Cool Face Mask be effectual on either side. If we had not jumped down from the rail when we boarded, we might have escaped this surgical face masks 185 scrape, said Beeks, who was even more disgusted than his companion. It is no use to growl about it, added Christy, laughing. Here we are, and we can t help cool face mask ourselves at present. I suppose they will let us go, won t they inquired the quartermaster. Let us go where Let us go back where we came from, replied Beeks, who seemed to be quite muddled by his misfortune. You don t expect them to put you on board of the Bellevite again, do you Well, no not exactly but this steamer is nothing but a blockade runner, and such craft don t take prisoners. I hardly know what she is yet she is a blockade runner, but she appeals to be something more than that. She hoisted the Confederate flag, and her people stood by their guns like brave men. I count myself as a prisoner of war, said Christy, to the increased disgust of his companion. What do you suppose they will do with us asked Beeks, looking as though he had not a friend in the world, though he had always been a very 186 brave and active fellow when there was anything to do. I don t know, but I suppose she will run the cool face mask blockade into the Cape Fear River, and we may be taken up to Wilmington. While they were talking about it, they saw a group of officers coming to the forward deck, where they had remained since they came on board. They appeared to be examining the steamer to ascertain what damage she had sustained. Her bulwarks had been torn off, and she had suffered not a little from shot but she did not appear to be very seriously damaged. At the head of the party was one who had a uniform, and dignity enough to be the commander of the ship. Who are those two men forward asked this gentleman, as he called the attention of the others to the two strangers. No one knew who they were, and the captain continued to advance, looking very sharply at Christy, or at his uniform. The lieutenant thought he had seen the gentleman before, for it was quite impossible entirely to forget one with so much character in his face. I am afraid I shall be obliged to call upon 187 you, sir, to explain how you and your companion happen to be here, for I was not before aware of your presence. I shall cheerfully explain, Captain Carboneer, replied Christy, recognizing the captain, and bowing politely. Ah, you know me But I have not the pleasure of your acquaintance, so far as I can remember, added foaming face wash the captain. We met under some disadvantages so far as you are concerned, for I had the satisfaction of seeing you, though you did not see me, replied.ng spread neck to receive him. Another moment, and its envenomed fangs would pierce deep into his flesh. With a despairing scream Tr uuml ey rushed forward. She hoped to attract the monster upon herself. She would risk her own life to save that of her brother She had got within six feet of the threatening reptile. cool face mask Jan plastic face mask was about the same distance from it on the opposite side. They were equally in peril and face warmer mask one or the other perhaps both would have cool face mask fallen a sacrifice to the deadly cobra but at that moment their saviour was nigh. A dark shadow passed under their eyes in their ears was a rushing sound like the whish of a falling body and at the same instant a large bird darted down between them It did not stay to alight. For a moment its strong broad wings agitated the air in their faces but the next moment the bird made a sudden effort, and rose vertically upwards. Tr uuml ey s eyes fell upon the ground. The cobra was no longer there. With an exclamation of joy she sprang forward, and, throwing her arms around Jan, cried out, We are saved, brother we are saved Jan was somewhat bewildered. As yet he had seen no snake. He had seen the bird dart down between them but so adroitly had it seized the cobra and carried it off, that Jan, looking only at Tr uuml ey, had not perceived the serpent in its beak. He was bewildered and terrified, for he still fancied that Tr uuml ey was in danger. When he heard her exclaim, We are saved he was bewildered all the more. But the snake he cried out. Where is the snake As he put these questions, he kept examining Tr uuml ey from head to foot, as if expecting to see a reptile twined around some part of her body. The snake, Jan Did you not see it It was just there, at our feet but now see yonder it is. The secretary has got it. See They are fighting Good bird I hope it will punish the villain for trying to rob my pretty weavers. That s it, good bird Give it to him See, Jan What a fight Oh, ah said Jan, now comprehending the situation. Oh, ah Sure yonder is a snake, and a whopper, too. Ne er fear, Tr uuml ey Trust my secretary. He ll give the rascal a taste of his claws. There s a cool face mask lick well put in Another touch like that, and there won t be much life left in the scaly villain. There again, wop With these and similar exclamations the two children stood watching the fierce conflict that raged between the bird and the reptile. Now this bird was a very peculiar one so much so, that in all the world there is no other of the same kind. In form it resembled a crane, having very long legs, and being about the height and size of a crane. Its head and beak.
