Mask Of Many Faces e places were especially disagreeable to cross for under the gloomy shadow of the trees they would now and then catch a glimpse of huge newt like lizards of the genus hydrosaurus almost as large as crocodiles slowly floundering out of the way, as if reluctant to leave, and half determined to dispute the passage. good face mask for 11 year olds Moreover, while thus occupied, they lived in the obscurity of an eternal twilight, and could travel only by guess work. They had no guide save the sun, which in these shadows is never visible. Through the thick foliage overhead its disc could not be seen nor aught that would enable them to determine its position in the sky, and along with it their direction upon the earth. It was, therefore, not only a relief to their feelings, but a positive necessity for their continuance in the right direction, that now and then a stretch of open swamp obstructed their track. True, it caused them to make a d tour, and so wasted their time but then it afforded them a glimpse of the sun s orb, and enabled them to pursue their journey in the right course. During the mid day hours they were deprived of even this guidance for the meridian sun gives no clue to the points of the compass. They did not much feel the disadvantage as at noon tide the hot tropical atmosphere had become almost insupportable, and the seaweed face mask heat, added to their fatigue from incessant toiling through thicket and swamp, made it necessary for them to take several hours of rest. They resumed their journey in the evening, as the sun, declining toward the western horizon, pointed out to them the way they were to go. They aimed to reach the sheet of water seen by them from the brow of the mountain. They wished to strike it at its southern end, as this was right in the direction westward. It appeared to lie about midway between the two mountain ranges and, in such a case, would be a proper halting mask of many faces place on their journey across the plain. On starting from the higher ground, they expected to reach it in a few hours, or at the latest by sunset of that same day. But it was twilight of the third day, when, with exhausted strength and wearied limbs, their clothing torn and mud stained, they stood upon its nearest shore They did not stand there long, but dropping down upon the earth, forgetful of everything even the necessity of keeping watch they surrendered themselves over to sleep. Chapter Twenty Four. A Red Satyr. They slept until a late hour of the morning when, rousing themselves with difficulty, they kindled a fire and cooked a breakfast of the boar s ham cured by them before leaving the coast. It was the second, and of.st. 36 We dreamwear full face cpap mask had better drop mask of many faces the subject, added Captain Carboneer. drop it, then, replied Mulgate sullenly. Get over the fence, Corny. Nobody is using that sailboat, and we may as well take it for a while. CHAPTER III THE DIGNIFIED NAVAL OFFICER Corny climbed over the high palisade fence, with the assistance of Mulgate, and the party walked to the sailboat at the beach below. By this time it was dark, though the gloom was not very dense under a clear sky. Do you know anything about this boat, Corny asked Mulgate, as the trio approached the handsome craft, for such she was beyond a doubt. The crusty tones of the speaker indicated that he had not toothpaste face mask yet recovered from the set back he had plainly received in the late conversation, though he denied that he had any evil intentions disposable makeup mask in regard to Miss Florry. I do I know all about her, replied Corny. Well, why don t you tell what you know demanded Mulgate. What do you wish to know about her inquired 38 Corny, who was disposed to maintain his equality in spite of the military rank of his companion, which he had incautiously betrayed in the beginning. Whose boat is it asked Mulgate. She belongs to my cousin, Christy Passford. Where is he now I don t know, sir. Was he at the house when you were there He was not and his mother had become rather anxious because he did not return to supper, replied Corny, becoming a little more pliable. This is a rather large boat, Captain Carboneer, added Mulgate, as he surveyed the trim sloop. She is rather too large for our purpose. She will answer very well, replied the captain, as he applied his shoulder to the stem of the craft to ascertain how heavily she rested upon the beach. mask of many faces Now, do you know whether there is any person on board of that steamer Of course, I don t know anything about it, said Mulgate. I am sure I don t, added Corny. I sent you up here to ascertain all about the Bellevite, continued Mulgate, rather sharply. 39 I have not had time to find out anything, Corny explained, with some indignation in his tones. Corny has done as well as he could in the time he has had to do it in, interposed Captain Carboneer. I think you are inclined to stir up bad blood with this young man, Mulgate. It appears now that you have a purpose of your own to accomplish, and that Corny will not allow you to carry it out. My first purpose is the same as your own, replied Mulgate. You admit that you have a second object and I cannot tell when you will decide to make it your principal purpose, added Captain Carboneer. I am not satisfied with the situation. I have disposable respirator mask done everything I can to accomplish our patriotic ob.
