Cooling Face Mask yards of the kraal. Von Bloom and Hendrik sat silent, and watched the proceedings of the Bushman. The latter drew from his pocket a clew of small cord, and, having carefully uncoiled it, attached one end to an arrow. He then rode up to within thirty yards of the house, and dismounted not directly opposite the entrance, but a little to the one side so that the face of the wooden door, which was fortunately but three quarters open, was thus fair before him. Keeping the bridle over his arm, he now bent his bow, and sent the arrow into the woodwork of the cooling face mask door. There it was, sticking near the edge, and just under the latch As soon as Swartboy delivered the shaft, he had leaped back into his saddle to be ready for retreat in case the lion should spring out. He still, however, kept hold of the string, one end of which was attached to the arrow. The thud of the arrow, as it struck the door, had drawn the attention of the lion. Of course, none of them saw him, but his angry growl told them that it was so. He did not show himself, however, and was again silent. Swartboy now drew the string taut, first felt it with a steady pull and then, satisfied of its strength, gave it a stronger jerk, and brought the door to. The latch acted beautifully, and the door remained shut even after the strain was taken off the cord. To have opened the door now the lion must have had the sagacity to lift the latch, or else must have broken through the thick, strong planks neither of which was to be feared. But the window still remained open, and through it the lion could easily leap out. Swartboy, of course, designed closing it in the same manner as he had done the door. But now arose a particular danger. He had only one piece of cord. That was attached to the arrow that still stuck fast. How was he to detach and get possession of it There appeared to be no other way but by going up to the door and cutting it from the shaft. In this lay the danger for, should the lion perceive him and rush out by the window, it would be all over with the Bushman. Like most of his race, Swartboy was more cunning than brave though he was far from being a coward. Still he was by no means inclined at that moment to go up to the door of the kraal. The angry growls from within would have made a stouter heart than Swartboy s quail with fear. In this dilemma Hendrik came to his relief. Hendrik had conceived a way of getting possession of the string, without going near the door Calling to Swartboy to be on his guard, he rode within thirty yards of the entrance but on the other side from where Swartboy was and there haltedon deck if you like, mother and Florry, or you may come with me into the pilot house, added Christy. The engineer had to remain on duty, and Miss Florry mildly objected to leaving her present comfortable position on the sofa of the engine room but as her mother wished to go with her brother, she felt obliged to go with her. Christy gave his mother and sister places on the sofa abaft of the wheel, and then looked into the position of the steamer. But the two quartermasters 139 had so often steered the steamer up and down the river that they had done very well, and there was no especial need of the midshipman as a pilot. The Bellevite was not going at anything like her best speed, or at her usual rate at sea. As she was going, it was about a four hours run to New York, and Christy was not in a hurry to get to his destination. Beeks, we have a prisoner, and I should like to take his measure, said Christy to the senior quartermaster. You may go aft and ask Sampson to bring him into the pilot house. Bring him into the pilot house, repeated the man, as he left the cooling face mask apartment. What are you going to do with your prisoner, Christy asked Mrs. Passford. I shall hand him over to the proper officers, and they can do what they please with him, replied the middy. I don t want him do you, mother What should I want of him Perhaps you want him, Florry asked Christy of his sister. I am sure I don t, she replied, pouting. Perhaps you will want him when you have seen him, added the middy roguishly. 140 At this moment Sampson appeared at the door of the pilot house, conducting his prisoner, whose hands were still tied behind him. Christy did not see him at first, for he was looking at his sister but her pretty face suddenly turned crimson, and her brother heard the sound of footsteps in the apartment. As soon as he saw the prisoner, he started back in astonishment, though perhaps there was no particular reason to be surprised. It was not Mr. Haslett, as he had supposed, and it certainly was not Captain Carboneer. But it was Major Lindley Pierson, late commandant of Fort Gaines. Christy had not expected to meet him, and that was how long does a disposable paint mask last the only reason why he was astonished. Major Pierson exclaimed the midshipman, as soon as he had in some degree recovered from his astonishment. I believe we have met before somewhere. Without a doubt we have, Captain Passford, replied the major, who no longer belonged to the Mulgate family. Not cooling face mask a captain, if you please but I am none the less glad to see you on that account. This is really a very unexpected pleasure. 141 And quite as unexpected to me, I assure you, es.
