Lululun Face Mask however, were more like those of an eagle or vulture. It had well developed wings, armed with spurs, and a very long tail, with the two middle feathers longer than the rest. Its general colour was bluish grey, with a white throat and breast, and a reddish tinge upon the wing feathers. But, perhaps, the most remarkable thing about the bird was its crest. This consisted of a number of long, blackish plumes growing out of its occiput, and extending down the back of its neck nearly to the shoulders. These gave the bird a very peculiar appearance and the fancied resemblance to a secretary of the olden time with his long quill behind his lululun face mask ear before steel pens came into fashion is the reason why the bird has received the very inappropriate name of the Secretary bird. It lululun face mask is more properly named the serpent eater, and naturalists have given it the title Gypogeranus, or crane vulture. It is sometimes also called the messenger, from the staid solemn manner of its walk, as it stalks over the plain. Of all its names that of serpent eater is the best adapted to the character of the bird. It is lululun face mask true there are other face mask benefits birds that kill and eat serpents, as the guaco bird of South America, and many hawks and kites, but the secretary is lululun face mask the only winged creature that makes reptiles of this class exclusively its prey, and carries on a constant war against them. It is not strictly correct to say that it feeds exclusively upon snakes. It will also eat lizards, tortoises, and even locusts but snakes are certainly its favourite food, and to obtain these it risks its life in many a deadly encounter with those of a very large kind. The serpent eater is an African bird, and is not peculiar to South Africa alone, as it is found in the Gambia country. It is also a native of the Philippine Isles. There is some doubt whether the species of the Philippine Isles is identical with that of Africa. A difference is noted in the plumage, though crochet face mask very slight. The disposition of the crest plumes differs in the two, and the tail feathers are differently arranged. In the African species the two middle ones are the longest, while in the serpent eater of the Philippines it is the two outside feathers that project giving the bird the appearance of having a fork or swallow tail. Some points of distinction have also been observed between the South African bird and that of the Gambia. The serpent eater is, however, a very unique bird and naturalists, failing to class it with either hawks, eagles, vultures, gallinae, or cranes, have elevated it, so as to form a distinct tribe, family, genus, and species, of itself. In Sout.wo candles. Christy repeated what he had said, and was careful not to give the steward too much to remember. As soon as the matter was fully understood, the middy mounted his horse, and they proceeded on their mission down the river. After they had ridden about three miles, Mr. Watts insisted that the steamer was coming, and that it was the Vampire. I don t see anything, added Christy. 102 Neither do I but I know that the Vampire is coming up the river. If you listen, you will hear a hoarse puffing and nothing but that old ark could make such a wheezy noise, replied the steward. The middy heard it and was satisfied. CHAPTER IX THE APPROACH OF THE VAMPIRE The Vampire, as the steward had no doubt it was, could not be less than a mile distant from the spot where the two horsemen had halted in the road. Christy was very familiar with this portion of the river, and after he had listened a few moments, he was satisfied from the direction of the sound he heard, that a mile was very nearly the exact distance. The different types of face masks approaching steamer had lululun face mask to come around a small bend, the arc of which made just a mile. I don t wish to blow up a dozen or twenty loyal citizens, and I must make sure in some way that Captain Carboneer s party is on board of that steamer, said Christy, as he led his horse into a field, and tied him to a tree, the steward following his example. That would be a very bad thing to do, added Mr. Watts, as they walked back to the river. 104 But I don t see why it is necessary to blow up even any rebels on the present occasion. If that naval officer has forty men, as you think he has, a shot from that long gun would make terrible havoc among them if you succeeded in hitting her. You might kill half of them. If we do they, and not we, will be responsible for it, added Christy, somewhat appalled by the suggestion of his companion. If you have steam up on board of the Bellevite, why not get under way and run down the river, continued Mr. Watts. Perhaps I am a coward, but I am afraid to do that, replied cinnamon face mask the midshipman, thoughtfully. We all know that you are no coward, Christy, and if you don t send a shot into the Vampire, it will not be because you are afraid. Although I know the river as well as any pilot in this vicinity, I should not dare to run the Bellevite at full speed around such a bend as the one off this spot, Christy explained. We have not above half a dozen trained sailors who know how to handle a cutlass on board, and all the others will be needed in working the steamer. The coal passers would be good for nothing in repelling boarders. 105 You think Captain Carbonee.
