Chemical Face Mask scarce any longer gave a thought to the kobaoba. Not that they had formed any very great hopes of being able to kill the gigantic animal, yet some such thought was running through their minds. They had determined to try, at all events. Before they could agree upon any plan, however, the turkey hunting face mask elephant had got up to the edge of the lake. Though moving only at a slow walk, with his immense strides he soon measured off a large quantity of ground, and advanced much more rapidly than one would have supposed. The hunters had scarce time to exchange thoughts, before the huge creature was up within chemical face mask a few yards of the water. Here he halted, pointed his proboscis in different directions, stood quite silent, and seemed to listen. There was no noise to disturb him even the kobaoba for the moment was quiet. After standing a minute or so, the huge creature moved forward again, and entered the gorge already described. They at the camp had now a full view of him, at less than three hundred yards distance. An immense mass he seemed. His body quite filled the gorge from side to side, and his long yellow tusks projecting more than two yards from his jaws, curved gracefully upward. He was an old bull, as Swartboy whispered. Up to this time the rhinoceros had chemical face mask not had the slightest intimation of the elephant s approach for the tread of the latter big beast as he is is as silent as a cat s. It is true that a loud rumbling noise like distant thunder proceeded from his inside as he moved along but the kobaoba was in too high a caper just then to have heard or noticed any sound that was not very near and distinct. The huge body of the elephant coming suddenly into his sunshine, and flinging its dark shadow over the vley, was distinct enough, and caused the kobaoba to get to his feet with an agility quite surprising for a creature of his build. At the same time a noise, something between a grunt and a chemical face mask whistle escaped him, as the water was ejected from his nostrils. The elephant also uttered his peculiar salute in a trumpet note, that echoed from the cliffs and halted in his tracks as soon as he saw the rhinoceros. No doubt both were surprised at the rencontre as both stood for some seconds eyeing each other with apparent astonishment. This, however, soon gave place to a different feeling. Symptoms of anger began to show themselves. It was evident that bad blood was brewing between them. There was, in fact, a little dilemma. The elephant could not get comfortably at the water unless the rhinoceros left the cove and the rhinoceros could not well get out of the cove, so long as the elephant blocked up the.ough I am sorry to be away from my ship in the hour of victory, replied Christy submissively. But he felt that his plan had been fully carried out. CHAPTER XXVII A VISIT FROM COLONEL HOMER PASSFORD With his arms securely tied behind him, Christy realized that he could make no resistance to his captors. Flint was in the same unfortunate situation, and both of them had been deprived of their revolvers. But in spite of his unpleasant surroundings, the young lieutenant felt that the balance of advantage was on the side of the union. If the government was deprived of the services of a midshipman and a master s mate, a dangerous privateer had been captured, and about forty prisoners had been taken from the employ of the Confederacy. In the face of this decided gain, Christy felt that he had no right to complain. By this time the light of day had begun to have some effect on the darkness and fog, though the gloom seemed to be hardly less. Lonley directed his two prisoners to walk side by side behind the wounded lieutenant, while he and Levick took 301 their places in the rear. The second lieutenant of the Teaser was duly impressed by what the first had said about a probable visit to the island in search of the missing midshipman, and he directed Folkner to march as rapidly as he could. He took the control of the party out of the hands of his superior, and very likely he wished he had done so sooner. Folkner, as he had before suggested, still had the use of his legs, and he certainly used them well, for he travelled like a man who was in a hurry but both Christy and Flint were in excellent condition, though they had been on active duty all night, and they had no difficulty in keeping up with their leader. Lonley and Levick were both armed, and they kept their weapons in readiness for immediate use, for the former recognized the enterprising character of the young officer in front of him, and knew that he would escape if he could. But Christy did not feel called to take any desperate chances in order to restore himself at once to the service of his country, and he and his companion in captivity marched along very quietly. The two armed men soon dropped several paces to the rear, so that the 302 lieutenant could listen to the details of the action on the deck of the Teaser. The prisoners could not hear what was said, and they started a conversation on their own account. We are in a bad box, said Flint. I did not expect to come out of the little end of the horn in this way. You must take a broader view of the situation than that, replied Christy. The Teaser is certainly a prize of.
