The City at Night
with a myriad lights ; far up to the reaches of Kemen-dine, down away to the meeting of the waters by Puzun-Daung, and all across to the murky Dalla shore, the lights twinkle, a great host. Out of the distance come twin lights threading their way through the motionless crowd, and out of the gloom there grows a slight outline, and there comes a flash like the under-
gleam of a shark, as a launch, with a quiet policeman seated within her, throbs past. Here all, or nearly all, is peace and silence ; but down-stream the night wind bears the burden ot the dock labourers' song, as they sweat and labour into the dawn under the flare of the furious Lubigen.
The great elemental forces work in silence, and the whole stupendous drama is accomplished almost invisibly.
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