African Face Mask ifle, with a bullet less than a pea would be almost useless among the large game that inhabits the country of the boor. Upon the african face mask karoos of Africa there are crack shots and sterling hunters, as well as in the backwoods or on the prairies of America. Curving round under the field cornet s left arm, and resting against his side, was an immense powder horn of such size as could only be produced upon the head of an African ox. It was from the country of the Bechuanas, though nearly all Cape oxen grow horns of vast dimensions. Of course it was used to carry the field cornet s powder, and, if full, it must have contained half a dozen pounds at least A leopard skin pouch hanging under his right arm, a hunting knife stuck in his waist belt, and a large meerschaum pipe through the band of his hat, completed the equipments of the trek boor, Von Bloom. Hans and Hendrik were very similarly attired, armed, and equipped. Of course their trousers were of dressed sheep skin, wide like the trousers of all young boors and they also wore jackets and feldt schoenen, and broad brimmed white hats. Hans carried a light fowling piece, while Hendrik s gun was a stout rifle of the kind known as a y auml ger an excellent gun for large game. In this piece Hendrik had great pride, and had learnt to drive a nail with it at nearly a hundred paces. Hendrik was par excellence the marksman of the party. Each of the boys also carried a large crescent shaped powder horn, with a pouch for bullets and over the saddle of each was strapped the robe or kaross, differing only from their father s in that his was of the rarer leopard skin, while theirs were a commoner sort, one of antelope, and the other of jackal skin. Little Jan also wore wide trousers, jacket, feldt schoenen, and broad brimmed beaver, in fact, Jan, although scarce a yard high, was, in point of costume, a type of his father, a diminutive type of the boor. Tr uuml ey was habited in a skirt of blue woollen stuff, with a neat bodice elaborately stitched and embroidered after the Dutch fashion, and over her fair locks she wore a light sun hat of straw with a ribbon and strings. Totty was very plainly attired in strong homespun, without any head dress. As for Swartboy, a pair of old leathern crackers and a striped shirt were all the clothing he carried, beside his sheep skin kaross. Such were the costumes of our travellers. For full twenty miles the plain was wasted bare. Not a bite could the beasts obtain, and water there was none. The sun during the day shone brightly, too brightly, for his beams were as hot as within the tropics. The travellers co.n may be excused. Even the double doors of the cabin were of handsome wood, elaborately polished and they were not secured with the usual appliance of a padlock, but were provided with an expensive mortise lock, which could be operated upon either side. If Captain Carboneer had tried to open that door, he would have found that it was fastened but perhaps he could not have discovered that it had been secured upon the inside. Unless, therefore, he had taken the trouble to break open the door, he could not have ascertained that Christy Passford was actually in the cabin. Possibly, if he had opened the door by any means, he would not have discovered that the proprietor of the boat was in this dainty apartment, for the skipper had taken a great deal of pains to conceal himself so that he should not be seen, even if the intruders in the Florence had 72 succeeded in opening the doors without the aid of the key in his pocket. Though he had two very nice berths in the cabin, miraculously arranged as african face mask to space, Christy did not occupy one on the present occasion, for in that case the unbidden visitors would have seen him if their curiosity had led them to force the doors. When the cook of the Florence, usually the skipper of the craft, was engaged mask of many faces dnd 5e in the practice of the culinary art, he seated himself on what looked like a box in front of the stove. But the interior of this box was really a part of the cabin, for it contained the feet of any one occupying the berth on the starboard side. The cookroom had no end of bins, lockers and drawers to contain the variety of provisions and stores necessary to get up a dinner for the skipper and his guests, when he had any. And even all these places could not contain everything that was needed on board. military face mask Under the two berths were large, though not very deep, lockers, one of which contained the jib topsail of the craft, and other spare sails, while the opposite one was the fuel locker of the sloop. As the boat had not been used for a long time in cruising, the fuel receptacle was empty, though 73 a spare gaff topsail had been thrown into it. This locker was big enough to admit the body corporate of the skipper. It was not a particularly clean place, for a portion of it had been economized for the stowage of the charcoal, which the skipper preferred to wood. But he did not rebel at the blackness of the retreat he had chosen, for he wore his boating dress, which was hardly stylish enough for a dude or a dandy. But Skipper Passford did not crawl into this black hole for the fun of the thing. He had been spending his time in waiting for a movement.