re of its dangerous properties to those venturing into too close proximity. He had seen it in other islands for it grows not only in Java, with which its name is more familiarly identified, but in Bali, Celebes, and Borneo. He had seen it elsewhere, and heard it called by different names, according to the different localities, as tayim, hippo, upo, antijar, and upas all signifying the same thing the tree of poison. Had he been more careful about the selection of their camping place, and looked upon its smooth reddish or tan coloured bark and closely set leaves of glossy green, he would have recognised and shunned it. He disposable sanitary hygiene facial mask for eye pillow did not do so for who at such a time could have been thinking of such a catastrophe Under a tree whose shade seemed so inviting, who would have suspected that danger was lurking, much less that death dwelt among its leaves and branches The first had actually arisen, and the last had been very near. But it was now far away, or at least no longer to be dreaded from the poison of the upas. The sickness caused by it would continue for a while, and it might be some time chemical face mask before their strength or energies would be fully restored. But of dying there was no danger, as the poison of the upas does not kill, when only inhaled as a vapour unless the inhalation be a long time continued. Its sap taken internally, by the chewing of its leaves, bark, or root, is certain death, and speedy death. It is one of the ingredients used by the Bornean Dyaks for tipping their poisoned spears, and the arrows of their sumpitans or blow guns. They use it in combination with the bina, another deadly poison, extracted from the juice of a parasitical semen face mask plant found everywhere through the forests of Borneo. It is singular that the chemical face mask upas tree should belong to the same natural order, the Artocarpaceae, as the bread fruit the tree of death thus being connected with the tree of life. In some of the Indian islands it is called Popon upas in Java it is known as the Antijar. Its leaves are shaped like spear heads the fruit is a kind of drupe, clothed in fleshy scales. The juice, when prepared as a poison, is sometimes mixed with black pepper, and the juice of galanga root, and of ginger. It is as thick as molasses, and will keep for a long time if sheltered from the action of the air. The upas does not grow as a gregarious tree, and is nowhere found in numbers. Like the precious treasures of nature gold, diamonds, and pearls her poisons, too, happily for man, are sparsely distributed. Even in the climate and soil congenial to it, the antiaris toxicaria is rare but wherever discovered is sure to be.led. The next day, as the observations indicated the latitude in which the sealed orders were to be opened, the seal of the official envelope was broken. Captain Breaker read the letter, and a smile came over his bronzed face. The orders were evidently to his satisfaction and Christy, who was on duty near him, remembered what his father had said to him, and asked no question, as he would have been likely to do under other circumstances. But the commander was kind enough to call his officers to him, and inform them of the duty assigned to the ship. The government had received information which indicated the approach to our shores of a considerable fleet of blockade runners, and the Bellevite, on account of her reputed fast sailing, was to cruise for a given time off the coast in search of these blockade runners. I have no doubt these blockade runners will go into chemical face mask the Bermudas, especially the Killbright. If we go into St. George, we shall not be allowed 165 to sail till twenty four hours after this fast vessel leaves, said Captain Breaker. On the other hand, if we are seen off the port, she will not come out. I don t see, then, that we can do anything about it, Captain Breaker, added Mr. Dashington. Captain Passford s correspondent thinks the Killbright is intended for the Confederate Navy, and that she is commanded by a naval officer sent out for the purpose, continued the captain. But no satisfactory measures could be devised for overcoming the difficulties on both hands, and the steamer sped on her way. In two days more she was in sight of the Bermudas. It was almost dark when the lookout sighted a chemical face mask steamer coming out from the islands. By the order of the captain, the engine was stopped, and the steamer rested silently on a calm sea. I don t think she has seen us yet, said Captain Breaker. If she had, she would have come about and run back into the harbor. She keeps on her course, added Mr. Dashington. If she has the reputation of being a very fast 166 vessel, very likely she believes that she can run away from us, suggested Mr. Blowitt. easy diy face mask As I don t believe the vessel floats that can outsail the Bellevite, I shall give her time to get chemical face mask well away from glamglow face mask the port before the screw turns again, said the captain. Mr. Passford, called he a little later. On duty, sir, replied Christy, touching his cap to the commander. You will have the midship gun charged with a solid shot, and have it ready for use at once. As the steamer in the distance still kept on her course, the screw of the Bellevite was started. The chief engineer was called upon deck, and the situation explained to himve been saying all along but you keep looking for the remains of a city. I gathered, Ndomi, from chemical face mask your recent conversation that you were digging for a land animal on the silver face mask 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 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 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, part of the time 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 organic facial mask 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 the alien visitors which 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 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 do disposable masks help cigarette smoke 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 chemical face mask Felodon during the last few days, even he would have been willing to take oath that more than chance was involved. H.