mself. He had no fear of being able to climb the tree ladder. It did not seem any more difficult than swarming up the shrouds of a ship, and not half so hard as going round the main top without crawling through the lubber s hole a feat he had often performed on his father s vessel. Therefore, without asking leave, or saying a word to any one, he laid hold of the bamboo pegs and started up the tree. None of the others had taken any notice of him. Captain Redwood was engaged in wiping out his gun, with little Helen attending upon him, while Saloo was playing poulterer, and Murtagh, a little way off in the woods, gathering faggots for the fire. Henry kept on, hand over hand, and foot after foot, till he at length stood upon the topmost round of the unfinished ladder. Being almost as tall as Saloo himself, he easily got his arm into the cavity that contained the nest, and commenced groping all over it. He could find no other bird, nor yet an egg. Only the dried up ordure of the denizens that had lately occupied the prison cell, along with some bits of the shell out of which the young hornbill had been but recently hatched. After a moment or two spent in examining the curious cavity, and reflecting on the odd habit of a bird being thus plastered up disposing of cpap masks and kept for weeks in close confinement all, too, done by its own mate, who surely could not so act from any intention of cruelty after in vain puzzling himself as to what could be the object of such a singular imprisonment, he determined upon returning to the ground, and seeking the explanation from Saloo. He had returned upon the topmost step, and was about letting himself down to that next below, when not only were his ears assailed by sharp cries, but he suddenly saw his eyes in danger of being dug out of their sockets by the sharp beak of a bird, whose huge shadowy wings were flapping before his face Although somewhat surprised by the onslaught, so sudden and unexpected and at the same time no little alarmed there was no mystery about the matter. For he could see at a glance that the bird so assailing him was a hornbill and a moment s reflection told him it was the cock. Afar off in the forest no doubt in search of food catering for his housekeeper and their new chick, of whose birth he was most probably aware, he could not have heard her cries of distress else would he have rushed to the rescue, and appeared much sooner upon the scene. But at length he had arrived and with one glance gathered in the ruin that had occurred during his absence. There was his carefully plastered wall pulled down, the interior of his domicile lai.opposite slopes were very gentle, merging so gradually into the general peneplain level of the continent that it was impossible to say decisively just where the range ended. The river did originate somewhere beyond lululun face mask the range, cutting entirely through it, and as the guide had said, its current was not particularly swift. Lampert had much explaining to do. After all, water should have drained toward the low side of the block. It seems evident, he summed up his ideas as they hovered once more over the western cliffs, that the river was here before this particular bit of block tilting occurred. This planet does have some diastrophic forces left in its crust, in spite of its generally smooth nature. Apparently this just represents the end of a long period of rest, such as the earth has had several times. As a matter of fact, I have no business calling it the end of such a period it might be fifty million years before the world will be generally mountainous again. Why do you say again, Rob asked Krendall. According to findings of your own colleagues, this planet has hardly been solid for forty million years. Could it be this flat now if it had ever been markedly mountainous in that time Good point. I don t know, but would be inclined to doubt it. Well, we ll cancel the again if it will make you happy. In any case the block forming this range came up slowly enough so that even this river, with its relatively low cutting power, was able to keep pace with it lululun face mask and not be deflected. Probably he glanced at Mitsuitei the rock of which it is made will turn out to be quite strongly jointed. It looks rather that diving full face mask way from above the river course, I mean. A lot of right angle, or what were once right angle, bends. We d better go down and look for a camp along the river somewhere, put in Mitsuitei. Let s start at the cliff end. Then we may wind up reasonably close to that hill and I still want to look it over, joints or no joints. Fair enough. Lampert eased the helicopter once more downward until they were only a few hundred feet above the jungle, moved along the cliff face until they reached the canyon, and, very cautiously, entered. His caution proved unnecessary. The air currents in no way resembled the treacherous hodge podge he had expected, at least not over the center of the river. A steady wind was blowing into the canyon mouth, but did not seem to be eddying very much even at the numerous bends. To the archeologist s annoyance, two sets of rapids were passed before a place was reached where the bank was wide enough for a camp site. At this point a fairly large side canyon entered t.rt lululun face mask of the shore. They did not again see any of the mound making birds not even those they had despoiled for it is not the habit of the megapodes to return to their eggs, but to leave them to lululun face mask be hatched under the hot sand, and the chicks to scratch their way upward to the surface, thus taking care of themselves from the very moment of their birth, and, indeed, we may say, before it, since it can scarcely be said they are born before breaking through the shell and this they have to do for themselves, else they would never see daylight. Talk of precocious chicks There are none anywhere to be compared with the megapodean pullets of the Malayan Archipelago, no birds half so early as they. For some days, after eating up the last chicken of the flock, our castaways could get nothing to live upon but durions and although these formed a diet sufficiently agreeable to the palate, they were not very strengthening. Besides, they were not so easily gathered the few they had found on some trees, which Saloo had conveniently climbed, being quickly exhausted. The large durion tree under which they had first encamped was well furnished with fruit. But its tall stem, nearly a hundred feet, without a branch, and with a bark smooth as that of a sycamore, looked as if no mortal man could ascend it. Captain Redwood had fired lululun face mask several sad face mask rounds of his chain shot up into it, and brought down many of the grand spinous pericarps but this cost an expenditure of ammunition and, circumstanced as they were, they saw it would never do to waste it in such whimsical fashion. Still, for want of food, the fruit must be obtained some way or other, and the question was how to pluck it. In their dilemma the Malay once more came to their aid. Fortunately for all, Saloo was a native of Sumatra, and had been brought up among its forests, much resembling those what is a niche for disposable dust masks of Borneo. He was lululun face mask skilled in the wood craft common to both islands and, perhaps, of all the crew of the castaway ship, not one could have survived whose services would have been of more value to Captain Redwood and his party than those of the brown skinned pilot especially since it had been their fate to be cast upon the shores of Borneo. His companions had already experienced the benefit to be derived from his knowledge of the country s productions, and were beginning to consult him in almost every difficulty that occurred. He appeared capable of accomplishing almost anything. For all this, they were no little surprised and somewhat incredulous when he declared his intention of climbing the great durion tree. Murtagh was very much inclined to deny that he co.