as they dropped below flight altitude. McLaughlin knew that in all too short a time it would be as dark as Viridis ever became. The nights could be dangerous. There was quite enough light to deceive a man into thinking he could see clearly, and an inexperienced wanderer might not realize until too late that details were not really distinct and that there was no clue to direction in the shadowless glow. McLaughlin himself could use the moons, but he doubted that any other member of the party could do so. They or their motions took knowing. He was pleased to note that there was no general rush to the door as the great blades whistled gently to a stop. The scientists turned to him, but remained where cool face mask they were. No words were spoken, but Lampert s relinquishment of command was evident. McLaughlin unfolded his length from the seat. There are two choices, he said. We can sleep in the copter, or outside. The first will be a trifle cramped, but the second will require either a double circle of charged wire or two armed guards on constant watch. With no offense meant, I doubt that anyone but myself in this group could qualify as a night guard. Why a double circle of wire asked Lampert. The wire will stop only an animal in control of its motion when it makes contact. If a cool face mask Felodon were to spring from a little distance, it might not like the wire but it could hardly stop until it reached the ground, and there should then be a similar barrier ahead of it. We cool face mask could use a lethal voltage. Even if you want to take the risk what is lethal to a Felodon will be equally so to a man you ll have the insulation problem. There s always a darned good chance of rain before morning, and We might as well stay inside, then. We have the electric equipment, but it will take quite a while to set it up and it hardly seems worth the trouble for a one night stand. As you say, it will be a little crowded here. But we ve all slept under worse conditions. Would anyone rather set up the fence There was no answer to this question. At Lampert s direction a meal was served and eaten. Then the scientists settled down for the night, some to sleep at once, others to review plans or recheck equipment. Mitsuitei occupied himself with making careful measurements of the photographs he had been given he was the last asleep Scores of miles to the southwest, the Felodon reached the river. It was no longer on the coast some time since it had swerved inland. A casual compass check would have revealed that it was still heading straight for the now grounded helicopter. Even McLaughlin could not have told what led the crea.r. It was possible that the young man had just arrived and was fatigued by the trials and perils of his trip, for he must have come by some roundabout way and very likely he felt nervous and uneasy in the midst of people who were loyal to the government and the union. Captain Passford decided to say nothing more to his nephew at present as to the occasion and the manner of his visit to Bonnydale, and during the evening meal he avoided all allusion to the war, so far as it was possible to do so. Mrs. Passford and Florry received him very kindly, but following the example of the head of the family, they spoke only of domestic affairs, and of the relations of the two families as they had been before the war. Between the brothers Homer and Horatio Passford, even from their early boyhood, a remarkably 19 strong fraternal affection had subsisted. Both of them were high toned men, and both of them had always been faithful in the discharge of every duty to God and man. Each of them had a wife, a son and a daughter, and two happier families could not have been found on the face of the earth. They were not only devoted to each other, each within its own circle, but the two families were as nearly one as it was possible to be. Captain Horatio had formerly been a shipmaster, and had accumulated an immense fortune. Homer was less fortunate in this respect, and his tastes were somewhat different from those of his brother. He wanted to be a planter, and with the financial assistance of his brother, he went into the business of raising cotton near Mobile, in Alabama. But years before the war, he had paid off every dollar of his indebtedness to Horatio, and had made a comfortable fortune besides. The two families had visited each other as much an possible, and the captain, with cool face mask his little family, had been almost to the plantation in cool face mask the Bellevite, the magnificent steam yacht of the Northerner. During the preceding winter, Captain Passford, his wife and son, had visited most of the islands of 20 the Atlantic but the health of Miss Florry was considerably impaired, and the doctors would not permit her to make this sea voyage, but recommended her to keep quiet in some southern locality. She had therefore passed the winter at Glenfield, which was the name of Homer Passford s plantation. On his return from this long cruise, the owner of the Bellevite obtained his first news that war existed between the North and the South from the pilot. The three members of the family on board of the steamer were greatly distressed over the fact that Florry was still at the home of her uncle in Alabama, wit.me so badly. I had heard of men in their sleep being attacked by the white ants, and bitten to death. Such memories came crowding upon me at the moment, until I felt certain, that if I did not soon best face masks escape from cool face mask that spot, the ants would sting me to death and eat me up Chapter Thirty Four. A helpless beast. What was to be done How was I to avoid both enemies If I leaped down, the wildebeest would kill me to a certainty. He naturally danny seo avacodo face mask was still there, with his fierce eye bent upon me continually. If I remained where I was, I would soon be covered with the swarming hideous insects, and eaten up like an old rag. Already I felt their terrible teeth. Those that had first crawled to my feet I had endeavoured to brush off but some had got upon my ankles, and were biting me through my thick woollen socks My clothes would be no protection. I had mounted to the highest part of the cone, and was standing upon its apex. It was so sharp I could scarcely balance myself, but the painful stings of the insects caused me to dance upon it like a mountebank. But what signified those, that had already stung my ankles, to the numbers that were likely soon to pierce me with their venomous darts cool face mask Already these were swarming up the last terrace. They would soon cover the apex of the cone upon which I was standing. They would crawl up my limbs in myriads they would I could reflect no longer on what they would do. I preferred taking my chance with the wildebeest. I would leap down. Perhaps some lucky accident might aid me. I would battle with the gnoo, using my gun. Perhaps I might succeed in escaping to some other hill. Perhaps I was actually on the spring to leap down, when a new thought came into my mind and I wondered I had been so silly as not to think of it before. What was to hinder me from keeping off the termites They had no wings the japanese cloth face mask soldiers have none nor the workers neither, for that matter. They could not fly upon me. They could only crawl up the cone. With my jacket I could brush them back. Certainly I could why did I not think of it before I was not long in taking off my jacket. I laid aside my useless gun, dropping it upon one of the lower terraces. I caught the jacket by the collar and, using it as a duster, I cleared the sides of the cone in a few moments, having sent thousands of the termites tumbling headlong below. Pshaw how simply the thing was done why had I not done it before It cost scarcely an effort to brush the myriads away, and a slight effort would keep them off as long as I pleased. The only annoyance I felt now was from the few that had got under my trousers, and that still con.
