Cold Weather Half Face Mask s passage and with a strength inspired by the peril, Murtagh and the Malay pulled upon their oars, each handling his respective pair as if his life depended on the effort. With the united will of oarsmen and steerer the effort was successful and ten seconds later the pinnace was safe inside the breakers, moving along under the impulse of two pairs of oars, that rose and fell as gently as if they were pulling her over the surface of some placid lake. In less than ten minutes her keel touched bottom on the sands of Borneo, and her crew, staggering ashore, dropped upon their knees, and in words earnest as those uttered by Columbus at Cat Island, or the Pilgrims on Plymouth Rock, breathed a devout thanksgiving for their deliverance. Chapter Six. A Gigantic Oyster. Water water The pain of hunger is among the hardest to endure, though there is still a harder that of thirst. In the first hours of either, it is doubtful which of the two kinds of suffering is the more severe but, prolonged beyond a certain point, hunger loses its keenness of edge, through the sheer weakness of the sufferer, while the agony of thirst knows no such relief. Suffering, as our castaways were, from want of food for nearly a week, their thirst was yet more agonising and after the thanksgiving prayer had passed from their lips, their first thought was of water their cry, Water water As they arose to their feet they instinctively looked around to see if any brook or spring were near. An ocean was flowing beside them but this was not the kind of water wanted. They had already had enough of the briny element, and did not even turn their eyes upon it. It was landward they looked scanning the edge of the forest, that came down within a hundred yards of the shore the strip of sand on which they had beached their boat trending along between the woods and the tide water as far as the eye could trace it. A short distance off, however, a break was discernible in the line of the sand strip which they supposed must be either a little inlet of the sea itself, or the outflow of a stream. If the latter, then were they fortunate indeed. Saloo, the most active of the party, hastened toward it the others following him only with their eyes. They watched him with eager gaze, trembling between hope and fear Captain Redwood more apprehensive than the rest. He knew that in this part of the Bornean coast months often pass without a single shower of rain and if no stream or spring should be found they would still be in danger of perishing by thirst. They saw Saloo bend by the edge of the inlet, scoop up some water in his palms.te, however, as various roots and nuts supplied them with a change of food. Of the latter, they had the ground or pig nut Arachis hypogea , which grows in all parts of Southern Africa, and which forms a staple food of the native inhabitants. For vegetables they had the bulbs of many species of Ixias and Mesembryanthemums, among others the Hottentot fig Mesembryanthemum edule. They had the Caffir bread the inside pith of the stems of a species of Zamia and the Caffir chestnut, the fruit of the Brabeium stellatum and last, not least, the enormous roots of the elephant s foot Testudinaria elephantipes. They had wild onions and garlic too and in the white flower tops of a beautiful floating plant Aponogeton distachys , they found a substitute for asparagus. All these roots and fruits were to be obtained in the neighbourhood, and no man knew better how to find them, and crow them up when found, than did Swartboy the Bushman. Well might he, for in Swartboy s early days he had often been compelled to subsist for weeks, and even months, on roots alone But although they could procure a constant supply of these natural productions, they considered them but a poor substitute for bread and all of them longed to eat once more what is usually termed the staff of life though in South Africa, where so many people live exclusively upon the flesh of animals, bread is hardly entitled to that appellation. Bread they were likely to have, and soon. When trekking from the old kraal, they had brought with them a small bag of maize. It was the last of their previous year s stock and there was not in all over a bushel of it. But that was enough for seed, and would produce many bushels if properly planted, and carefully tended. This had been done shortly after their arrival at their present home. A fertile spot of ground had been selected, only a few hundred yards from the nwana tree. It had been turned up with the spade, for want of a plough, and the seeds planted at proper distances. Many an hour had been given to the weeding and hoeing of it, and around every plant a little hill of soft mould had been raised, to nourish the roots, and protect them from the heat of the sun. The plants were even watered now and then. Partly on account of this attention, and partly from the richness of the virgin soil, a splendid growth was the result and the stalks stood full twelve feet high, with ears nearly a foot long. They had almost ripened and the field cornet intended in about a week or ten days to gather in the crop. Both he and all his people were anticipating pleasant feasts of maize bread, and homi.