Lululun Face Mask water was shoaling, which indicated that the Teaser was drifting towards the island. On board the Teaser shouted Lonley, so distinctly that he could hardly have been more than three hundred feet from the steamer. On shore, replied Christy, prompted by Mr. Blowitt. I am waiting for Gilder Why don t he come on shore shouted Lonley, his impatience apparent in his tones. Where are all the men demanded Christy, as requested by the second lieutenant. They have gone a mile to the eastward where they left their bags. We will run down in the steamer for them, added Mr. Blowitt, talking through Christy. Don t do that protested the speaker on 276 shore. There is a Yankee steamer off in that direction. We heard her steam an hour ago. All right replied Christy. That settles the matter in my mind, said Mr. Blowitt. They are trying to play what they call a Yankee trick upon us. When we send our boats to the eastward, we shall send them into a trap. If the boats are to bring off forty men, they will expect them to go with only men enough to pull the oars and when they get possession of them, they expect to retake the lululun face mask Teaser. I think you are right, Mr. Blowitt, replied Christy, who began to believe that his scheme was rapidly approaching a failure, though he did not give it up just yet. This Lonley is still on the shore near us, said Mr. Blowitt. I should very much like to know what has been going on to night on the island, and it may be that he knows all about it. As you are the representative of Gilder, Mr. Passford, you may take the canoe that is astern, and have a talk with Lonley at close quarters, if you don t object. I should have proposed it myself if I had not feared that the idea would be charged to my 277 audacity, replied Christy. I will take only Flint with me, as he was with me before. The canoe was brought up to the gangway, and Flint took his place at the oars. Mr. Blowitt charged the young officer in the most serious manner not to run any risks, and the boat was shoved off. It required but a few strokes of the oars to bring it into shoal water by the beach. Only a single man could be seen on the shore, and this one must be Lonley. There seemed to be no risk, and Christy landed. CHAPTER XXV CHRISTY BECOMES A VICTIM Everything was perfectly still on the island, and only a single man was in sight but Christy put his hand upon his revolver as he went on shore. Though he had never been a fighting young man, he had the impression that he should not tamely submit to the assault of an enemy, or run away from any single man that stood up in front of him. He had always been prude.ot see that the ships can do anything until they are able to see what they are to do. lululun face mask 268 But this affair may keep us away from the ship for a day or two, suggested the second lieutenant. I don t think so, sir I believe you will be on board again before seven bells in the morning watch, replied Christy. The ship s company of the Teaser were to be somewhere on the shores of the sound where they could be taken on board. But the men you landed at the point believed that the Teaser was to get out through the sound, replied Mr. Blowitt. They took you for the pilot Gilder, and you did not tell them that you intended to run the blockade. Of course I did not if I had, they would have remained on board. But the guard boat attempted to stop us, and the artillery on the island fired into it, though it is probable that they did not hit it in the dense fog, Christy explained. Our men may have learned from the guard boat that we took the steamer out through the main channel. If they did they probably learned that the Teaser went out with the assistance of the garrison at the fort, suggested Mr. Blowitt. I am confident that the officer of the guard boat 269 would have no means of knowing that fact, argued Christy. Of course, he heard the firing in the neighborhood of the fort, and he would naturally conclude that they were firing upon the steamer to prevent her from running out. That may be but, to tell you the truth, Mr. Passford, I am afraid we shall not find these men, added the second lieutenant. From the firing we hear, I should judge that a movement of some kind is in progress, and our men may be better informed than you expect. Of course, they may be but I expect to find these men at some point along the shore, replied Christy, who thought the second lieutenant was just a little obstinate in not accepting his theory in full. The steamer continued on her course to the eastward, and nothing anti dust face mask more passed between the two principal officers in regard to the crew from Pensacola. But Flint was quite as confident as the third lieutenant that the forty men, more or less, would be captured. The noise of the firing could no longer be heard, and then Christy suggested that the whistle be sounded as a signal to the men if they were in the vicinity. 270 The depth of water was three or four fathoms portable cpap close up to this part of the island. The soundings indicated that the steamer was as near as it was prudent to go in the dense fog. Christy was sure that the privateer s crew could not have gone any farther to the eastward by this time, and the screw was stopped, while all hands made an anxious use.