terposed the steward. But you have not reported upon the condition of the enemy after the shot hit the Vampire, Mr. Watts, said Christy, impatiently. The shot struck her walking beam, smashed it all to pieces, and cleaned it off completely. Of 123 course, that disabled her. Very likely some of the party on board of the Vampire are hurt, for the pieces african face mask did not all drop into the water. Now, in regard to the ladies suggested the midshipman. It is for you to decide, Mr. Passford, whether or not the enemy are likely to renew the attempt to capture the steamer. But it seemed to me, whether they do anything more or not, it is not quite safe for the ladies to be alone in the house with the servants, for these fellows will be prowling about here in either case. I would not stay in the house for all the world protested Miss Florry and probably she thought that one of the prowlers would be Major Pierson. You are quite right, Mr. Watts I was not as thoughtful as you were, face mask for men replied Christy, who took in the situation with this suggestion. What were they doing on board of the Vampire, Mr. Watts I did not wait to observe their movements, but the boat began to drift down the river. Beg pardon, Mr. Passford, but the ship is swinging around, and you will not be able to use 124 that gun as it points now, said Boxie, touching his hat to the young commander. Stand by your engine, Paul we will get under way at once. Boxie, cast off the cable, and let it run out. You buoyed it, did you not said Christy, with a sudden renewal of energy, as he hastened to the pilot house, where Beeks and Thayer had been sent before. I buoyed the cable, sir, replied the sheet anchorman. Then cast it off. Sampson, open the cabin for the ladies, added Christy, as he disappeared in the pilot house. But the ladies preferred to go into the engine room. CHAPTER XI THE BATTLE ALONGSIDE THE BELLEVITE The signal lights at the bend of the river had burned out, and nothing could be seen in that direction. The turn of the tide had carried the wreck of the Vampire, if she was a wreck, down the stream, and beyond what the steward had reported, nothing was known in regard to her. Mr. Watts possessed himself of the single fact that her walking beam had been carried away by the shot, and he had not waited to ascertain anything more. She was disabled, and he had been instructed to hasten up the river as soon as he had assured himself of this fact, and made the signal. As the extent of the calamity to the enemy was unknown, the young commander began to have some painful doubts in regard to the immediate future. He had given the orde.ve been saying all along but you keep looking for the remains of a city. I gathered, Ndomi, from your recent conversation that you were digging for a land animal on the basis of three bones. Either you are working on hunch, which destroys your right to criticize, or you are reasoning from knowledge not available to the rest of us. In the latter case, you should be at least open minded enough to credit me with equivalent knowledge in my own field. It was Sulewayo s turn to have nothing to say he had honestly supposed that the archaeologist had been taking the city hypothesis no more seriously than the rest. He apologized at once, and peace was restored. Lampert sealed it by agreeing to Mitsuitei s suggestion. The rest best full face cpap masks of the evening was spent in detail planning by the two groups. At sunset, all turned in to sleep behind the protection of the electrified fence. Even the face masks for winter guide regarded this as an adequate safeguard. Apparently his opinion was shared by at least one other. The Felodon had spent most of the day under water, what is a good disposable face mask that's easy to breathe out of part of the time african face mask in the canyon fairly close to Lampert and Krendall and later down the stream by the site where the guide and archaeologist had been working. At neither place had it emerged, or shown the slightest sign of wanting to attack. McLaughlin s reference to the strange instinct of the creatures seemed justified. It certainly could not see the men, but just as certainly was aware of their presence. What it was about dinosaur face mask craft the alien visitors which african face mask exercised such an influence on the minute brain of the carnivore, no one could have said then. Any watcher who had supposed, from its earlier actions, that it was moved by a desire for new and different taste sensations would have had to discard the notion now. With the men safely settled down behind their fence, the beast suddenly turned back downstream. It had returned to the camp site at the end of the working day. In an hour it was in the jungle below the canyon in another it had killed, and was feeding as it had the moment before the african face mask hum of the helicopter had first attracted its attention. This time it finished the meal in peace and once finished, did not show immediate signs of its former obsession. Instead it sought a lair and relaxed, blending so perfectly into the undergrowth and remaining so silent that within a few minutes small animals were passing only feet away from the concealed killer. Robin Lampert was only a fair statistician, but if he had been acquainted with the moves of that Felodon during the last few days, even he would have been willing to take oath that more than chance was involved. H.nimal is esteemed superior to the calf african face mask of the white rhinoceros, whereas the black varieties never grow fat, and their