It needed but a second look to show that this was not a log of wood but the sleeve of a man's coat. A closer inspection revealed that the sleeve was not empty.
There was an arm inside that sleeve, and a little more under the water one could see distinctly a hand white and sodden by the water.
The dark stream just rippled over this hand, half veiling it at times, though never hiding it.
"The body will be jammed among the bricks," said a by-stander; and all assented with awe.
"Eh! to think of its sticking out an arm like that!" said a young girl.
"Dead folk have done more than that, sooner than want Christian burial," replied an old woman.
"I warrant ye they have. I can't look at it."
"Is it cloth, or what?" inquired another.