Face Protection Mask , 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 face protection mask 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.fashion and general use in European countries, and the consequence was an increased demand for this valuable commodity. It was a fortunate circumstance for the returned hunter, who was at once enabled to dispose of his stock, not only for ready money, but at such a fine price as to yield him nearly twice the amount he had calculated on receiving He had not brought it all with him, as there was more than would have loaded any one wagon. A second load had remained, hidden near the nwana tree, and this required a journey to be made for it. It was made in due time, and the remainder arrived safely at Graaf Reinet, and was there delivered why do japanese wear face masks to the ivory dealers, who had already purchased it. The result was a splendid fortune in ready money. The field cornet was once more a rich carbonated face mask man For the present we can follow his history no farther than to say, that the proceeds of his great face protection mask hunt enabled him to buy back his old estate, and to stock it in splendid style, with the best breeds of horses, horned cattle, and sheep that he rose rapidly in wealth and worldly esteem that the government gave him its confidence and, having first restored him to his old office of field cornet, soon afterwards promoted him to that of landdrost, or chief magistrate of the district. Hans returned to his college studies while the dashing Hendrik was enabled to enter the profession for which he was most fit, and the very one that fitted him, by obtaining a cornetcy in the Cape Mounted Rifles. Little Jan was packed off to school to study grammar and geography while the beautiful Tr uuml ey remained at home to grace the mansion of her honoured father, and look after his household affairs. Totty still ruled the kitchen and, of course, Swartboy was the important man about the house, and for many a long year after cracked his great whip, and flourished his jambok among the long horned oxen of the wealthy landdrost. But enough for the present, enough of adventure for one year. Let us hope, boy readers, that before you and I have circled once more around the sun, we shall make a fresh trip to the land of the boors, and again encounter the worthy Von Bloom, his Bushman, and Bush Boys. The End. Chapter One. A Castaway Crew. A boat upon the open sea no land in sight It is an open boat, the size and form showing it to be the pinnace of a merchant ship. It is a tropical sea, with a fiery sun overhead, slowly coursing through a sky of brilliant azure. The boat has neither sail nor mast. There are oars, but no one is using them. They lie athwart the tholes, their blades dipping in the water, with no hand upon the grasp
y the vley and when it was morning, the spoor showed that several of these animals had drunk at the water. How could he leave little Tr uuml ey his dear little Tr uuml ey or Jan, who was not a bit bigger how could he leave them in an open camp while such monsters were roving about He could not think of doing so. He reflected what course he should pursue. At first he thought of putting up a house. That would necessarily be a work of time. There was no good building material convenient. A stone house would cost a great deal of labour as the stones would have to be carried nearly bear face mask a mile, and in their hands too. That would never do, as Von Bloom might only remain a short while at that place. He might not find many elephants there, and of course would be under the necessity of going elsewhere. Why not build a log house you will say. That would not be so much of a job, as part of the country was well wooded, and they had an axe. True, part of the country was wooded, but in a particular manner. With the exception of the nwana trees, that stood at long distances apart and regularly, as if they had been planted there was nothing that deserved the name of timber. All the rest was mere bush, a thorny jungle of mimosas, euphorbias, arborescent aloes, strelitzias, and the horrid zamia plants, beautiful enough to the eye, but of no utility whatever in the building of a house. The nwanas, of course, were too large for house logs. To have felled one of them would have been a task equal almost to the building of a house and to have made planks of them would have required a steam saw mill. A log house was not to be thought of either. Now a frail structure of poles and thatch would not have given sufficient security. An angry rhinoceros, or elephant, would level such a house to the ground in a few moments. Suppose, too, that there were man eaters in the neighbourhood. Swartboy believed that there were, and that that region was notorious for them. As it was not face protection mask far from Swartboy s native country, Von Bloom, who had reason to believe what the Bushman told him, was inclined to credit this. What protection would a frail house afford against the man eater Not much, indeed. Von Bloom was puzzled and perplexed. He could not commence his hunting excursions until this question was settled. Some place must be prepared, where the children disposable cpr mask would be safe during his absence. While revolving the subject in his mind, he happened to cast his eyes upward among the branches of the nwana tree. All at once his attention became fixed upon those