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It was at such a height as to have ranged with the heart of a hyena sta.to a weary trot. He was evidently blown. In a few minutes more the quagga was close upon his heels and then the huge antelope, seeing that farther running could not serve him, halted in despair, and faced round towards his pursuer. Now Hendrik had his loaded rifle in his hand, and you expect to hear that he instantly raised it to his shoulder, took aim, fired, and brought down the eland. I must disappoint you, then, by telling you that he did no such thing. Hendrik was a real hunter neither rash nor wasteful of his resources. He knew a better plan than to kill the eland upon the spot. He knew that the animal was now quite in his power and that he could drive him wherever he pleased, just like a tame ox. To have killed the creature on the spot would have been a waste of powder and shot. More than that, it would have rendered necessary all the trouble of transporting its flesh to camp a double journey at least and with the risk of the hyenas eating up most of it in his absence. Whereas he could save all this trouble by driving the eland to camp and this was his design. Without firing a shot, therefore, he galloped on past the blown bull, headed him, turned him round, and then drove Protective paint mask (disposable or replacement type) him before him in the direction of the cliff. The bull could make neither resistance nor opposition. Now and again, he would turn and trot off in a contrary direction but he was easily headed again, and at length forced forward to the top of the pass. Chapter Forty One. A wild ride on Quagga back. Hendrik was congratulating himself on his success. 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h Africa it frequents the great plains and dry karoos, stalking about in search of its prey. It is not gregarious, but lives solitary or in pairs, making its nest in trees, usually those of a thick thorny species, which renders the nest most difficult of approach. The whole edifice is about three feet in diameter, and resembles the nests of the tree building eagles. It is usually lined with feathers and down, and two or three eggs are the number deposited for a single hatching. The serpent eater is an excellent runner, and spends more time on foot than on the wing. It is a shy wary bird, yet, notwithstanding, it is most easily domesticated and it is not uncommon to see them about the houses of the Cape farmers, where they are kept as pets, on account of their usefulness in destroying snakes, lizards, and other vermin. They have been long ago introduced into the French snoring with cpap full face mask West India Islands, and naturalised there in order that they should make war upon the dangerous yellow serpent Trigonocephalus lanceolatus , the plague of the plantations in those parts. Now the bird which had so opportunely Protective paint mask (disposable or replacement type) appeared between Jan and Tr uuml ey, and had no doubt saved one or the other, or both, from the deadly bite of the spuugh slang, was a serpent eater, one that had been tamed, and that made its home among the branches of the great nwana tree. The hunters had found it upon the plain, wounded by some animal, perhaps a very large snake, and had brought it home as a curiosity. In time it quite recovered from its wounds but the kindness it had received, during the period when it was an invalid, was not thrown away upon it. When it recovered the use of its wings, it refused to leave the society of its protectors, but remained sand & sky australian pink clay porefining face mask habitually in the camp although it made frequent excursions into the surrounding plains in search of its favourite food. It always, however, returned at night, and roosted among the branches of the great nwana tree. Of course it was Jan s pet, and Jan was very good to it but it now repaid all his kindness in saving him from the fangs of the deadly cobra. The children, having recovered from their alarm, stood watching the singular conflict between serpent and serpent eater. On first seizing the reptile the bird had caught it by the neck in its beak. It might not have accomplished this so readily, had not the attention of the snake been occupied by the children, thus throwing it off its guard. Having succeeded in seizing the reptile, the bird rose nearly in a vertical direction to a height of many yards, and then opening his beak permitted the serpent to fall to the ground.ing birds or their eggs Now the sight of the weaver birds, and their nests, was nothing new to Tr uuml ey. It was some time nu pore face mask since the colony had established itself upon the willow tree, and she and they had grown well acquainted. She had often visited the birds, had collected seeds, and carried them down to the tree and there was not one of the whole colony that would not have perched upon her wrist or her pretty white shoulders, or hopped about over her fair locks, without fear. It was nothing unusual to her to see the pretty creatures playing about the branches, or entering the long vertical tunnels that led