Windproof Face Mask e sound. The workmen were not likely to hear the approach of the boat while they were making so much noise themselves. In addition to the sounds they had heard before, they recognized the noise of escaping steam. This last discovery made it certain that a steamer was there, though the listeners could not know whether it was the Teaser or not. Both of the officers of the expedition, in the uselessness of their eyes, made the best use they could of their ears. Christy listened to ascertain if there was more than one steamer present. In a whisper he asked Flint windproof face mask to consider this question. There was no doubling of the sounds to indicate more than one steamer. For ten minutes more Christy listened and was silent but he was doing some very heavy thinking, 217 for by this time the boat was very near the scene of operations, if it could be a scene in that dense darkness. Every sound, even to the speech of the men, could be distinctly heard. Still nothing could be seen, and Christy knew that there was a point of nearness where something could be discerned even in any gloom of night. He permitted the boat to continue metal face mask on its course, till he could very dimly make out an object ahead. Way enough, he whispered to Beeks. The coxswain raised both hands, and made a gesture with them, which was the signal for the men to cease rowing. The sounds were now more tangible. Occasionally there were a few raps with a hammer, but the most of them were the orders of the person in charge. I don t believe there are more than a dozen men there, whispered Flint. More than that, I should say but even if there are two dozen, it is all the same. Take off the mufflers from the oars, Beeks, continued Christy. Then give way with a will, and run for whatever may come in sight. Beeks obeyed the order, and in a couple of minutes the boat was driving into the gloom at her 218 ordinary speed. Something came into view a moment later, and it was a small steamer. Boat, ahoy shouted some one from the steamer. On board of the steamer replied Christy. Are you the pilot demanded the speaker from the vessel. Ay, ay, sir, responded the lieutenant. I windproof face mask shall not want you now, continued the man on the steamer. How is that demanded Christy, as though this was an entirely unexpected reply. I have concluded to make my way out through the sound, Gilder. Then my name is Gilder, added Christy, in a low tone. I have a plan of my own, and I reckon I shall make it go, proceeded the captain of the steamer. The Teaser don t draw much water, and I know how to help her over the shoal places. When do you expect to get through the sound ask.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, windproof face mask 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, windproof face mask 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 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 Sitka Face Mask around them for the trees meeting overhead caused an obscurity sombre as 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.
uld have been converted into a miniature island had that been desired. Now there is nothing very remarkable about a little peninsula projecting into a lake. In nearly every lake such a thing may be seen. But about this one there was something remarkable. Upon its extreme end grew a tree of singular form and foliage. It was not a large tree, and its branches drooped downwards until their tips almost touched the water. The pendulous boughs, and long lanceolate silvery leaves, rendered it easy to tell what sort of tree it was. It was the weeping or Babylonian willow so called, because it was upon trees of this species that the captive Jews hung their harps when they sat and wept by the streams of Babel. This beautiful tree casts its waving shadow over the streams of South Africa, as well as those of Assyria and often is the eye of the traveller gladdened by the sight of its silvery leaves, as he beholds them, sure indications of water shining afar over the parched homemade face mask with honey and thirsty desert. If a Christian, he fails not to remember that highly poetical passage of sacred writing, that speaks of the willow of Babylon. Now the one which grew upon the little peninsula had all these points of interest for little Tr uuml ey but it had others as well. Upon its branches that overhung the water a very singular appearance presented itself. Upon these was suspended one upon the end of each branch a number of odd shaped objects, that hung drooping down until their lower ends nearly rested upon the surface of the water. These objects, as stated, were of a peculiar shape. At the upper ends where they were attached to the branches they were globe shaped, but the lower part consisted of a long cylinder of much smaller diameter, and at the bottom of this cylinder was the entrance. They bore some resemblance to salad oil bottles inverted, with their necks considerably lengthened or they might be compared to the glass retorts seen in the laboratory of the chemist. They were each twelve or fifteen inches in length, and of a greenish colour nearly as green as the leaves of the tree itself. Were they its fruit No. The weeping willow bears no fruit of that size. They were not fruit. They were nests of birds Yes they were the nests of a colony of harmless finches of the genus Ploceus, better known to you under the appellation of weaver birds. I am sure you have heard of weaver birds before this and you know that