the water, which were tall and with single stems, those upon the islet were supported by many trunks, proclaiming them to be some species of the Indian fig or banyan. One near the centre, from its greater width and more numerous supporting pillars, seemed the patriarch of the tribe and to this their eyes were especially directed. For out of its leafy shadows came the strange sounds which had hitherto guided them. Among its branches, without any doubt, the red gorilla had his home and there he would be found in the bosom of his family. Grasping his gun, and whispering to Saloo to follow him, Captain Redwood started towards the tree so clearly indicated as the goal of their expedition. Chapter Thirty Five. The Family at Home. Bringing to his mouth the sumpitan, in whose tube he had already placed one of his poisoned arrows, and compressing the trumpet shaped embouchure against his lips, he gave a puff that sent the shaft on its deadly way with such velocity, that even in clear daylight its exit could only have been detected like a spark from a flint. In the obscurity that shrouded the cooling face mask gorilla s roost, nothing at all was seen, and nothing heard for the sumpit is as silent on its message as the wing of an owl when beating through the twilight. True, there was something heard, though it was not the sound of the arrow. Only a growl from the great red cooling face mask gorilla, that had felt something sting him, and on feeling it threw up his paw to scratch the place, no doubt fancying it to be but the bite of a cooling face mask mosquito or hornet. The piece of stick broken off by his fingers may have seemed to him rather strange, but not enough so to full face mask cpap arouse him from his dreamy indifference. Not even when another and another sting of the same unusual kind caused him to renew his scratching for by this time he was beginning to succumb to the narcotic influence that would soon induce the sleep of death. It did thus end for after a time, and almost without a struggle, the red haired monster lay stretched upon the platform which had long been his resting place, his huge limbs supple and tremulous with the last throes of life. And beside him, in the same condition, was soon after seen his wife, who, of weaker conformation, had more quickly yielded to the soporific effect of the upas poison, from which, when it has once pervaded the blood, there is no chance of recovery. Saloo did not deem the infant mias worthy a single arrow, and after its parents had been disposed of, he sprang upon the scaffold, followed by Captain Redwood, who, the moment after, was kneeling by his child, and with ear closely pressed to her bos.t by so dangerous a character as Christy had proved himself 78 to be to the peace and dignity of the Confederacy, heard all that was said, and he obtained a full idea of the intentions of the conspirators. When they went on board of the Bellevite, he was so excited that he could no longer remain in his prison, but came out, and crept up the accommodation ladder cooling face mask to the deck of the steamer. But he was careful not to show himself, and, having a key to the cabin, he went into it, locking the door after him. Then he had a chance to think. What should he do He had no force at hand to beat off such a party as Captain Carboneer mentioned. They might carry out their plot that very night, as they had talked of cooling face mask doing. Perhaps it would be executed at once, even while he was on board, and he would then be a prisoner. This idea was too galling to be considered, and he left the cabin to visit the wardroom. Going still farther forward, he was surprised to hear the roar of the flames in the furnaces below. It looked at that moment as though the Bellevite was doomed to sail under a Confederate flag. But if he could do nothing more, he could save himself, even if he had to jump into the river and swim to the shore. 79 Christy lost no time in making his way to the main deck of the vessel but he was careful to avoid the visitors. He went back to the cabin, and went on deck from it. Then he discovered that the trio were in the act of descending the accommodation steps. Mounting the rail he saw them embark in the Florence, and sail down the river. Dismounting from the rail, he hastened to the engine room, where he found Sampson getting the engine ready to be put in motion. Ah, Christy, I thought you had gone, said the oiler. Who were those two men who were on board asked Christy, not a little excited. They were two gentlemen you brought on board, Christy, replied Sampson, innocently enough. That I brought on board exclaimed the skipper of the Florence. Yes, sir and I thought you had gone ashore with them, added the oiler. I brought no men on board, Sampson What are you talking about demanded Christy impatiently. Didn t you bring two gentlemen on board, and 80 didn t one of them want to measure the carriage of the big gun No I did not I have not seen you before now this evening, protested Christy. Then I have lost my senses. Didn t you tell me to get up steam, because the steamer would be moved to the navy yard before daylight in the morning demanded Sampson, bewildered by the denial black off face mask of the young man. I see now, added Christy. You mistook Corny for me. Sampson gave him all the details of the v.and I could not resist trying. The broad blind jaw of the brute was fair before me. I took aim, and pulled trigger but, instead of waiting to see the effect of my shot, I ran right off in an opposite direction. I did not halt till I had put several acres of antelopes between myself and the place where I had last stood and then I made the best of my way to the wagon. Long before I had reached it, I could see that Jan, and Tr uuml ey, and Totty, were safe under the tent. That gave me pleasure, but I also saw that the sheep and goats had got mixed up with the springboks, and were moving off with them disposable oculus mask as if they belonged to the same species I fear they are all lost. And the lion inquired Hendrik. Yonder he lies answered Hans, modestly pointing to a yellow mass out upon the plain, over which the vultures were already beginning to hover. Yonder he lies, you could hardly have done it better yourself, brother Hendrik. As Hans said this, he smiled in such a manner as to show, that he had no idea of making a boast of his achievements. Hendrik was loud in acknowledging that it was a most splendid feat, and also in regretting that he had not been on the ground to witness the wonderful migration of the springboks. But there was no time for much idle talk. Von Bloom and his party were in a very unpleasant situation. His flocks were all gone. The cow and horses alone remained and for these not a blade of grass had been left by the antelopes. Upon what cooling face mask were they to be fed To follow the spoor of the migratory springboks with the hope of recovering their flock would be quite useless. Swartboy assured them of this. The poor animals might be carried hundreds of miles before they could separate themselves from the great herd, or bring their involuntary journey to an end The horses could travel but little farther. There was nought to feed them on but the leaves of the mimosas, and this was but poor food for hungry horses. It would be fortunate if they could be kept alive until they should reach some pasture cooling face mask and where now was pasture to be found Locusts and antelopes between them seemed to have turned all Africa into a desert The field cornet soon formed his resolution. He would remain there for the night, and early on the morrow set out in search of some other spring. face mask brush Fortunately Hans had not neglected to secure a brace of the springboks and their fat venison now came into general use. A roast of that, and a drink of cool water from the spring, soon refreshed the three wearied travellers. The horses were let loose among the mimosa cooling face mask trees, and allowed to shift for themselves and although unde.
