewn with sleeping men.
15 In the eastern sky there was a yellow patch like a rug laid for the feet of the coming sun; and against it, black and patternlike, loomed the gigantic figure of the colonel on a gigantic horse.
16 When the sunrays at last struck full and mellowingly upon the earth, the youth saw that the landscape was streaked with two long, thin, black columns which disappeared on the brow of a hill in front and rearward vanished in a wood.
17 But at last the guns stopped, and among the men in the rifle pits rumors again flew, like birds, but they were now for the most part black creatures who flapped their wings drearily near to the ground and refused to rise on any wings of hope.
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