The Face Behind The 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 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 the face behind the mask hunters had scarce time to exchange thoughts, the face behind the mask before the huge creature was up within a few yards of the water. Here he halted, indian face mask 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 the face behind the mask 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 cotton face mask old bull, as Swartboy whispered. Up to this time the rhinoceros had 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 the face behind the mask in too high a caper just then to have heard or noticed any sound that was not very near and distinct. the face behind the mask 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 the face behind the mask a 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.under the light of the fires White teeth, too, could be observed, as the hyenas opened the face behind the mask their jaws, to give utterance to their harsh laughter like cries. With such a sight before their eyes, and such sounds ringing in their ears, neither Von Bloom nor any of his people tired as they were could go to sleep. Indeed, not only was sleep out of the question, but, worse than that, all the field cornet himself not excepted began to experience some feelings of apprehension, if not actual alarm. They had never beheld a troop of hyenas so numerous and fierce. There could not be less than two dozen of them around the camp, with twice that number of jackals. Von Bloom knew that although, under ordinary circumstances, the hyena is not a dangerous animal, yet there are places and times when he will attack human beings. Swartboy knew this well, and Hans, too, from having read of it. No wonder, then, that some apprehension was felt by all of them. The hyenas now behaved with such boldness, and appeared so ravenous, that sleep was out of the question. Some demonstration must be made to drive the brutes away from the camp. Von Bloom, Hans, and Hendrik, laid hold of their guns, and got out of the wagon, while Swartboy armed himself with his bow and arrows. All four stood close by the trunk of the nwana, on the other side from that where the fires were. In this place they were in the pink face mask shadow, where they could best observe anything that should come under the light of the fires without being themselves seen. Their position was well chosen. They had scarcely fixed themselves in it, when they perceived a great piece of mouth face mask neglect they had been guilty of. Now, for the first time it occurred to them what had brought the hyenas around them in such numbers. Beyond a doubt it was the flesh of the elephant, the face behind the mask the biltongue. That was what the beasts were after and all now saw that a mistake had been committed in hanging the meat too low. The hyenas might easily get at it. This was soon made manifest for, even at the moment while they stood watching the red festoons, plainly visible under the light of Swartboy s fires, a shaggy spotted brute rushed forward, reared up on his hind legs, seized one of the pieces, dragged it down from the pole, and then ran off with it into the darkness. A rushing sound could be heard as the others joined him to get share of his plunder and, no doubt, in less than half a minute the morsel was consumed for, at the end of that time, glancing eyes and gleaming teeth showed that the whole troop was back again and ready to make a fresh seizure. None of the hunters had fired, as the.
d in his singular situation. Under other circumstances he would have been dragged down for the sake of his skin. But there was no time to spare for skinning him and without further delay, Von Bloom and his companions mounted their horses and rode off. Chapter Twelve. A talk about Lions. As they rode back they conversed about lions, to beguile the time. All of them knew something about these animals but Swartboy, who had been chamomile face mask born and brought up in the bush, in the very midst of their haunts as it were, of course was well acquainted with their habits ay, far better than Monsieur Buffon himself. To describe the personal appearance of a lion would be to waste words. Every one of my readers must know the lion by sight, either from having seen one in a zoological collection, or the stuffed skin of one in a museum. Every one knows the form of the animal, and his great shaggy mane. Every one knows, moreover, that the lioness is without this appendage, and in shape and size differs considerably from the male. Though there are not two species of resmed airtouch f20 full face mask lions, there are what are termed varieties, but these differ very little from each other far less than the varieties of most other animals. There are seven acknowledged varieties. The Barbary lion, the lion of Senegal, the Indian lion, the Persian, the yellow Cape, the black Cape, and the maneless lion. The difference among these animals is not so great, but that at a glance any one may tell they were all of one species and kind. The Persian variety is rather smaller than the others the Barbary is of darker brown and heavily maned the lion of Senegal is of light shining yellow colour, and thinly maned while the maneless lion, as its name imports, is without this appendage. The existence of the last species is doubted by some naturalists. It is said to be found in Syria. The two Cape lions differ principally in the colour of the mane. In the one it is black or dark brown in the other of a tawny yellow, like the rest of the body. Of all lions, those of South Africa are perhaps the largest, and the black variety the most fierce and dangerous. Lions inhabit the whole continent of Africa, and the southern countries of Asia. They were once common in parts of Europe, where they exist no longer. There are no lions in America. The animal known in Spanish American countries as the lion leon is the cougar or puma Felis concolor , which is not one third the lion s size, and resembles the king of beasts only in being of the same tawny colour. The puma is not unlike a lion s cub six months old. Africa is peculiarly the country of the lion. He is found.ns or hyenas, and killed there. His carcass had been overlooked by the larger carnivora, and the cunning jackals had been making a the face behind the mask quiet breakfast upon it, when so unceremoniously disturbed. The entrance of their terrible king in such angry mood, by the door, caused the fox wolves to beat a quick retreat by the window and the appearance of the horsemen without had still further frightened these cowardly brutes, so that they ran away from the kraal at top speed, and never halted until they were out of sight. The three hunters could not restrain a laugh but their tone was suddenly changed by another incident that happened almost at the same moment. Von Bloom had brought with him his two fine dogs, to assist in driving back the cattle. During the short halt the party had made by the spring, these had fastened upon a half eaten carcass behind the walls and, being extremely hungry, had