him know where we are. The ripple of oars was presently heard, and a boat came out of the gloom, rowed by two soldiers, with an officer in the stern. It came up to the forward gangway, and the person in the stern climbed on board. The boat did not wait for him, but pulled directly back to the island. I am glad to see you, Captain Westover, said Christy, as the officer came into the pilot house. 252 And I am equally glad to see you, lieutenant, replied the captain. You seem to have been successful in your undertaking Successful so far, and I think the worst of it is over now. As soon as Beeks heard the name of Captain Westover, he understood all that had been dark before. Even the Chinese lingo must have been agreed upon. The army and the navy officer had been very busy in talking over something when they came in the boat from the Bellevite, and after they landed on the island. What they had been talking about was plain enough now. Captain Westover had not much confidence in the expectations of the young naval officer when he expressed a hope that he might capture the Teaser but he had promised to render all the assistance in his power. He had agreed to be on the shore of the island if the Teaser presented herself, and thus assure the lieutenant of his position on the bay. He had done more than this, for he had brought out a couple of guns and a section of artillerists to beat off the guard boat if it interfered with the operations of the navy. Christy had taken a course from the entrance of 253 the sound, mask of many faces half way between the island and Town Point, west southwest. He knew that the distance was about four miles but he could not know, except by sounding, when he came to the island, and he had bargained with the army officer to be on the lookout for him. Captain Westover had heard the noise of the Teaser, and had hailed her, thus assuring the lieutenant that his calculation had been correct, and that he was in the vicinity of Fort Pickens. I had no idea that you would accomplish anything, lieutenant, said Captain Westover. I found everything laid out just as I should have wished it to be, replied Christy. We had plenty of information that the steamer would run out the first favorable night and nothing could have been more favorable for blockade running than this fog and darkness. But nothing has been seen of this steamer from the fort. Where was she fitted out, Dave asked Christy, turning to the steward. Up by Emanuel Point, sir, about a mile above the town, replied Dave. Then she has not shown herself in the lower bay. 254 The conversation was interrupted by the roll of.aped from the lips of the young girl, as she saw the springbok rise high into the air, and leap far and clear over the coiled reptile. The antelope had observed the snake in time, and saved itself by one of those tremendous bounds, such as only a springbok can make. The fond creature, having passed the danger, now ran on to its mistress, and stood with its big shining eyes bent upon her inquiringly. But the cry that Tr uuml ey had uttered had summoned another individual. To her horror, she now saw little Jan running down the slope, and coming directly upon the path where face mask for smoke protection the cobra lay coiled Chapter Forty Five. The Serpent Eater. Jan s danger was imminent. He was rushing impetuously forward upon the coiled serpent. He knew not that it was before him. No warning would reach him in time to stay his haste. In another moment he would be on the narrow path, and then no power could save him from the deadly bite. It would be impossible for him to leap aside or over the reptile, as the antelope had done for even then Tr uuml ey had noticed that the cobra had darted its long neck several feet upwards. It would be certain to reach little Jan, perhaps, coil itself around him. Jan would be lost For some moments Tr uuml ey was speechless. Terror had robbed her mask of many faces of the power of speech. She could only scream, and fling her arms wildly about. But these demonstrations, instead of warning Jan of the danger, only rendered it the more certain. He connected the cries which Tr uuml ey now uttered with that which had first summoned him. She was in some trouble he knew not what but as she continued to scream, he believed that something had attacked her. A snake he mask of many faces thought it might be but whatever it was, his first impulse was to hurry up to her rescue. He could do no good until close to mask of many faces her and, therefore, he did not think of halting until he should reach the spot where she stood. Her screams, therefore, and the wild gestures that accompanied them, only caused him to run the faster and as his eyes were bent anxiously on Tr uuml ey, there was not the slightest hope that he would perceive the serpent until he had either trodden upon it, or felt its fatal bite. Tr uuml ey uttered one last cry of warning, pronouncing at the same time the words O, brother back The snake the snake The words were uttered in vain. Jan heard them, but did not comprehend their meaning. He heard the word snake. He was expecting as much it had attacked Tr uuml ey and although he did not see it, it was no doubt wound about her body. He hurried on. Already he was within six paces of the dread reptile, that had erected its face mask sheets lo.with a girth almost equalling its own. Only fancy a snake ten yards long, and a lizard the same either of which would reach from end to end of the largest room in which you may be seated, or across the street in which you may be walking You will seldom find such specimens in our museums for they are not often encountered by our naturalists or secured by our travellers. But take my word for it, there are such serpents and such lizards in existence, ay, and much larger ones. They may be found not only in the tropical isles of the Orient, but in the Western world, in the lagoons and forests of Equatorial America. Many of the sailors yarns of past times, which we have been accustomed so flippantly to discredit, on account of their appearing rather tough, have under the light of recent scientific exploration been proved true. And although some of them may seem to be incorporated in this narrative, under the guise of mere romance, the reader need not on this account think himself misled, or treat them with sublime contempt. If it should ever be his fate or fortune to make a tour through the East Indian Archipelago, mask of many faces he will cease to be incredulous. Henry Redwood and his sister Helen had no such tranquil reflections, as they stood under the shadow of the great tree, concealing themselves behind its trunk, and watching the terrible conflict between the two huge creatures, both in their eyes equally hideous. Giving way to an instinct of justice, they would have taken sides with the party assailed and against the assailant. But, under the circumstances, their leanings were the very reverse for in the triumphant conqueror they saw a continuance of their own danger whereas, had the amphibious animal been victorious, this would have been at an end. The strife now terminated, they stood trembling and uncertain as ever. The crocodile, although crushed, and no longer dangerous for any offensive manoeuvre, was not killed. Its body still writhed and wriggled upon the ground though its movements were but the agonised efforts of mortal pain, excited convulsively and each moment becoming feebler. mask of many faces And the red gorilla stood near, squatted on its haunches at intervals tossing its long hairy arms around its head, and giving utterance to that strange coughing laughter, as if it would never leave off exulting over the victory it had achieved. How long was this spectacle to last It was sufficiently horrid for the spectators to desire its speedy termination. And yet they did not they were in hopes diy clay face mask it might continue till a voice coming from the forest, or the tread of a foot, would tell them that he.
