7th Heaven Face Mask proaching with all the speed the oarsmen could command, and they seemed to be experienced hands. There could be no doubt of the intentions of the enemy, and the midshipman drew his heavy naval revolver from his pocket. Stand by to repel boarders he called to the seamen. Pass up one of those shot, Sampson. Have a hand mount the rail, each with a shot, at the points where you have placed them. The ladies wish to know what is going on, Christy, said Paul, coming from the engine room. 131 I have no time to talk now, replied Christy impatiently, as he saw the approaching boat within ten feet of the side of the steamer. Tell them to stay where they are, and not come on deck The boat was not a large one, and it did not contain more than a dozen men but the fine form of Captain Carboneer could be seen, as he stood up in the stern sheets. Those who were not pulling the oars began to discharge revolvers at the men now mounted on the rail but the motion of the boat and the ship seemed to defeat their aim, and no one was hit so far as was known. When the boat comes alongside, 7th heaven face mask let the man who is in the right place for it drop his shot into it. Be careful of it, and don t waste the iron, shouted Christy, when the decisive moment came. All ready, sir, responded the men along the rail. You are the man, Boxie You are in the right 7th heaven face mask place for the first shot, added the midshipman. Boxie was next to him, and it 7th heaven face mask would be Christy s turn next if the old man failed to do good work with his shot. The boat came alongside, 132 and a bowman fastened his boathook at the side of the ship, and held it in place. At the same moment Boxie let drive his sixty pound shot but he ought to have waited an instant longer, for the missile dropped harmlessly into the river. The bowman had not obtained a good hold, and he lost it, so 7th heaven face mask that the boat began to drift astern. Captain Carboneer shouted his orders, and the man got a new hold, and this time it was at dwight face mask the painter of the boat in which Sampson had brought off Mr. Watts and the ladies. It had been forgotten in the excitement of the moment, but the rope afforded a good hold to several men who had grasped it. At this thrilling moment, a man wearing a frock coat discharged a revolver at Christy, who was standing on the rail above him, and then, seizing the painter in the hands of the men, he climbed briskly to the accommodation steps, which 7th heaven face mask had been hoisted up, but not taken on board. Christy was in the most dangerous position on board, for he seemed to be the target for all who could use their revolvers. But the young commander was not asleep, though he had given.o months, sir. Where did this steamer come from Captain Folkner bought her somewhere in the West Indies, and brought her here before the blockade was fairly established. Then she is an English built face lifting mask steamer I suppose she is, sir but I don t know anything about it. Then she has been here a long while. What has Captain Folkner been doing all this time asked Christy curiously. Inventing, sir, replied Dave, chuckling. I see he has that on the brain. The government threatened to take his vessel if he did not fit her out and take her to sea. Then he hurried up, and got a crew ready but they had a quarrel last night, and most of the men would not come on board. Yes I know all about that, added Christy, as he looked at his watch by the light of the shaded lamp in the cabin. I suppose you insist upon serving the Confederacy, Dave I don t insist on anything, sir I go where 239 the ship takes me, and I don t mean to quarrel with anybody. In other words, will it be necessary turmeric and honey face mask to put you under guard asked Christy. I don t think it would do me any good, sir, replied Dave, 7th heaven face mask laughing. Which side do you belong on demanded the officer, rather impatiently. I belong on Dave s side, sir. Which is Dave s side The side of freedom, replied the steward, with some embarrassment. I don t know you, sir you don t wear the uniform of a Yankee or a rebel, and the darkey gets crushed between the upper and the nether millstone. Then to make the matter plainer to you, I am the third lieutenant of the United States steamer Bellevite, and I have captured this vessel as an officer of the United States Navy, replied Christy. That s all I want to know the darkey knows where to go, when it is safe to go there, replied Dave. Then if it is safe for you to go to the pilot house, you may come with me, added the lieutenant, as he led the way to the deck. 240 Beeks, with the men who had not been assigned to other duty, was cutting away the ropes that held the casks in place, and had already turned adrift all the raft of them alongside. All the rubbish the nautical inventor had collected to carry out his famous scheme of floating the vessel through the sound was cleared from the deck, and cut loose from the side. I think everything is clear, sir, reported Beeks, as Christy appeared on deck with Dave. Stand by to get up the anchor, then, added the lieutenant. No anchor down, sir, interposed Dave. She is made fast to the buoy. So much the better. I suppose Captain Folkner did not trouble himself about the forts, Dave, did he Christy inquired. Yes, sir, he did Captain Folkner never slept a wink when he did not have Fort.