Chemical Face Mask tinued to bite me but these I would get rid of in time. Well I remained on the apex, now bending down to beat back the soldiers that still swarmed upward, and then occupying myself in trying to get rid of the few that crawled upon me. I felt no longer any uneasiness on the score of the insects though I was not a bit better off as regarded the bull, who still kept guard below. I fancied, however, that he now showed symptoms of weariness, and would soon raise the siege and this prospect made me feel more cheerful. A sudden change came over me. A new thrill of terror awaited me. While jumping about upon the top of the cone, my footing suddenly gave way the baked clay broke with a dead crash, and I sank through the roof. My feet shot down into the hollow dome till I thought I must have crushed the great queen in her chamber and I stood buried to the neck. I was surprised, and a little terrified, not by the shock I had experienced in the sudden descent. That was natural enough, and a facial mask for men few moments would have restored my equanimity but it was something else that frightened me. It was something that moved under my feet as they touched bottom, something that moved and heaved under them, and then passed quickly away, letting me still farther down What could it be Was it the great swarm of living ants that I pressed upon I did not think it was. It did not feel like them. It seemed to be something bulky and strong, for it held up my whole weight for a moment or two, before it slipped from under me. Whatever it was, it frightened me very considerably and I did not leave my feet in its company for five seconds time. No the hottest furnace would scarce have scorched them during the time they remained inside the dark dome. In five seconds they were on the walls again on the broken edges, where I had mounted up, and where I now stood quite speechless with surprise What next I could keep the ants off no longer. I gazed down the dark cavity they were swarming up that way in thick crowds. I could brush them down no more. My eyes at this moment chanced to wander to the bull. He was standing at three or four paces distance from the base of the hill. He was standing sideways with his head turned to it, and regarding it with a wild look. His attitude was entirely changed, and so, I thought, was the expression of his eye. He looked as if he had just run off to his new position, and was ready to make a second start. He looked as if something had also terrified him face mask men Something evidently had for, in another moment, he uttered a sharp rout, galloped several paces farther out, wheeled again, halted, an.imately acquainted, and requested him to take the prisoner off his hands. After the meagre details of the affair he gave, the officer offered to put a company on board of the steamer for her protection but the captain thought this was unnecessary. After the breakfast, the party took a carriage for the chemical face mask pier. On the way the captain ordered a supply of cooked provisions to be sent down to the 152 boat for the use of the men on board of the Bellevite. With this supply the party went on board. On the way Christy had told his story, and by the time they went on board Captain Passford had learned all about the affair. He had received the order to deliver the steamer at the Navy Yard on the following Monday, and he decided to return to Bonnydale in her. Enough of the former members of the ship s company could be obtained in a few hours to hold the vessel against any enemy that was likely to appear in the river. As the owner was now on board, the engineer put on full steam, and she reached her anchorage, as indicated by the buoy of the cable which had been slipped. It was hauled in, and the Bellevite was replaced in her former position. The tremendous report of the great gun in the small hours of the morning had startled all the people in the vicinity, though it was not till they left their beds that the news was conveyed to them. A party in the town just below the scene of the disaster to the Vampire had been collected, and they had taken a steamer to explore the river in search of the bold actors in the affair, as soon 153 as the facts were known in the vicinity. The steamer had been running chemical face mask up and down the river chemical face mask since six in the morning. When the Bellevite passed up the river, she was promptly recognized by the investigating party on board of the Alert, which followed the steamer up to her anchorage. She came alongside some time after the crew had fished up the cable but Captain Passford warned her to keep off as soon as he discovered her intention to come alongside. She was a small steamer, and had at least twenty men on her deck, so that the captain thought it necessary to learn her object before she came any nearer. A boat with two men was sent from the Alert, and one of them was permitted to come on board. This one proved to be Captain Mainhill, with whom the owner of the Bellevite was well acquainted. He was a wealthy and patriotic man, though rather too old to be engaged in active service for his country. I thought you might be representatives of the Southern Confederacy, and I was rather shy of you, said Captain Passford, as he took the hand of his neighbor. I should n.