these creatures are so called on account of the skill which they exhibit in the construction of their nests. They do not build nests, as other birds, but actually weave them, in a most ingenious.the other hand, if the Vampire was disabled, she would stay where she was, or drift down the river with the turn of the tide, and it was just about full sea at this time. The smoke was very aggravating to the midshipman, but he could not help himself. The light air swept it away in time, and, with his strained eyes, Christy discovered that two Roman candles were burning at the signal station. Did you hit her, Christy asked Paul Vapoor, leaping on the gun carriage. I did, replied the midshipman, trying to control a certain feeling of exultation that took possession of his mind, for he did not consider that some of the party below might have been killed by the shot. I suppose you don t know anything about the effect of the shot yet added Paul. I only know that the Vampire is disabled. How do you know that, for I can t see anything 121 Do you see those two blue lights burning at the side of the river asked Christy, as he pointed to the place. I see them, and they light up the river like a flash of lightning. They mean that facial mask the steamer is disabled and for that reason she can t come any nearer than she is now. But those villains will make their way to the shore, and there are boats enough about here to enable them to get alongside, and lay us aboard. This is not the end of the affair, said the engineer, very seriously. Decidedly not but I hope to have further information in the course of a few minutes, replied Christy. Bellevite, ahoy shouted some one on shore. That is Mr. Watts send Sampson on shore after him, and we shall soon know the condition of affairs on board of the Vampire, added the midshipman. I told the steward to ride windproof face mask up as fast as he could after he had satisfied himself that the steamer was disabled. Sampson was gone but a few minutes, during which time Christy and Paul consulted in regard 122 to the next step to be taken, and the question was promptly decided. The boat in which Sampson had gone to the shore returned not only with the steward, but also with Mrs. Passford and Miss Florry. What does this mean, mother asked Christy, astonished to see his mother and sister come on board. It means that we were alarmed, and could not stay in the house any longer, said Florry, taking it upon herself to answer. Your father has not come home yet, Christy, and I don t think he will come to night, for he said he might not be able to return in the last train, added Mrs. Passford. We came down to the shore with two of the men, and saw Mr. Watts when he arrived on the horse. And I shall take the responsibility of having advised the ladies to go on board of the Bellevite, in.yena, which differs altogether from this one, and is an inhabitant of the Great Desert. He is shorter haired and of uniform brown colour, but like the rest in habits and general character. No doubt, windproof face mask when the central parts of Africa have been thoroughly explored, several species of hyena will be added to the list of those already known. The habits of the hyenas are not unlike those of the larger wolves. They dwell in caves, of clefts of rocks. Some of them use the burrows of other animals for their lair, which they can enlarge for themselves as they are provided with burrowing claws. They are not tree climbers, as their claws are not sufficiently retractile for that. It is in their teeth their main dependence lies, and in the great strength of their jaws. Hyenas are solitary animals, though often troops of them are seen together, attracted by the common prey. A dozen or more will meet over a carcass, lancome face mask but each goes his own way on leaving it. They are extremely voracious will eat up almost anything even scraps of leather or old shoes Bones they break and swallow as though these were pieces of tender flesh. heated face mask They are bold, particularly with the poor natives, disposable protective masks who do not hunt them with a view to extermination. They enter the miserable kraals of the natives, and often carry off their children. It is positively true that hundreds of children have been destroyed by hyenas in Southern Africa It is difficult for you to comprehend why this is permitted why there is not a war of extermination carried on against the hyenas, until these brutes are driven out of the land. You cannot comprehend such a state of things, because you do not take into account the difference between savage and civilised existence. You will suppose that human life in Africa is held of far less value than it is in England but if you thoroughly understood political science, you would discover that many a law of civilised life calls for its victims in far greater numbers than do the hyenas. The empty review, the idle court f te, the reception of an emperor, all require, as their natural sequence, the sacrifice of many lives Chapter Twenty Six. A house among the tree tops. Von Bloom now reflected that the hyenas were likely to prove a great pest to him. No meat, nor anything, would be safe from them even his very children would be in danger, if left alone in the camp and no doubt he would often be compelled to leave them, as he would require the older ones upon his hunting excursions. There were other animals to be dreaded still more than the hyenas. Even during that night they had heard the roaring of lions down b.