Cooling Face Mask dy completed the arrangements. On the top of his turban, safely secured by a knotting of his long black hair, he had fastened his bamboo quiver of poisoned arrows while his kris with which a Malay under no circumstances thinks of parting lay along his thigh, kept in position by the waist strap used in suspending his sarong. With his sumpitan and the captain s gun in his left hand, he was ready to take to the water. Not another moment was lost the voices of the ourangs seemed to be calling them and plunging through the shallow, they were soon out in deep water, and striking steadily but rapidly, silently but surely, towards the centre of the lagoon. Henry and Murtagh remained on the shore looking after them. The ship carpenter was but an indifferent swimmer, and the youth was not strong enough to have swam half a mile. It was doubtful if either could have reached the spot where the apes seemed to have made their rendezvous. And if so, they would have been too exhausted to have rendered any service in case of a sudden conflict. The brave Irishman, devoted to his old skipper, and Henry, anxious to share his father s fate, would have made the attempt but Captain Redwood restrained them, directing both to await his return. They stood close to the water s edge, following the swimmers with their eyes, and with prayers for their success, scarcely uttered in words, but fervently felt Murtagh, according to the custom overnight face mask of his country and creed, sealing the petition by making the sign of the cross. Chapter Thirty Four. Swimming in Shadow. Silently and swiftly the two swimmers continued their course through the shadowy aisles of the forest. Twilight, almost darkness, was above and around them for the trees meeting overhead caused an obscurity sombre as respironics dreamwear full face mask night itself. No ray of sunlight ever danced upon the surface of that dismal lagoon. They would have lost their way, had not the noises guided them. Should these be discontinued, their exertions might be all in vain. They thought of this as they proceeded, and reflected also on the course to be adopted when they reached the rendezvous of the gorillas. Supposing there could be no footing found, how were they to use either gun or sumpitan The question passed between them in a whisper as they swam side by side. Neither knew how to answer it. Saloo only expressed a hope that they might get upon the limb of a tree near enough to send a bullet or arrow into the body of the mias, and terminate his career. There seemed no other chance, and they swam on, keeping it before their minds. About the direction, they had no difficulty whatever. Althou.try cooling face mask around had a soft park like appearance, which contrasted well with the dark cliff that rose beyond the latter stepping up from the plain by a precipice of several hundred feet in height, and seemingly as vertical as the walls of a house. The fine landscape was gratifying to the eyes of the traveller such a fine country in the midst of so much barrenness for he knew that most of the surrounding region was little better than a wild karoo. The whole of it to the north for hundreds of miles was a famous desert the desert of Kalihari and these cliffs were a part of its southern border. The vee boor would have been rejoiced at such a sight under other circumstances. But what to him now were all these fine pastures now that he was no longer able to stock them Notwithstanding the beauty of the scene, his reflections were painful. But he did not give way to despair. His present troubles were sufficiently grievous to prevent him from dwelling much on rite aid disposable mask the future. His first care was to find a place where his horses might be recruited for without them he could no longer move anywhere without them he would be helpless indeed. Water was the desired object. If water could not be found, all this beautiful park through which he was passing would be as valueless to him as the brown desert. Surely so lovely a landscape could not exist without that most essential element So thought the field cornet and at the turning cooling face mask of every new grove best face mask reddit his eyes wandered over the ground in search of it. Ho he joyfully exclaimed as a covey of large Namaqua partridges whirred up from his path. A good sign that they are seldom far from water. Shortly after, he saw a flock of beautiful pintados, or guinea hens, running into a copse. This was a still further proof that water was nigh. But surest of all, on the top of a tall cameel doorn tree, he next observed the brilliant plumage of a parrot. Now, muttered he to himself, I must be very near to some spring or pool. He rode cheerfully forward and after a little while arrived upon the crest of an elevated ridge. Here he halted to observe the flight of the birds. Presently he false face masks noticed a covey of partridges flying in a westerly direction, and shortly after, another covey going the same way. Both appeared to alight near a gigantic tree that grew in the plain about five hundred yards from the bottom of the cliffs. This tree stood apart from any of the others, and was by far the largest Von Bloom had yet seen. As he remained gazing at its wonderful dimensions, he observed several pairs of parrots alighting upon it. These, after chattering a while among its branches.