upward to their nests nothing unusual for Tr uuml ey to listen for hours to their sweet twittering, or watch their love gambols around the borders of the vley. She was not thinking of them at the moment, but of something else, perhaps of the blue water lilies perhaps of the springbok but certainly not of them, as she tripped gaily along the edge of the lake. Her attention, however, was suddenly attracted to the birds. All at once, and without any apparent cause, they commenced screaming and fluttering around the tree, their cries and gestures betokening a high state of excitement or alarm. Chapter Forty Four. The Spitting Snake. What can be the matter with my pretty birds asked Tr uuml ey of herself. Something wrong surely I see no hawk. Perhaps they are fighting among themselves. I shall go round and see. I shall soon pacify them. And so saying she mended her pace and passing round the end of the lake, walked out upon the peninsula until she stood under the willow. There was no underwood. The tree stood alone upon the very end of the spit of land, and Tr uuml ey went close in to its trunk. Here she stopped and looked up among the branches, to ascertain what was causing so much excitement among the birds. As she approached, several of the little creatures had flown towards her, and alighted upon her arms and shoulders but not as was their wont when desiring to be fed. Protective paint mask (disposable or replacement type) They appeared to be in a state of alarm, and had come to her for protection. Some Protective paint mask (disposable or replacement type) enemy certainly must be near, thought Tr uuml ey, though she could see none. She looked around and above. There were no hawks in the air, nor on the neighbouring trees, no birds of prey of any kind. Had there been one in the willow, she could easily have seen it, as the foliage was light and thin besides a hawk would not have remained in the tree with her standing so near. What, then, caused the trouble Protective paint mask (disposable or replacement type) among the birds what was still causing it for they were as noisy and terrified as ever Ha At last the enemy appears at.a drum on the shore. There you are, lieutenant, said the captain with a smile. When you are ready to go ahead, don t wait on my account, for I will go on board of the ship. But what is the drum for asked the lieutenant, who was in the Protective paint mask (disposable or replacement type) dark in his turn. I am not much of a sailor, lieutenant, but I have sent a drummer to follow the shore to the west end of the island, and you will know by the racket he makes where the island is, and how far off it is, replied the army officer. I am much obliged to you, Captain Westover that will be a safe guide for me, said Christy, as he rang to go ahead. He gave out the course west by north, and he thought he should be able to keep within hail of the island, though, as he could see nothing, it would be difficult to tell when he reached the northwest corner of it. If he continued on this course too long, he was likely to scrape acquaintance with Fort McRae, for there would be nothing in the soundings to indicate the approach to this dangerous neighbor. 255 Nothing more was heard of the guard boat, though the section of artillery continued to discharge shells into the fog for a short time. On the other side of the bay Fort Barrancas kept up its fire at long intervals, and Fort Pickens could not reply without the danger of putting a shot into the Teaser after her recent reformation. The steamer kept on her course at half speed but in ten minutes the sound of the drum fell astern of her, when the drummer could go no farther. Heave over the wheel, Beeks, said Christy. Then he rang the bell to go ahead at full speed. CHAPTER XXIII ANOTHER NIGHT EXPEDITION With the drum still beating on the shore, the Teaser rounded the northwestern point of the island, when the wheel was heaved over. Christy was entirely confident in regard to the navigation, for he had steered the Bellevite through the same channel when on an excursion a year before. But he had daylight and sunshine at that time instead of fog and gloom as on the present occasion. Buoy on the starboard, sir reported the leadsman on that side. Buoy on the port hand cried the man on the other side, a minute later. We are all right, added the lieutenant. We are between the middle ground and the island. The buoy on the port is the southwest point of the island. The Bellevite was not the only man of war that lay off Pensacola, for the Brooklyn and other vessels 257 were there to assist in the defence of Fort Pickens, which the enemy diy face mask for acne were determined to capture if possible. The government had done everything within its means to hold the fort, though an army of about ten thousand men had been gather.