huge limbs, for they had awakened within him a strange memory. He.l every intruder that comes near, whether man or animal. But when wounded or enraged they will not only act on the defensive, but attack their enemies in the most spiteful and implacable manner. Remembering these things, and hoping the huge creature might take a peaceful departure from the place, Henry, who had already held his musket at the level, lowered its muzzle, at the same time dropping upon his knees among some tall grass, which, in this attitude, tolerably buff face mask well concealed him. all natural face mask He soon saw that he had acted wisely. The hairy monster seemed altogether to ignore the presence of his sister and himself and as if neither were within a thousand miles of the spot, kept on its course toward the margin of the water. Fortunately for Henry, it went quite another way, which, widening diagonally, did not bring the creature at all near him. It was evidently directing its course toward some liliaceous plants with large succulent stems, which formed a patch or bed, standing in the water, but close to the brink of the lake. In all probability there was not enough fruit in the neighbourhood to satisfy the hirsute gentleman now passing before their eyes or else he had a fancy to vary his diet by making a meal upon simple vegetables. He soon reached the patch of disposable lower face masks tall water plants waded in nearly knee deep and then with arms, each of which had the sweep of a mower s scythe, drew in their heads toward him, and with a mouth wide as that of a hippopotamus, cropped off the succulent shoots and flower stems, and munched them like an ox in the act of chewing its cud. Seeing the huge hairy creature thus peaceably disposed, and hoping it would for some time continue in this harmless disposition, Henry rose from his kneeling attitude, and glided silently, but swiftly, toward the tree. Joining his sister Helen, he flung his arms around her as he rose erect, and kissed her to chase away the effects of the terrible fright she had sustained. Chapter Twenty Six. In Fear and Trembling. The kiss which Henry gave his little sister was not one of congratulation. He was not yet sure of her safety, or of his own. The hairy monster was still in sight not more than a hundred yards off and though apparently busy with his banquet on the tender shoots of the water plants, might at any moment discontinue it, and spring upon them. What was the best thing to be done in order to escape him Run off into the forest, and try to find their father and Saloo They might go the wrong way, and by so doing make things worse. The great ape itself would soon be returning among the trees, and might meet them in the teeth the.should show themselves simultaneously, and at the proper moment, they were to wait for a signal from the tree. This was to be the firing of the great roer, loaded blank. Hans and Hendrik were also to fire blank shots on discovering themselves, and by this means the desired panic would be produced. The whole scheme was well contrived, and succeeded admirably. The herd appeared filing over the plain, just as on the preceding days. Von Bloom announced their approach to the three in ambush, by repeating in a subdued tone the words, Quaggas are coming The unsuspecting animals filed through the gorge, scattered about in the water, drank their fill, and then commenced retiring by the path on which lay the trap. The leader having climbed the bank, and seeing the fresh grass and rushes strewed upon the path, uttered a snorting bark, and seemed half inclined to wheel round. But just at that moment best anti aging creams boomed the loud detonation of the roer and, then, like lesser echoes, the reports of the smaller guns on the right and left, while Swartboy shouted at the top pitch of his voice, from another quarter. A look back showed the quaggas that they were well nigh surrounded by strange enemies. But one course appeared open to them the way they were wont to go and barking with affright, the whole drove dashed up the bank, and crowded on towards the pit. Then was heard a confused noise the cracking of the poles the trampling of many hoofs the dull sounds of heavy bodies falling together, face protection mask and mingling in a continuous struggle and the wild snorting, as the creatures hurried forward in affright. Some were seen springing high in the air, as if to overleap the pit. Others poised face protection mask themselves on their hind hoofs, and wheeling round, ran back into the lake. Some dashed off through the bushes, and escaped in that way but the great body of the drove came running back, and plunging through the water, made off by the gorge through which they had come. In a few minutes not one was in sight. The boys thought they had all escaped but Von Bloom, from his more elevated position in the tree, could perceive the snouts of several protruding above the edge of the pit. On arriving at the spot, to their great satisfaction the hunters discovered no less than eight full grown quaggas in the trap just twice the number required to mount the party. In less than two weeks from that time, four of the quaggas were broken to the saddle, and perfectly face protection mask obedient to the bit. Of course there was a good deal of kicking, and plunging, and flinging, and many hard gallops, and some ugly falls, before it came to this but both the Bushman.