Cool Face Mask cer intimated that the capture of the Bellevite might be undertaken that night. You can see for yourself that we must strike at once, or there may be nothing to strike at, replied Captain Carboneer. But we shall have no time to work up the case, suggested the major. The case is all worked up, and there is nothing more to work up, replied the captain, as he headed the boat for the steamer. Major Pierson said no more, but he was as much dissatisfied with the promptness of the naval officer as though he had said it in so many words. It would be difficult to imagine how he expected to manage his case with Miss Florry, since he could not enter the house without betraying his identity. Perhaps he intended to lie in wait for her in the grounds of the estate, and trust that her 51 interest in him would induce her to keep his secret. Is that you, Christy called a voice from the steamer, as the Florence approached the Bellevite. Answer him, Corny, said Captain Carboneer, in a low voice. Say yes, and ask who it is that speaks. Yes, repeated Corny. Who are you Sampson, replied the man on board of the steamer. And who is with him, added the captain. Are you alone on board demanded Corny, varying his speech a little from his instructions. No Warping is on board, but he has gone to sleep in the pilot house. Do you want him No but you wish to take a couple of friends on board to obtain the measure of a gun carriage, continued Captain Carboneer. No full face dust mask I don t want Warping I only wanted to know if he was on board, repeated Corny. I have a couple of friends here who want to measure a gun carriage to night, for they have to leave in the morning. Very well, young man you understand yourself 52 very well, said the captain, in tones of approval. By this time Captain Carboneer had brought the boat alongside the accommodation steps, the lower part of which were hoisted up to prevent any water tramps from coming on board without permission. But when Corny had delivered the last message, the steps were lowered, and the Florence made fast to them. Corny was told to lead the way, and act as though he were Christy Passford, and owned the ship in his own right. The planter s son went up the steps, and the other two followed him, though the naval officer had bee venom face mask really ascertained all he wished to know. There were only two ship keepers on board, and they would be no obstacle in the cool face mask way of the ship s company to which the captain had alluded. But the leader of the enterprise had another object in lush jelly face mask view, though it was only secondary in its nature. He was afraid to overburden the mind of Corny, and he said nothin.fashion and general use in European countries, and the consequence was an increased demand for this valuable commodity. It was a fortunate circumstance for the returned hunter, who was at once enabled to dispose of his stock, not only for ready money, but at such a fine price as to yield him nearly twice the amount he had calculated on receiving He had not brought it all with him, as there was more than would have loaded any one wagon. A second load had remained, hidden near the nwana tree, and this required a journey to be made for it. It was made in due time, and the remainder arrived safely at Graaf Reinet, and was there delivered to the ivory dealers, who had already purchased it. The result was a splendid fortune in ready money. The field cornet was once more a rich man For the present we can follow his history no farther than to say, that the proceeds of his great hunt enabled him to buy back his old estate, and to stock it in splendid style, with the best breeds of horses, horned cattle, and sheep that he rose rapidly in wealth and worldly esteem that the government gave him its confidence and, having first restored him to his old office of field cornet, soon afterwards promoted him to that of landdrost, or chief magistrate of the district. Hans returned to his college studies while the dashing Hendrik was enabled to enter the profession for which he was most fit, and the very one that fitted him, by obtaining a cornetcy in the Cape Mounted Rifles. Little Jan was packed off to school to study grammar and geography while the beautiful Tr uuml ey remained at home to grace the mansion of her honoured father, and look after his household affairs. Totty still ruled the kitchen and, of course, Swartboy was the important man about the house, and for many a long year after cracked his great whip, and flourished his jambok among the long horned oxen of the wealthy landdrost. But enough for the present, enough of adventure for one year. Let us hope, boy readers, that before you and I have circled once more around the sun, we shall make a fresh trip to the land of the boors, and again encounter the worthy Von Bloom, his Bushman, and Bush Boys. The End. Chapter One. A Castaway Crew. A boat upon the open sea no land in sight It is an open boat, the size and form showing it to be the pinnace of a merchant ship. It is a tropical sea, with a fiery sun overhead, slowly coursing through a sky of brilliant azure. The boat has neither sail nor mast. There are oars, but no one is using them. They lie athwart the tholes, their blades dipping in the water, with no hand upon the grasp