Rubber Face Mask the forest in search of fruits or roots, had strayed close to their camp under the fig tree. He came too close for his own safety a bullet from Captain Redwood s rifle having put an abrupt stop to his rootings. Butchered in proper scientific fashion, he not only afforded them food for the time in the shape of pork chops, roast ribs, and the like but gave them a couple of hams, which, half cooked and cured by smoking, could be carried as a sure supply upon the journey. And so provisioned, they at length determined on commencing it, taking with them such articles of the wreck salvage as could be conveniently transferred, and might prove beneficial. Bidding adieu to the pinnace, the dear old craft which had so safely carried them through the dangers of the deep, they embarked on a voyage of a very different kind, in the courses of which they were far less skilled, and of whose tracks and perils they were even more apprehensive. But they had no other alternative. To remain on the eastern coast of Borneo would be to stay there for ever. They could not entertain the slightest hope of any ship appearing off shore to rescue them. A vessel so showing itself would be, in all probability, a prau filled with bloodthirsty pirates, who would either kill or make captives of them, and afterwards sell them into slavery and a slavery from which no civilised power could redeem them, as no civilised man might ever see them home face masks in their chains. It was from knowing this terrible truth that Captain Redwood had resolved upon crossing the great island overland at that part where he supposed it to be narrowest, the neck lying between its eastern coast and the old Malayan town of Bruni on the west, adjacent to the islet of Labuan, where he knew an English settlement was situated. In pursuance of this determination, he struck camp, and moved forward into a forest of unknown paths and mysterious perils. Chapter Twenty Two. Across Country. In undertaking the journey across Borneo, Captain Redwood knew there would be many difficulties to encounter, as well as dangers. There was first the great distance, which could not be much less than two hundred and fifty miles, even if they should succeed in making it in a straight line as the crow flies. But, no doubt, obstructions would present themselves along the route to cause many a d tour. Still this was an obstacle which time would overcome. At the rate of ten miles a day, it would be conquered in a month best face mask on amazon and if two months should have to be spent, it would not be a very formidable hardship, considering that it was a journey overtaken to carry them through a.removed in fact, such a notch as would have caused the tree to fall had it been left to itself. But it was not, for before advancing so far in his work, Swartboy had taken measures to prevent that. He had stayed the tree by fastening the rheim to its upper branches on the opposite side, and then carrying the rope to the limbs of another tree that stood out in that direction. Thus adjusted, the elephant s tree was only kept from falling by the rheim stay and a slight push, in the direction of the latter, would have thrown over. Swartboy now replaced the section of bark, which he had preserved and after carefully collecting the chips, no one, without close examination, could have told that the tree had ever felt the edge of an axe. Another operation yet remained to be performed that was the planting of the stakes, already prepared by Von Bloom and Hendrik. To set these firmly deep holes had to be made. But Swartboy was just the man to make a hole and in less than ten minutes he had sunk three, each over a foot deep, and not a half inch wider than the thickness of the stakes You may be curious to know how he accomplished this. You would have dug a hole with a spade, and necessarily as wide as the spade itself. But Swartboy had no spade, and would not have used it if there had been one since it would have made the holes too large for his purpose. Swartboy sunk his holes by crowing which process he performed by means of a small pointed stick. With this he first loosened the earth in a circle of the proper size. He then took out the detached mould, flung it away, and used the point of the crowing stick as before. Another clearing out of mould, another application of the stick and so on, till the narrow hole was deemed of sufficient depth. That was how Swartboy crowed the holes. They were sunk in a kind of triangle near the bottom of the tree, but on the side opposite to that where the elephant would stand, should he occupy his old ground. In each hole Swartboy now set a stake, thick end down and point upwards some small pebbles, and a little mould worked in at the sides, wedged them as firmly as if they had grown there. The stakes were now daubed over with soft earth, to conceal the white colour of the wood the remaining chips were picked up, and all traces of the work completely obliterated. This done, the hunters withdraw from the spot. They did not go far but choosing a large bushy tree to leeward, all three climbed up into it, and sat concealed among its branches. The field cornet held his long roer in readiness, and so did Hendrik his rifle. In case the ingenious trap of.