Protective Paint Mask (disposable Or Replacement Type) ed, replied the lieutenant of the Teaser. I suppose you would not believe me if I should tell you, answered Christy. I judge that you can speak the truth if you try, added Lonley, with more asperity than the occasion seemed to require. I know that I could, said Christy, very 292 decidedly and I may add that I was in the habit of doing so on all occasions before this cruel Protective paint mask (disposable or replacement type) war began. Then suppose you try to do so just now, and tell me how many men your people had on board of the Teaser. You must excuse me for the present, for I do not like to make statements to one who will not believe what I say, answered Christy, rather facetiously. You are a prisoner now. I am painfully aware of the fact, but I doubt if the government service will suffer very much in my absence from duty. You are too modest by half, Mr. but I have not even the pleasure of knowing your name, and conversation is annoying under such circumstances. I am simply Midshipman Passford, at your service. Only a midshipman exclaimed Lonley. Upon my word, you ought to be a commodore. Passford Possibly you are a cousin of Colonel Passford of Protective paint mask (disposable or replacement type) Glenfield. Colonel Passford is my uncle. Do you know him asked Christy. 293 I do know fisher & paykel simplus full face mask cushion him and there is not a finer man or a truer patriot in the South than Colonel Passford. He is loading a schooner Protective paint mask (disposable or replacement type) with cotton, and he offered me the command of it. Then you are his nephew, I have heard of you. I hope my uncle is quite well, for I have not heard from him for several weeks, or since I left New York. I saw him ten days ago, and he was very well then. I am very happy to have made a prisoner of his enterprising nephew, who appears to be capable of doing our cause a great deal of mischief, replied Lonley, looking earnestly in the direction of the Teaser. Thank you, Mr. Lonley I certainly intend to do it all the mischief I can in a legitimate way. I am speaking the truth now, said Christy. But you have not answered my question in regard to the number of men on board of the Teaser when you left her. And you will excuse me for the present if I do not answer it, added the union lieutenant. Very well, Mr. Passford I cannot compel you to answer it, though doing so would do no harm to 294 your cause, for I should judge that the question of the hour is settled. What is the question of the hour, Mr. Lonley The question is which side is in possession of the Teaser, yours or mine, replied the privateersman, still gazing out into the gloom. Is that question settled asked Christy, with interest. Of course I don t know, but I should think that it was. We hear no more pistol shots and no more clash., and the Teaser appeared, as 249 well as he could calculate it, with the necessary allowances, to have made at least sixteen knots on the run from the sound channel. And a quarter five cried the leadsman of the land side. Christy spoke to Sampson through the tube, and the result was a further reduction in the speed of the steamer, Beeks, who was at one side of the wheel while the lieutenant was at the other, seemed to be a little nervous as the depth diminished and if he had spoken his thought, he would have expressed his surprise that his superior officer was running the steamer so near the shore, with the apparent intention of going still nearer. Mark under water three yelled the leadsman on the port side, while the one on the starboard gave By the mark four. Shoaling fast, said Beeks. Yes but as expected, replied Christy. Steamer, ahoy shouted a voice on the port side. On shore replied Christy promptly. What steamer is that demanded the shore speaker. 250 The Teaser, prize to the United States ship Bellevite, answered the lieutenant. Boga hobble good continued the man on shore. Rabble gabble weed responded Christy. There s a Chinaman on shore there but I am glad you speak his language, said Beeks, trying to repress his laughter. You are all right as to position shouted the islander. The guard boat must be about a mile astern of me, added Christy. We will take care of that, replied the shore speaker. Christy rang to stop the engine, which was done, though the steamer continued to go ahead under the impetus of her former headway. The leadsman on the port side reported two fathoms a little later, and then there was a ring to back her, for there could not be more than two foot of water under the keel. At this moment the peal of a twelve pounder came from the shore, and a little later the bursting of a shell was heard astern of the Teaser. Beeks was very much perplexed by the strange 251 speech which had passed between the lieutenant and the shore, and now by the discharge of the gun on the island but he was a well disciplined quartermaster, and he asked no questions. I don t think that boat will come any farther this way, said Christy, as a second report from the gun reached his ears. Then I suppose the shots we hear are directed at the boat, added Beeks. They can hardly be directed at anything out in that fog and darkness but I don t think the guard will be willing to take the risk of a chance shell bursting near them, added Christy. On board the Teaser shouted a voice quite near the bow of the steamer. In the boat replied Christy. Sound that bell slowly, Beeks, to let.