stuck to it, even after the horsemen, had ridden off. Neither of the dogs had seen the lion, until the moment when the savage brute charged forward, and was making for the kraal. The shots, the growling of the lion, and the loud wings of the vultures as they flew off affrighted, told the dogs that something was going on in front, at which they ought to be present and, forsaking their pleasant meal, both came bounding over the walls. They reached the open space in front, just as the lion leaped into the door and without hesitation the brave noble animals rushed on, and followed him inside the house. For some moments there was heard a confused chorus of noises the barking and worrying of the dogs, the growling and roaring of the lion. Then a dull sound followed as of some heavy object dashed against the wall. Then came a mournful howl another, another a noise like the cracking of bones the purr of the great brute with its loud rough bass and then a deep silence. The struggle was over. This was evident, as the dogs no longer gave tongue. Most likely they were killed. The hunters remained watching the door with feelings of intense anxiety. The laugh had died upon their lips, as they listened to those hideous sounds, the signs of the fearful combat. They called their dogs by name. They hoped to see them issue forth, even if wounded. But no. The dogs came not forth they never came forth they were dead A long continued silence followed the noise of the conflict. Von Bloom could no longer doubt that his favourite and only dogs had been killed. Excited by this new misfortune he almost lost prudence. He was about to rush forward to the door, where by nature face mask he might deliver his fire close to the hated enemy, when.ur horny toes or sabots on the hind foot, where only three appear upon that of the latter. The enamel of the teeth presents still another proof of these animals being different in species. Nor are all Asiatic elephants alike. In this species there are varieties which present very distinct features and, indeed, these varieties, as they are called, appear to differ from each other, nearly as much as any one of them does from the African kind. One variety known among Orientals by the face behind the mask the name of mooknah, has straight tusks that point downward, whereas the usual habit of these singular appendages is to curve upward. Asiatics recognise two main castes, or perhaps species, among their elephants. One known as coomareah, is a deep bodied, compact, and strong animal, with large trunk and short legs. The other called merghee, is a taller kind, but neither so compact nor strong as the coomareah, nor has he so large a trunk. His long legs enable him to travel faster than the coomareah but the latter having a larger trunk a point of beauty among elephant owners and being capable of enduring more fatigue, is the favourite, and fetches a larger price in the Oriental market. Occasionally a white elephant is met with. This is simply an albino, but such are greatly prized in many countries of Asia, and large sums are given for them. the face behind the mask They are even held in superstitious veneration in some parts. The Indian elephant at the present time inhabits most of the southern countries of Asia, including the large islands, Ceylon, Java, Sumatra, Borneo, etcetera. Of course every one knows that in these countries the elephant has been trained long ago to the use of man, and is one of the domestic animals. But he also exists in a wild state, both upon the continent of Asia and in its islands and hunting the elephant is one of the grand sport of the East. In Africa the elephant exists only in a state of nature. None of the nations upon this little known continent tame or train him to any purpose. He is only prized among them for his precious tusks, and his flesh as well. Some have asserted that this species is more fierce than its Indian congener, and could not be domesticated. This is altogether a mistake. The reason why the African elephant is not trained, is simply that none of the modern nations of Africa have yet reached a high enough point of civilisation to avail themselves of the services of this valuable animal. The African elephant may be domesticated and trained to the howdah, or castle, as easily as his Indian cousin. The trial has been made but that it can be done no better proof is required tha.
The Face Behind The Mask of birds, though it was quite as stately, and much larger and taller. In fact, its great height and erect attitude was why Hendrik at first glance had taken it for an ostrich. It was neither peacock nor ostrich, but belonging to a different genus from either to the genus Otis or bustard. It was the great bustard of South Africa the Otis kori called pauw by the Dutch colonists, on account of its ocellated plumage and other points of resemblance to the Indian peacock. Now Swartboy, as well as Von Bloom, knew that the pauw was one of spf face lotion the most delicious of fowls for the table. But they knew at the same time that it was one of the shyest of birds, so shy that it is very difficult to get even a long shot at one. How, then, was it to be approached within range of the Bushman s arrow That was the point to be considered. Where it stood, it was full two hundred yards from them and had it perceived them, it would soon have widened that distance, by running off two hundred more. I say running off, for birds of the bustard family rarely take to wing, but use their long legs to escape from an enemy. On this account they are often hunted by dogs, and caught after a severe chase. Although but poor flyers, they are splendid runners, swift almost as the ostrich itself. The pauw, however, had not observed bicycle face mask the hunters as yet. They had caught a glimpse of it, before appearing out of the bushes, and had halted as soon as they saw it. How was Swartboy to approach it It was two hundred yards from any cover, and the ground was as clean as a new raked meadow. True, the plain was not a large one. Indeed, Swartboy was rather surprised to see a pauw upon so small a one, for these birds frequent only the wide open karoos, where they can sight their enemy at a great distance. The glade was not large, but, after watching the bustard the face behind the mask for some minutes, the hunters saw that it was resolved to keep near the centre, and showed no disposition to feed in the direction of the thicket on either side. Any one but a Bushman would have despaired of getting a shot at this kori but Swartboy did not despair. Begging the others to remain quiet, he crept forward to the edge of the jungle, and placed the face behind the mask himself behind a thick leafy bush. He then commenced uttering a call, exactly similar to that made by the male of the kori when challenging an adversary to combat. Like the grouse, the bustard is polygamous, and of course terribly jealous and pugnacious, at certain seasons of the year. Swartboy knew that it was just then the fighting season among the pauws, and hoped by imitating their challenge to draw the bird a cock he.earth therapeutics face mask