ed for it to pass off. It was not dispelled until the sun had risen in the heavens behind them, for their backs were still to the east, their route lying due westward. During the night, and again in the morning, they had discussed the question of striking straight across the plain, or making a circuitous march around it. When the fog at length lifted, this point was definitely settled by what they saw before and on each side of them, that the great valley plain extended both to right and left beyond the limits of their vision. To go round it might add scores of miles and many days to their journey. They could not think of taking such a circuitous route, even cold weather half face mask with the fear of the wild men before them a danger Captain Redwood believed to be greatly exaggerated by the Malay, who in such matters was of a somewhat imaginative turn. Throwing aside all thought of such an encounter, they struck down the mountain slope, determined on crossing the plain. It was sunset when they arrived at the mountain foot, and another night was passed there. On the following morning they commenced the passage of the plain which introduced them to a very different and much more difficult kind of travelling than any they had experienced since leaving the sea coast. Some parts of their journey, both in the ascent and descent, had been toilsome enough but the slopes, as well as the summits, were comparatively clear of underwood. On the low level it was quite another affair. The huge forest trees motorcycle face masks were loaded with parasitical creepers, which, stretching from trunk to trunk in all directions, formed medieval face mask here and there an impenetrable net or trellis work. In such places the kris of Saloo, and the ship s axe carried by cold weather half face mask Murtagh, were called into requisition, and much time was expended in cutting a way through the tangled growth. Another kind of obstacle was also occasionally met with, in the brakes of bamboo, where these gigantic canes, four or five inches in diameter, and rising to a height of over fifty feet, grew so close together that even a snake would have found difficulty in working its way through them. Fortunately, their stems being hollow, they are easily brought down, and a single stroke from the axe, or even Saloo s sharp kris, given slantingly, would send one of them crashing over, its leafy top bearing along with it the long ribbon like leaves of many others. One of these cane brakes proved to be upwards of a mile in width, and its passage delayed them at least three hours. They might have attempted to get round it, but they did not know how far it extended. Possibly ten or twenty miles for the.dy completed the arrangements. On the top of his turban, safely secured by a knotting of his long black hair, he had fastened his bamboo quiver of poisoned arrows while his kris with which a Malay under no circumstances thinks of parting lay along his thigh, kept in position by the cold weather half face mask waist strap used in suspending his sarong. With his sumpitan and the captain s gun in his left hand, he was ready to take to the water. Not another moment was lost the voices of the ourangs seemed to be calling them and plunging through the shallow, they were soon out in deep water, and striking steadily but rapidly, silently but surely, towards the centre of the lagoon. Henry and Murtagh remained on the shore looking after them. The ship carpenter was but an indifferent swimmer, and the youth was not strong enough to have swam half a mile. It was doubtful if either could have reached the spot where the apes seemed to have made their rendezvous. And if so, they would have been too exhausted to have rendered any service in case of a sudden conflict. The brave Irishman, devoted to his old skipper, and Henry, anxious to share his father s fate, would have made the attempt but Captain Redwood restrained them, directing both to await his return. They stood close to the water s edge, following the swimmers with their eyes, and with prayers for their success, scarcely uttered in words, but fervently felt Murtagh, according to the custom of his country and creed, sealing the petition by making the sign of the cross. Chapter Thirty Four. Swimming in Shadow. Silently and swiftly the two swimmers continued their course through the shadowy aisles of leather motorcycle face mask the forest. Twilight, almost darkness, was above and around them for the trees meeting overhead caused an obscurity sombre as night itself. No ray of sunlight ever danced upon the surface of that dismal lagoon. They would have lost their way, had not the noises guided them. Should these be discontinued, their exertions might be all in vain. They thought of this as they proceeded, and reflected also on the course to be adopted when they reached the rendezvous of the gorillas. Supposing there could be no footing found, how were they to use either gun or sumpitan The question passed between them in a whisper as they swam side by side. Neither knew how to answer it. Saloo only expressed a hope that they might get upon the limb of a tree near enough to send a bullet or arrow into the body of the mias, and terminate his career. There seemed no other chance, and they swam on, keeping it before their minds. About the direction, they had no difficulty whatever. Althou.grown young male. The trap then lay idle for a while but about a week after a half grown cub was shot near the camp by Hendrik, no doubt the last of that family, as no lions were seen for a long time after. A great enemy to night plunderers was that same gun trap. Chapter Forty Three. The Weaver Birds. Now that the beasts of prey had been destroyed, or driven from about the camp, there was no longer any danger in that quarter, and the children could be left by themselves. Totty of course always stayed with custom motorcycle face masks them while the four hunters went forth upon the chase of the elephant each mounted upon his quagga. They had done so many a time, and as no harm had happened to the children in their absence, such a course became habitual with them. Jan and Tr uuml ey were cautioned not cold weather half face mask to stray far from the nwana, and always to climb to the tree, should they perceive any animal that might be dangerous. Before the destruction of the hyenas and lions, they had been used to remain altogether in the tree, while the hunters were absent. But this had been quite an imprisonment to them and now that the danger was not considered much, disposable mask target they were allowed to come down and cold weather half face mask play upon the grassy plain, or wander along the shore of the little lake. On one occasion when the hunters were cold weather half face mask abroad, Tr uuml ey had strayed down to cold weather half face mask lush jelly face mask the edge of the water. She was alone, if we except the company of the gazelle, which followed at her silence of the lambs face mask heels wherever she went. This pretty creature had grown to full size, and had turned out a great beauty, with large round eyes that had a lovely melting expression, like the eyes of Tr uuml ey herself. Well, as I have said, Tr uuml ey was alone. Jan was busy near the bottom of the tree, working a new rod into his bird cage, and Totty was out upon the plain herding old Graaf so Tr uuml ey and the pet springbok went strolling along by themselves. Now Tr uuml ey had not gone down to the water without an object. She had one. She had gone to give her pet a drink, and collect some blue lilies for a bouquet. All this she had done, and still continued to walk along the shore. On one side of the lake, and that the farthest from the nwana tree, a low spit of land cold weather half face mask projected into the water. It had once been but a sand bar, but grass had grown upon it, until a green turf was formed. There was not over a square perch of it altogether, but it was not square in shape. On the contrary, it was of oval form, and much narrower nearest the land, where it formed a neck, or isthmus, not more than three feet in width. It was, in short, a miniature peninsula, which by a very little work with the spade co.
