from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See brake-van.
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And, indeed, Sheila had been so much agitated and perplexed during this afternoon that she acted in a sort of mechanical fashion, and really escaped the nervousness which otherwise would have attended the novel experience of purchasing a ticket and of arranging about the carriage of a dog in the break-van.
A shot had smashed the glass in the window of the break-van in which some officers were travelling; and in one of the trucks I was shown a hole in the thick timber made by a bullet, which, after passing through two inches of wood, had pierced a lancer's breast and killed him, besides shattering the wrist of yet another lancer.
John Marrot's garden was a small one -- so small that the break-van of his own "Flyin 'Dutchman" could have contained it easily -- but it was not too small to present a luxuriance, fertility, and brilliance of colour that was absolutely magnificent!
This special train, consisting of an engine, a single carriage, and a break-van, was to leave the Mantua platform at eleven; at Padua the passengers were to alight and find post-chaises waiting to convey them to
Ponte di Brenta; at Ponte di Brenta another engine, carriage, and break-van were to be in readiness.
Roman Catholic chaplain and myself entered the break-van we seemed to be taking charge of a gigantic Mothers 'Meeting out for a holiday, babies and all, or else to be escorting a big Sunday School to "Happy