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 hydrating face masks 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 7th heaven face mask his rider to avoid the charges of the angry elephant. No wonder Von Bloom sighed for a horse. No wonder 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, 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 father with pain. Oh what would he not have given at that moment for a pair of horses, of any sort whatever The field disposable oxygen face mask 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.under the light of the fires White teeth, too, could be observed, as the hyenas opened 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, 7th heaven face mask 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 shadow, where they 7th heaven face mask medical face mask pattern 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 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 biltongue. 7th heaven face mask 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.r passengers on board of the Bellevite. But I am taking you down the river with me in order that you may see her and know her. I shall know her as soon as I see her. As I said disposable dust mask before, I shall run my horse back and get aboard of the Bellevite as soon as I am satisfied that the enemy are moving up the river, continued Christy. I am afraid I shall not be able to keep up with you if you run your horse, suggested the steward. I don t want you to keep up with me. You can come along as leisurely as you please, though you must not let the enemy get ahead of you. If the enemy are in the old Vampire, I could keep ahead of her on foot. You had better keep ahead of her on your horse about a quarter of a mile, or more but your main duty will be here. I have brought with me half a dozen Roman candles, and I am going to fix them in the ground on this spot. Here is a 100 bunch of matches, said Christy, handing it to him. The steward watched the midshipman while he planted the fireworks in the sand, and particularly marked the spot where they were located, for his companion told him he was to fire them, and he must be ready to do so without any delay. A boy could do that and like the fun of it, said Mr. Watts, laughing at the simple duty he was to perform. But it is the 7th heaven face mask time that you are to do it, and the boy might be skylarking, or become impatient. This signal of the fireworks is to assure us at the right moment that the Vampire, if it should be she, is in the place where I expect her to be. I understand it perfectly. After I leave you, another steamer may come along, and get to this point ahead of the Vampire and I should be very sorry to blow her out of the water, or sink her under it. You are to let us know by this signal that it is the Vampire, and no other, that is coming round the bend. You had better leave your horse a short distance from the river, for that gun will make every pane of glass within a mile of it shake when it is discharged. 101 You may be sure that I will not be on his back at that time. Still further I have planted six candles in the sand. 7th heaven face mask You will light only one of them when the steamer begins to round the bend. That will be enough to inform us of the fact on board of the Bellevite. What are the others for asked the steward, taking a memorandum book from his pocket as though he intended to write his instructions. It is not necessary to write it. We shall not be able to see what effect the shot produces after we fire. If the Vampire, always supposing she is the one, is not hurt, light a second candle only one of them. If she should be disabled, you will light t.
7th Heaven Face Mask s well as I do that the rest of the ship s company would not come on board till the Teaser was outside of Santa Rosa Island. We appeal to you, Captain Gilder, said Lonley. Why do you object to going out through Santa Rosa Sound asked Christy, willing to do the fair thing, since the mutineers had appealed to him. The Teaser draws ten feet of water with her coal in, and she cannot get through the sound in a week, if ever. Are you willing to go to sea by running the blockade, Lonley Perfectly willing and so are the whole ship s company. 222 But I won t take the risk of running the blockade. They put a fast steamer on there to day, and it is useless, replied Captain Folkner. The situation was certainly interesting to Christy and his companions. CHAPTER XX COMING TO THE POINT Captain Folkner of the Teaser was evidently somewhat timid, and he had heard of the arrival of the Bellevite. Just now the large ships of war which had been there were absent on their duty, though they were expected to return at any time. There was liable to be some unpleasantness at any time between Fort Pickens and Fort Barrancas but everything was quiet just now. Flint had come on board of the Teaser with Christy, but none of the boat s crew had attended them. The situation was very novel to the lieutenant, and he did not feel competent to arbitrate between the contending parties. Besides, he was not willing to believe that he could be entirely impartial, for he had a personal and patriotic interest in good korean face masks the issue of the quarrel. The seamen, under the leadership of Lonley, who appeared to be an officer, were the more powerful 224 party, and the more to be dreaded. He was disposed to decide against them, if he could get them out of the way by doing so. They were willing to leave the matter to him, and he began at last to see his way through it. The captain of a ship is the authority to be respected, Lonley, said he, when he had made up his mind what to do. We might as well bury ourselves in the sands as try to go through there, replied the leader of the mutiny, who seemed to be a very intelligent man, and Christy concluded from his language and manner that he was not a common sailor. That may be but the captain is supreme on the deck of his own ship, argued Christy. We are not on the high seas, and the Teaser has not yet gone into commission. It was only this afternoon in Pensacola that Captain Folkner told his ship s company that he was going to burrow through the sand in Santa Rosa Sound. We all said we would not go with him but a dozen of us came down with him when he told us that he had a way to flo.found it much wider than it is, you would have known that you had not gone far enough in the boat, replied Flint. Precisely so I wanted to find where we were before I changed the course in going farther to the eastward, added Christy. Flint made no further remark, and they returned to the boat, and seated themselves in their places. The lieutenant gave the order to shove off. We are in no hurry, Beeks if the men are tired, you can stop longer to rest them, continued the commander of the expedition. The men scouted the idea of being tired after a pull of two miles in a comparatively smooth sea. Christy told them that they might have some very heavy work to do before they returned to the ship, and he did not wish to use up their strength unnecessarily. Now, keep her east by north for a couple of 209 miles, Beeks, continued Christy. That will be face mask medical as far as we have occasion to go in this direction. Don t hurry them take it easy, for it will not be high tide till half past twelve, and we may have more time than we shall know how to use. The crew pulled very leisurely, and it was over an hour before Beeks estimated that they had made the two miles. As before, Christy and Flint were landed, and they walked across the island. But their walk was not even half the length of the last one and the spit was so narrow at this place that the lieutenant was confident he had struck the point he intended. This is our base of operations, said Christy, as he stood on the shore of the bay. We have got along very well so far, for it is not time yet for the music to begin, if it is to begin at all. What are you about, Flint The master s mate had lain down on the sand at the water s edge, and his companion was very much puzzled by his attitude. He wondered if his companion had the stomach ache, and was not able to stand up. I beg your pardon, Lieutenant Passford, but if you 7th heaven face mask will kindly be quiet for a moment, I hope to 210 be able to answer your question, replied Flint, in a low tone. Christy complied with the request, and as he did so, he thought he heard a noise in the distance, though he was not sure of it. He listened with all his ears, and some confused sounds came to him but he could make nothing of them. I heard some sort of a noise, said Flint, rising from his recumbent position. But I can make nothing of what I hear. If there was a fresh breeze, I should say that it was the surf. I heard it, too but I am bothered to make out what it is. Did you get an idea of any kind face dust mask asked Christy. It sounded as though something of a gang of men were at work off in this direction, replied Flint, pointi.