Windproof Face Mask o the house, and explain how I happen to be 31 here, replied Corny, as he proceeded to give the details of his meeting with his uncle. Is Miss Florry at home asked Mulgate, in a more gentle tone, as though he had a deeper interest in the direction he had indicated. She is at home, and was at the supper table with us. How does she seem to be asked the stranger. First rate she is as jolly as though no one ever heard of such a thing as war, replied Corny, with enthusiasm. Did she say anything about her stay at Glenfield inquired Mulgate, whose interest seemed to mount to the pitch bape face mask of anxiety. Not a word she did not even hint at Glenfield, or anything windproof face mask connected with it, answered Corny and, after the sharp tones of the other, he seemed to take pleasure in thorning him with negative answers. Did she say anything about me Not a word. Didn t she mention my name She did not. Didn t she ask about my health, or want to know where I was 32 Florry did not allude to you in any manner. If she wanted to know where you were, she did not say windproof face mask a word about it to me, replied Corny, in the most decided tones. It was still light enough to see that there was something like a frown on the brow of Mr. Mulgate. He had evidently believed that the daughter of the millionnaire of Bonnydale was interested in him, and his inquiries indicated that he expected her to ask about him but she had not made the remotest allusion to him. Besides, she was as jolly as she had been at Glenfield, when war was a matter of the future, which few believed would ever be realized. She had not grown thin and pale during her absence from him, and she did not appear to be wasting her sweetness in pining for him. What in the world are you talking about, Mulgate suddenly demanded his companion on his side of the fence. I thought we were here for business, and you are talking about some girl. She is the lady of whom I spoke to you she spent the last winter with her uncle at the Glenfield Plantation. I am interested in her, replied 33 Mulgate, as though he had given a sufficient excuse for the questions he had put to Corny. Are we to windproof face mask capture her and take her back to the State of Alabama demanded the other, who seemed to be a gentleman of forty at least. I don t know that depends but, Captain Carboneer, I hope you will be my friend in this little matter, added Mulgate. I don t know any thing about the little matter but I am not willing to jeopardize the enterprise windproof face mask that brings us here to how to make a face mask help you out with a love affair, replied the older gentleman. There will be time enough for you to look for a wife after the war is over, and y.king at his wrist, and hearing the antelope scream. But he had not quite opened his eyes, before he felt himself dragged violently over the ground. He thought at first it was Swartboy playing some trick upon him but as he passed the fire, he saw by windproof face mask its light that it was a huge black animal that had seized the ourebi, and was dragging both him and it along. Of course he then began to scream for help, and caught at everything he could to keep himself from being carried away. But he could lay hold of nothing, until he found himself among thick bushes, and these he seized and held with all his might. He could not have held out long against the strength of the hyena but it was just at that moment that Swartboy came up with his firebrand, and beat off the ravisher with a shower of blows. When they got back to the light of the fire they found that Jan was all right. But the poor ourebi it had been sadly mangled, and was now of no more value than a dead rat. Chapter Twenty Five. A chapter upon Hyenas. Hyenas are wolves only wolves of a particular kind. They have the same general habits as windproof face mask wolves, and much of their look. They division 2 face masks have heavier heads, broader thicker muzzles, shorter and stouter necks, and altogether a coarser and shaggier coat. One of the most characteristic marks of the hyena is the inequality in the development of its limbs. The hind legs appear weaker and shorter than the fore ones, so that the rump is far lower than the shoulders and the line of the back, instead of being horizontal, as in most animals, droops obliquely towards the tail. The short thick neck and strong jaws are characteristics the former so much so, that in the days of fabulous natural history the hyena was said to be without cervical vertebrae. Its thick neck and powerful jaw bones have their uses. It is by virtue of these that the hyena can make a meal upon bones, which would be of no use whatever to the ordinary wolf or other beast of prey. It can break almost the largest and strongest joints, and not only extract their marrow, but crush the bones themselves, and swallow them as food. Here, again, we have proof of Nature s adaptation. It is just where these large bones are found in greatest plenty that we find the hyena. Nature suffers nothing to be wasted. Hyenas are the wolves of Africa windproof face mask that is, they are in Africa the representatives of the large wolf, which does not exist there. It is true the jackal is a wolf in every respect, but only a small one and there is no true wolf in Africa of the large kind, such as the gaunt robber of the Pyrenees, or his twin brother of America. But the hyena i.