Before we do this, let us stop a moment and make clear to ourselves what we have seen.
During twenty years, over a hundred thousand men were busy carrying the necessary stones from the other side of the river—ferrying them across the Nile how they ever managed to do this, we do not understand , dragging them in many instances a long distance across the desert and finally hoisting them into their correct position.
With the noise of a dozen thunderstorms torrents of ice and mud and blocks of granite suddenly tumbled among the people of the forest and killed them while they slept.
But so well did the King's architects and engineers perform their task that the narrow passage-way which leads to the royal tomb in the heart of the stone monster has never yet been pushed out of shape by the weight of those thousands of tons of stone which press upon it from all sides.
But when no ships left the harbor, when no ore was brought to the smelting-ovens, when dockworkers and stevedores were thrown out of employment, then there were grumblings and there was a demand that the popular assembly be called together as in the olden days when Carthage had been a self-governing republic.
When they tried to stay more than a few days there was a terrible battle with claw-like hands and feet and whole families were killed.
Hannibal, the deliverer, found himself opposed by the people whose friend he pretended to be.
They seemed to say that they were hungry.