Cold Weather Half Face Mask roast should cold weather half face mask be done, they fell into conversation, which naturally turned upon hornbills and their habits, Saloo furnishing most of the information concerning these curious birds. Captain Redwood had not only seen them before, in the course of his voyages among the Malayan Archipelago, but he had read about their habits, and knew that they were found in various parts of the African continent. They are there called Korw Tockus erythrorhynchus , and Dr Livingstone gives an interesting account of them. He says, We passed the nest of a korw , just ready for the female to enter the orifice was plastered on both sides, but a space left of a heart shape, and exactly the size of the bird s body. The hole in the tree was in every case found to be prolonged some distance above the opening, and thither the korw always fled to escape being caught. The first time that Dr Livingstone himself saw the bird, it was caught by a native, who informed him that when the female hornbill enters her nest, she submits to a positive confinement. The male plasters up the entrance, leaving only a narrow slit by which to feed his mate, and which exactly suits the form of his beak. The female makes a nest of her own feathers, lays her eggs, hatches them, and remains with the young till they are fully fledged. During all this time, which is stated to be two or three months, the male continues to feed her and her young family. Strange to say, the prisoner generally becomes fat, and is esteemed a very dainty morsel by the natives, while the poor slave of a husband gets so lean that, on the sudden lowering of the temperature, which cold weather half face mask sometimes happens after a fall of rain, he is benumbed, falls down, and dies. It is somewhat unusual, as Captain Redwood remarked, for the prisoner to fatten, while the keeper pines The toucan of South America also forms her nest in the cavity of a tree, and, like the hornbill, plasters up the aperture with mud. The hornbill s beak, added Captain hunting face mask Redwood, is slightly curved, sharp pointed, and about two inches long. While the body of the rooster was sputtering away in the bright blaze, Saloo entertained the party by telling them what he knew about the habits of the hornbills and this was a good deal, for he had often caught them in the forests of Sumatra. It may be remarked here, that many of the natives of the Malayan Archipelago possess a considerable knowledge of natural history, at least of its practical part. The reason cold weather half face mask is, that the Dutch, who own numerous settlements throughout these islands, have always been great taxidermists and skin preservers, and to procure specim.ngers foot goers. They are, in fact, the larvae of these locusts, before they have obtained their wings. These have also their migrations, that are often more destructive than those of the perfect insects, such as we see here. They proceed over the ground by crawling and leaping like grasshoppers for, indeed, they are grasshoppers a species of them. They keep on in nba face mask one direction, as if they were guided by instinct to follow a particular course. Nothing can interrupt them in their onward march unless the sea or some broad and rapid river. Small streams they can swim across and large ones, too, where they run sluggishly walls and houses they can climb even the chimneys going straight over them and the moment they have reached the other side of any obstacle, they continue straight onward in the old direction. In attempting to cross broad rapid rivers, they are drowned in countless myriads, and swept off to the sea. When it is only a small migration, the farmers sometimes keep them off by means of fires, as you have heard. On the contrary, when large numbers appear, even the fires are of no avail. But how is that, brother inquired Hendrik. I can understand how fires would stop the kind you speak of, since you say they are without wings. But since they are so, how do they get through the fires Jump them No, not so, replied Hans. The fires are built too wide and large for that. How then, brother asked Hendrik. I m puzzled. So am I, said little Jan. And I, added Tr uuml ey. Well, then, continued Hans, millions of the insects crawl into the fires and put them out Ho cried all in astonishment. How Are they not burned Of course, replied Hans. They are scorched and killed myriads of cold weather half face mask them quite burned up. But their bodies crowded thickly on the fires choke them out. The foremost ranks of the great host thus become victims, and the others pass safely across upon the holocaust thus made. So you see, even fires cannot stop the course of the locusts when they are in great numbers. In many parts workplace respirators face masks disposable of Africa, where the natives cultivate the soil, as soon as they discover a migration of these insects, and perceive that they are heading in the direction of their fields and gardens, quite a panic is produced among them. They know that they will lose their crops to a certainty, cold weather half face mask and hence dread a visitation of locusts as they would an earthquake, or some other great calamity. We can well understand their feelings upon such an occasion, remarked Hendrik, with a significant look. The flying locusts, continued Hans, seem less to follow a particular direction than their larvae. The former seem to.