She sighed at the futile thoughts.
At Palermo Queen Maria Carolina continued to make vehement but futile efforts for the overthrow of King Joseph.
The negotiations between this nominal administration and the Chilean authorities for a treaty of peace proved futile, the Chilean occupation of Lima and the Peruvian seaboard continuing uninterruptedly until 1883.
French influence made futile his attempt to come to an understanding with the emperor Louis the Bavarian.
An attack was made on the gaol by the lawless element outside the hall, but was futile - the murderer having been removed by the authorities to Columbus.
Its purpose in all probability was, in the first instance, to exhibit to the Babylonian Jews the overwhelming power of Rome and so to deter them from repeating the futile revolt of the Jews of Palestine.
Horace Greeley's anti-slavery work culminated in his appeal to President Lincoln, entitled "The Prayer of Twenty Millions," in which he urged "that all attempts to put down the rebellion and at the same time uphold its inciting cause" were preposterous and futile, and that "every hour of deference to slavery" was "an hour of added and deepened peril to the Union."
After some futile negotiations ... an assault was delivered upon Malacca, and though the first attempt to take the city failed after some hard fighting, a second assault made some days later succeeded, and Malacca passed forever into European hands.
These futile tactics exasperated the home government, which on the 22nd of February despatched General Baldissera, with strong reinforcements, to supersede Baratieri.
From this date till the peace of 1763 he served in the Channel in various more or less futile expeditions against the coast of France, with a steady increase of reputation as a firm and skilful officer.
His negotiations with Russia proved futile, and after a year's absence he returned to New York.
The attempt was futile, Bagdad was besieged and taken, and from that time until their final downfall the Abbasid caliphs were mere puppets, while the real rulers were successively the Turkish guard, the Buyids and the Seljuks.
The motif of the former is the poet's futile endeavour, in a dream, to ward off the arrows of Dame Beautee by Reason's "scheld of gold."
He settled in England as a West India merchant, making another futile attempt to enter parliament.
His efforts to induce his master to accord lenient terms to Austria in November 1805 were futile; and he looked on helplessly while that Power was crushed, the Holy Roman Empire swept away, and the Confederation of the Rhine set up in central Europe.
The efforts of the British authorities at this period (1882-1883) to bring about a satisfactory settlement were feeble and futile, and fighting continued until peace was made entirely on Boer lines.
In 1769-1774 there was a futile attempt to secure the union of the Associate Presbytery with the main American Church.
It may fairly be held that the reforms of Solon would have been futile had they not been fulfilled and amplified by the genius of Peisistratus.
Philip sent the grand commander, Don Luis Requesens, as governor-general in his place, and after some futile attempts by Luis at negotiation the war went on.
Baratieri, after a futile attempt to direct the retreat, fled in haste and reached Adi-Caj before the debris of his army.
He displays his own vanity, frivolity and futile cleverness with much unconscious humour, but, it is only fair to allow, with some literary dexterity.
Several futile attempts have been made to draw conclusions as to the intelligence of various birds.
The pity of it is that he should have squandered his powers in a futile attempt to create an entirely new category of literature.
After a futile insurrection in 1859, Perugia was finally united, along with the rest of Umbria, to Piedmont, in 1860.
In addition to his native tongue he could read Latin and understood Greek, but he was unable to write, and Einhard gives an account of his futile efforts to learn this art in later life.