Mask Of Many Faces gle shot but when the animal trots off through the thick jungle, it is tedious work following him. He may go miles before halting, and even if the hunter should overtake him, it may be only to deliver a second shot, and see the game once more disappear into the bushes perhaps to be spoored no farther. Now the mounted hunter has this advantage. His horse can overtake the elephant and it is a peculiarity of this animal, that the moment he finds that his enemy, whatever it be, can do that thing, he disdains to run any farther, but at once stands to bay and the hunter may then deliver as many shots as he pleases. Herein lies the great advantage of the hunter on horseback. Another advantage is the security the horse affords, enabling his rider to avoid the charges of the angry elephant. No wonder Von Bloom sighed for a horse. No wonder mask of many faces he felt grieved at the want of this noble companion, that would have aided him so much in the chase. He grieved all the more, now that he had become acquainted with the district, and had found it so full of elephants. Troops of an hundred had been seen and these far from being shy, or disposed to make off after a shot or two. Perhaps they had never heard the report of a gun before that of his own long roer pealed in their huge ears. With a horse the field cornet believed he could have killed many, and obtained much valuable ivory. Without one, his chances of carrying out his design were poor indeed. His hopes were likely to end in disappointment. He felt this keenly. The bright prospects he had so ardently indulged in, became clouded over and fears for the future once more harassed him. He would only waste his time in this wilderness. His children would live without books, without education, mask of many faces without society. Were he to be suddenly called away, what would become of them His pretty Gertrude would be no better off than a little savage his sons would become not in sport, as he was wont to call them, but in reality a trio of Bush boys. Once more these thoughts filled the heart of the mask of many faces father with pain. Oh what would he not have given at that moment for a pair of horses, of any sort whatever The field cornet, while making these reflections, was seated in the great nwana tree, upon the platform, that had been built on the side towards the lake, and from which a full view could be obtained of the water. From this point a fine view could also be obtained of the country which lay to the eastward of the lake. At some distance off it was wooded, but nearer the vley a grassy plain lay spread before the eye like a green meadow. The eyes of the hunter were tu.ks quite inaccessible to man. How could he obtain a set of them He had already formed such an intention. Where could be their breeding place His reflections were interrupted at this point, by very singular behaviour on the part of the wild hounds, and which gave him a new idea of their intelligence that quite electrified him. When the hartebeest stood to bay, and the hounds came up, Von Bloom very naturally expected to see the latter run in upon their game, and at once pull it to the ground. This he knew was their usual habit. What was his astonishment at seeing the whole pack standing off to one side, as if they intended to leave the antelope alone Some of them even lay down to rest themselves, while the others stood with open jaws and lolling tongues, but without showing any signs that they intended further to molest the panting quarry The field cornet could observe the situation well, for the antelope was on his side that is, towards the cliffs while the dogs were farther out upon the plain. Another circumstance that astonished him was, that the dogs, after running up and around the hartebeest, had actually drawn off to their present position What could it mean Were they afraid of its ugly horns Were they resting themselves before they should make their bloody onslaught The hunter kept his gaze intently fixed upon the interesting group. After a while the antelope, having recovered its wind a little, and seeing the pack so distant, made a fresh start. This time it ran in a side direction, apparently with the intention of gaining a hill that lay in that way, and up the sides of which it no doubt calculated upon gaining some advantage. But the creature had hardly stretched itself, when the hounds struck out after it and in five hundred yards running, once more brought it to a stand. Again the pack disposable dusk mask took station at a distance, and the hartebeest stood upon the plain alone Once more it essayed to escape, and started off with all the speed that was left in its legs the hounds as before trooping after. This time the antelope headed in a new direction, making for a point in the cliffs and as the chase now passed very near to the nwana tree, everybody had a fine view of it. The hartebeest seemed to be going faster than ever, or, at all events, the dogs did not now appear to gain upon it mask of many faces and the field cornet, as well as all the young people, were in hopes the poor creature would escape from its tireless pursuers. They watched the chase, until they could just see the bright body of the hartebeest afar off, appearing like a yellow spot upon the face of the rocks, but the dogs wer.