Face Protection Mask no order for the last minute or two. The boat was 133 directly under him, and he had put his pistol in his hip pocket, in order to take up the solid shot at his feet. It was heavy, face protection mask but he lifted it over his head without any difficulty, and launched it into the boat with all the force he could give to it. On deck, there Let go that painter shouted Christy, as he pitched his missile from his hands. He was in a position so favorable for the operation that he could not well miss his aim, and the shot crashed through the bottom of the boat, carrying down one of the enemy with it. It did not make a round hole in the bottom of the boat, it was afterwards ascertained, as it might if it had been fired from one of the broadside guns, but it tore off the planking, and made a hole as big as the head of a flour barrel. Lay hold of that man on the accommodation ladder shouted Christy, without waiting to observe the effect face protection mask of his shot, for the man who had succeeded in mounting the side was armed with a dangerous weapon, which he was likely to use as soon as he found the opportunity. The men forward of the point where the boat had come alongside had been ordered aft, and a 134 couple of them dragged the venturesome officer, as his frock coat indicated that he was, to the deck. Christy was almost sure this man was Haslett, who had certainly set a bold example to his companions in face protection mask the boat. He was quickly secured, and by no gentle hands. His hands were tied behind him, and he was made fast to the rail, where he was likely to be harmless during the rest of the trip. It was no easy matter for a boat to make fast to a steamer going ten knots an hour at least, and if the painter of the boat had not been carelessly left where it could be of service to the assailants, the affair would have ended with Boxie s unsuccessful cast of the shot. But as soon as the painter was let go, an order which Sampson hastened to execute, the enemy s hold upon the ship was lost, though they were using boathooks and other implements to make sure of their grasp. The boat was left behind by the ship, though not till the hole had been stove in her bottom. Beg pardon, Mr. Passford, for missing my heave with the shot, said Boxie, on the deck and the veteran s heart seemed to be almost broken by his failure. 135 You are very excusable, Boxie one can t expect to hit every time, and you did very well, replied Christy, who had suddenly passed from painful doubt and uncertainty to exultation and exaltation at the victory achieved. We are all right now. But the enemy are not, added Sampson, who had mounted the rail after h.soldier in the Confederate army. I was a soldier but I am not one just now, replied the visitor, with some embarrassment in 16 his manner, though the circumstances were strange enough to account for it. How are your father and mother and Miss Gerty, Corny asked the uncle of the visitor, giving the young man the name by which he was generally called both at home and in the family of his uncle. They were all very well when I left them, replied Corny, looking on the floor, as though he face protection mask was not altogether satisfied with himself. Of course, you brought letters from your father and Gerty No, sir I brought no letters, replied Corny, and, more than before, he looked as though he was not enjoying his present visit. No letters exclaimed Captain Passford, evidently surprised beyond measure at the apparent want of kindly feeling on the part of members of his brother s family in the South. Not a letter, Uncle Horatio, answered Corny, bracing himself up, as though he realized that he was not presenting a demeanor such as he face protection mask thought the occasion required of him. This is very strange, added Captain Passford, with a cloud playing on his fine features. 17 It is war between the North and the South, Uncle Horatio, and I suppose my father did not feel like writing any letters. Gerty never writes any letters if she can help it, Corny explained. But Gerty used to write to Florry about once a week. Did she I didn t know it. She never would write to me when I was away from home, said Corny, who seemed to be very anxious not to say anything that was not consistent with the present situation, whatever it was. When I parted with my customize disposable face mask brother on board of the Bellevite, both of us shed tears as we realized that war made enemies of us but each of us promised to do all he could for dreamwear cpap full face mask the other in case of need. I am very sure that there was not the slightest unkind feeling between us. Of course, I did not expect him to write me the war news, but I think he could have written a few lines without any allusion to the war, said Captain Passford, pained at this want of filial affection on the part of his brother. At that moment the bell for tea rang, and the captain invited his nephew to the table with him. The host was saddened by the absence of news from 18 his brother, of any kindly expression from one who was of the same blood as himself. He was not quite satisfied with Corny s manner, or with the little he seemed to be willing to face protection mask say about the rest of the family. It was certainly very strange that the young man should be there at all, and his face protection mask awkwardness and confusion made the visit seem still more singula.