ng east of north. I am almost sure I heard the blows of hammers, or something like them. The noise I heard might have been almost anything, added Christy. What is there off in that direction asked Flint, pointing again. About north of us is Town Point, and just beyond it is Old Navy Cove, said the lieutenant, 211 who had been up the bay in the Bellevite on an excursion, and who had studied up all the localities. Possibly they are repairing a vessel there, suggested Flint. They would not do that over there, and certainly not on a dark night, argued Christy. But we will soon find out all about it. He led the way back to the boat, which he had ordered Beeks to have carried on the shore. Then they proceeded to bear it across the island to the bay, where it was put into the water again. CHAPTER XIX SOME TROUBLE ON BOARD THE TEASER It was not a difficult thing for so many men to carry the whaleboat across the island, and they were disposed to make merry over the novelty of the task but they had been instructed not to speak a loud word after the party left the south side of the island. The noise to which Christy rite aid disposable mask and Flint had listened indicated that something was going on, though they could not decide what it was. In the stillness of the night, and in the absence of any roar of breakers, sounds could be heard a long distance, though whether they came one mile or two, they could not determine. Get out those cloths, Beeks, said Christy, as soon as the boat had been put into the water. Every oar must be very carefully muffled, and you will see that it is properly done. I will have it done in a few minutes, sir, replied the acting coxswain. 213 As I said before, we are in no hurry, and you may take your time to do it properly, added the lieutenant. Those sounds are still to be heard, said Flint, who had been a short distance from the boat to listen for them. I hear them, replied Christy, walking away from the boat to continue the investigation while they were waiting. Some kind of a job is in progress at no great distance from us. From how far off do you calculate that those sounds come I think they must come a mile and I don t believe I can guess any nearer to it than that, though it is possible they rubber face mask come two miles. I know little or nothing of the region about here. Suppose we should go a mile north northeast from this spot, what should we find there, Mr. Passford asked Flint, apparently greatly interested in the question. It would be a point on Pensacola Bay, about half way between this island, where we stand, and Town Point, replied Christy. I should say it would be in the chan.ed, replied the lieutenant of the Teaser. I suppose you would not believe me if I should tell you, answered Christy. I judge that you can speak the truth if you try, rubber face mask added Lonley, with more asperity than the occasion seemed to require. I know that I could, said Christy, very 292 decidedly and I may add that I was in the habit of doing so on all occasions before this cruel war began. Then suppose you try to do so just now, and tell me how many men your people had on board of the Teaser. You must excuse me for the present, for I do not like to make statements to one who will not believe what I say, answered Christy, rather facetiously. You are a prisoner now. I am painfully aware of the fact, but I doubt if the government service baby face mask will suffer very much in rubber face mask my absence from duty. You are too modest by half, Mr. but I have rubber face mask not even the pleasure of knowing your name, and conversation is annoying under such circumstances. I am simply Midshipman Passford, at your service. Only a midshipman exclaimed Lonley. Upon my word, you ought to be a commodore. Passford Possibly you are a cousin of Colonel Passford of Glenfield. Colonel Passford is my uncle. Do you know him asked Christy. 293 I do know him and there is not a finer man or a truer patriot in the South than Colonel Passford. He is loading a schooner with cotton, and he offered me the command of it. Then you are his nephew, I have heard of you. I hope my uncle is quite well, for I have not heard from him for several weeks, or since I left New York. I saw him ten days ago, and he was very well then. I am very happy to have made a prisoner of his enterprising nephew, who appears to be capable of doing our cause a great deal of mischief, replied Lonley, looking earnestly in the direction of the Teaser. Thank you, Mr. Lonley I certainly intend to do it all the mischief I can in a legitimate way. I am speaking the truth now, said Christy. But you have not answered my question in regard to the number of men on board of the Teaser when you left her. And you will excuse me for the present if I do not answer it, added the union lieutenant. Very well, Mr. Passford I cannot compel you to answer it, though doing so would do no harm to 294 your cause, for I rubber face mask should judge that the question of the hour is settled. What is the question of the hour, Mr. Lonley The question is which side is in possession of the Teaser, yours or mine, replied the privateersman, still gazing out into the gloom. Is that question settled asked Christy, with interest. Of course I don t know, but I should think that it was. We hear no more pistol shots and no more clash.dear little creature, not less beautiful than the springbok, and of still face lift mask more diminutive