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“The clerk in the signal-house at Valentia was drowsy when their message came, and disbelieved his ears.”
“Of late years the building had been modernized and used as a signal-house and subscription reading-room.”
“With what a sigh of relief and satisfaction we reach the top, and enter within the welcome shade afforded by the signal-house.”
“And so as the vermilion engine stood waiting and looking from the shadow of the curve-roofed station, a man in the signal-house had played the notes which informed the engine of its freedom.”
“The train swung impressively around the signal-house, and headed up a brick-walled cut.”
“Near the grave the Government has established a signal-house, where two brave fellows dare the storms which occur almost daily.”
The Great South; A Record of Journeys in Louisiana, Texas, the Indian Territory, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland
“Erraidh, and you will go up to the signal-house on the rocks, and we will fire a cannon to tell the men at Dubh-Artach to look out.”
“We had to pass close to a small island on which a signal-house stands, and it now became doubtful whether we should be detected.”
“I shall not forget the old walled towns of stone perched precariously on the sloping withers of razorbacked mountains -- towns that were old when the Saviour was born; or the ancient Roman aqueducts, all pocked and pecked with age, looping their arches across the land for miles on miles; or the fields, scored and scarified by three thousand years of unremitting, relentless, everlasting agriculture; or the wide-horned Italian cattle that browsed in those fields; or yet the woman who darted to the door of every signal-house we passed and came to attention, with a long cudgel held flat against her shoulder like a sentry's musket.”
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