flesh is tough and unpalatable. The horns of all four are used by the natives for many purposes, being solid, of fine texture, and susceptible of a high polish. Out of the longer horns the natives manufacture knobkerries clubs , and loading rods for their guns. The shorter ones afford material for mallets, drinking cups, handles for small tools, and the like. In Abyssinia, and other parts of Northern Africa, where swords are in use, sword hilts are made from the horns of the rhinoceros. The hide is also used for different purposes, among others for making the whips known as jamboks, though hippopotamus hide is superior. The skin of the African rhinoceros, as already stated, is without the plaits, folds, and scutellae, that characterise its Asiatic congener, yet it is far from being a soft one. It is so thick and difficult to pierce, that a bullet of ordinary lead will sometimes flatten upon it. To ensure its penetrating, the lead must be hardened with solder. The rhinoceros, though not a water animal, like the hippopotamus, is nevertheless fond of that element, and is rarely found at a great distance from it. All four kinds love to lie and wallow in mud, just as hogs in a summer s day and they are usually seen coated all over with this substance. During the day they may be observed lying down or standing under the shade of some thick mimosa tree, either asleep or in a state of easy indolence and it is during the night that they wander about in search of food and water. If approached from the lee side they can easily be got at, as their small sparkling eyes do not serve them well. On the contrary, if the hunter go to windward, they will scent him at a great distance, as their sense of smell is most acute. If their eyes were only as keen as their nostrils, it would be a dangerous game to attack them, for they can run with sufficient rapidity to overtake a horse in the first charge. In charging and running, the black variety far excels the white. They are easily avoided, however, by the hunter springing quickly to one side, and letting them rush blindly on. The black rhinoceros is about six feet high at the shoulder, and full thirteen in length while the white facial mask kinds are far larger. The kobaoba is full seven feet high, and fourteen in length No wonder that an animal of these extraordinary dimensions was at first sight taken for the elephant. In fact, the kobaoba rhinoceros is the quadruped next to the elephant in size and with his great muzzle full eighteen.
African Face Mask Although the elephant may consider the loss of his huge tusks a great calamity, were he only a little wiser, he would break them off against the first tree. It would, in all probability, african face mask be the means of prolonging his life for the hunter would not then consider him worth the ammunition it usually takes to kill him. After a short consultation among the hunters, Swartboy started off upon the spoor, followed by Von Bloom and Hendrik. It led straight out from the channel, and across the jungle. Usually the bushes mark the course of an elephant, where these are of the sort he feeds upon. In this case he had not fed but the Bushman, who could follow spoor with a hound, had no difficulty in keeping on the track, as fast as the three were able to travel. They emerged into open glades and, after passing through several of these, came upon a large ant hill that stood in the middle of one of the openings. The elephant had passed close to the ant hill he had stopped there a while stay, he must have lain down Von Bloom did not know that elephants were in the habit of lying down. He had always heard it said that they slept standing. Swartboy knew better than that. He said that they sometimes slept standing, but oftener lay down, especially in districts where they were not much hunted. Swartboy considered it a good sign that smiley face mask this one had lain down. He reasoned from it that the elephants had not been disturbed in that neighbourhood, and would be the more easily approached and killed. They would be less likely to make off from that part of the country, until they the hunters had had a african face mask good pull out of sephora face masks them. This last consideration was one of great importance. In a district where elephants have been much hunted, and have learnt what the crack of a gun signifies, a single day s chase will often set them travelling and they will not bring up again, until they have gone far beyond the reach of the hunters. Not only the particular individuals that have been chased act in this way but all the others, as though warned by their companions, until not an elephant remains in the district. This migratory habit is one of the chief difficulties which the elephant hunter must needs encounter and, when it occurs, he has no other resource but to change his sphere of action. On the other hand, where elephants have remained for a long time undisturbed, the report of a gun does not terrify them and african face mask they will bear a good deal of hunting before showing their heels and leaving the place. Swartboy, therefore, rejoiced on perceiving that the old bull had lain down. The Bushman drew a world of conclusions from.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 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 african face mask 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 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 african 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 african face mask 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.