proportions. That was the fawn of an ourebi, one of the elegant little antelopes that are found in such variety over the plains and in the bush of Southern Africa. It was to Hendrik they were indebted not only for this pet, but for a dinner of delicate venison, which they had that day eaten, and which all of them, except Swartboy, preferred to elephant beef. Hendrik had procured the venison by a shot from his rifle, and in the following manner. About midday he went out having fancied that upon a large grassy meadow near the camp he saw some animal. After walking about half a mile, and keeping among bushes, around the edge of the meadow, he got near enough to be sure rubber face mask that it was an animal he had observed, for he now saw two in the place he had marked. They were of a kind he had not met with before. They were very small creatures, smaller even fisher and paykel simplus full face mask than springboks, but, from their general form and appearance, Hendrik knew they were either antelopes or deer and, as Hans had told him there were no deer in Southern Africa, he concluded they must be some species of antelope. They were a buck and doe, this he knew because one of them only carried horns. The buck was under two feet in height, of slender make, and pale tawny colour. He was white bellied, with white arches above the eyes, and some long white hair under the throat. Below his knees were yellowish tufts of long hair, and his horns instead of being lyrate, like those of the springbok rose nearly vertical to the height of four inches. They were black in colour, round shaped, and slightly ringed. The doe was without horns, and was a much smaller animal than her mate. From all these marks Hendrik thought the little antelopes were ourebis and such they were. He continued to stalk in upon them, until he was as close as he could get. But he was still more than two hundred yards from them, and of course far from being within shooting distance with his small rifle. A thick jong dora bush concealed him, but he dared not go farther else the game would have taken the alarm. He could perceive that they were shy creatures. Every now and gain the buck would raise his graceful neck to its full stretch, utter a slight blearing call, and look suspiciously around him. From these symptoms Hendrik drew the inference that rubber face mask it was shy game, and would not be easily approached. He lay for a moment, thinking what he should do. He was to leeward of the game, as he had purposely gone there but after a while, to his chagrin, he saw that they were feeding up the.
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Saloo had rekindled the fire, and got rubber face mask ready his pots and pans while Murtagh, who had stepped out to the larder , was about to take up one of the eggs, and carry it to the kitchen. But at that moment a sight met the eyes of the Irishman, that not only astonished, but caused him to sing out so excitedly as at once to attract the attention of the others to the same singular spectacle. It was that of an egg rolling, as it were, spontaneously over the ground And not only one egg for, as they continued to gaze a while, the whole lot, as if taking their cue from it, commenced imitating the movement, some with a gentle, others a more violent motion Murtagh sprang back affrighted, which way to wear white disposeable face mask and stood with his red hair on end, gazing at the odd and inexplicable phenomenon. The others were as much puzzled as he all except the Malay, who at a glance understood the philosophy of the movement. Young malee inside, he cried in explanation. We no eat egg, we get chickee. Wait little minnit. You him see come out full featha. Truly enough the chicks did come out, not as down covered helpless creatures, but pults in full plumage, as Saloo had predicted at all events, full enough to enable them to fly for as the shells one after another commenced crackling burst outward by the young birds strength each showed a perfect fledgling that, springing forth from the shivered encasement, like Jack out of his box, at once flapped its little wings, and essayed short flights over the surface of the sand. So much were the spectators taken by surprise, that one and all of the new born but completely equipped birds, would have winged their way into the forest and been lost, had it not been for Saloo, who, accustomed to such transformations, was in no way rubber face mask discomposed, but preserved his coolness and equanimity. Fortified by these, and armed with the boat hook, which he had suddenly.seismic apparatus. 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Haven t you been able to study the head and limbs No, damn it. Krendall took over from his junior. That was the big disappointment of the whole find. The specimen seems to be perfect except for missing skull and hands. Not a trace of either. The helicopter wavered slightly in its path, then steadied as Lampert forced his attention back to his job. No one said anything for a long time, but everyone was thinking. Someone else was thinking too, but wasn t keeping his thoughts to himself. They were being spoken, and virtually dripped with the thinker s fury. You sloppy, lazy parasites I don t mind being stuck with a job and a deadline, even if it s a report that s due in only fifty years and needs about two hundred for a real conclusion. 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