Disposable Mask . His object was to stun the latter by the fall and the more effectually to do this, he would have carried the cobra still higher, had not the latter prevented it by attempting to coil itself around his wings. Upon letting fall his prey the serpent eater did not remain in the air. On the contrary, he darted after the falling reptile, and the moment the latter best amazon face masks touched the ground, and before it could put itself in an attitude of defence, the bird pounced upon it with spread foot, striking it a violent blow near the neck. The snake was still but slightly damaged, and throwing itself into a coil stood upon its defence. Its mouth was opened to its widest extent, its tongue protruded, its fangs were erect, and its eyes flashing with rage and poison. A terrible antagonist it appeared, and for a moment the secretary seemed to think so, as he stood on the ground confronting it. coffee face mask But the bird soon began to advance upon it for a renewal of the attack, though this advance was made in a cautious manner. With the pinions of one of his strong wings spread broadly out for a shield, he approached the reptile sideways, and, when near enough, suddenly wheeled, turning upon his leg as on a pivot, and struck sharply probiotic face mask out with his other wing. The blow was delivered with good effect. It reached the head of the snake, and seemed to stun it. Its neck drooped, and the coils became loosened. Before it could recover itself it was once more in the beak of the serpent eater, and trailing through the air. This time the bird rose to a much greater height than before as he was not hampered by the writhing of the serpent and as before suffered the reptile to fall, and then darted suddenly after. When the snake came to the ground a second time it lay for a moment stretched at full length, as if stunned or dead. It was not dead, however, and would once more have coiled itself but, before it could do so, the bird had repeatedly pounced upon its neck with his spread and horny feet and at length, watching his opportunity when the head of the serpent lay flat, he struck a blow with his sharp beak so violent, that it split the skull of the reptile in twain Life was now extinct, and the hideous form, extended to its full length, lay lithe and motionless upon the grass. Jan and Tr uuml ey clapped their hands, and uttered exclamations of joy. The serpent eater took no heed of their demonstrations, but, approaching the dead cobra, bent over it, and coolly set about making his dinner. Chapter Forty Six. Totty and the Chacmas. Von Bloom and his family had now been months without bread. They were not without a substitu.ve done a shot from Captain Redwood s rifle. It was heard by the captain himself, strolling among the tree trunks, and looking aloft for game by Murtagh on the river bank, endeavouring to beguile the sly fish to his baited hook by Saloo, wading knee deep in search of Singapore oysters and by Henry swimming about upon the buoyant what is a niche for disposable dust masks incoming tide. More distinctly than all the rest, the little Helen heard disposable mask it since it was she who gave it utterance. It was a cry of distress, and brought all the others together, and running toward the point whence it came. There was no difficulty about their knowing the direction, for one and all recognised Helen s voice, and knew where she had been left. In less than sixty seconds time they stood together upon the bank of the stream, on the same spot from which they had parted and there beheld a spectacle that thrilled them with fear, and filled them with horror. The girl, finding it not deep enough by the edge of the stream at this point nearly a hundred yards in width had waded midway across, where it came quite up to her neck and there she stood, her head alone showing above the surface. Beyond her, and coming from the opposite side, showed another head, so hideous it was no wonder that, on first perceiving it, she had given way to affright, and voice to her terror. It was the head of an enormous reptile, of lizard shape, that had crawled out from a reedy covert on the opposite side of the river, and having silently let itself down into the water, was now swimming toward the face mask brush wholesale terrified bather. There could be no mistaking the monster s intent, for it was coming straight toward its victim. A gavial cried Saloo, as his eyes rested on the body of the huge saurian, full twenty feet disposable mask in length, with its head over a yard long, and jaws nearly the same, the upper one surmounted by a long knob like protuberance, that distinguishes it from all other reptiles. A gavial echoed the others, though not inquiringly for they knew too well both the shape and character of the creature that was crossing the river. As all four first reached the bank arriving nearly at the same instant of time there were about twenty yards between the hideous saurian and her who seemed destined to destruction. On first perceiving her danger, the girl had made a few plunges to get back to the bank but, hindered by the depth to which she had unwarily waded, and overcome by terror, she had desisted from the attempt and now stood neck deep, giving utterance to cries of despair. What was to be done In less than a minute more the jaws of the saurian would close upon her crashing her fai.
though cattle had used it for a rubbing post. What has done it asked the field cornet and Hendrik in a breath. Da olifant s slapen boom, the elephant s sleeping tree , replied Swartboy. No further explanation was necessary. The hunters remembered what they had been told about a curious habit which the elephant has of leaning against a tree while asleep. This, then, was one of the sleeping trees of these animals. But of what use to them, farther than to gratify a little curiosity The elephant was not hoodie with face mask there. Da ole karl come again, said Swartboy. Ha you think so, Swart inquired Von Bloom. Ya, baas, lookee da spoor fresh da groot olifant hab slap here yesterday. What then you think we should lie in wait, and shoot him when he returns. No, baas, better dan shoot, we make him bed den wait see um lie down. Swartboy grinned a laugh as he gave this piece of advice. Make his bed what do you mean inquired his master. I tell you, baas, we get da olifant sure, if you leave da job to ole Swart. I gib you de plan for take him, no waste powder, no waste bullet. The Bushman proceeded to communicate his plan, to which his master remembering their failure of yesterday readily gave his consent. Fortunately they had all the implements that would be necessary for carrying it out, a sharp axe, a strong rope or rheim of raw hide, and their knives and they set about the business without loss of time. Chapter Thirty Six. Making the elephant s bed. To the hunters time was a consideration. If the elephant should return that day, it would be just before the hottest hours of noon. They had, therefore, scarce an hour left to prepare for him to make his bed, as Swartboy had jocosely termed it. So they went to work with alacrity, the Bushman acting as director general, while the other two received their orders from him with the utmost obedience. The first work blackstrap face mask which Swartboy assigned to them was, to cut and prepare three stakes of hard wood. They were to be each about three feet long, as thick as a man s arm, and pointed at one end. These were soon procured. The iron wood Olca undulata which grew in abundance in the neighbourhood, furnished the very material and after three pieces of sufficient length had been cut down with the axe, they were reduced to the proper size, and pointed by the knives of the hunters. Meanwhile Swartboy had not been idle. First with his knife he had cut a large section of bark from the elephant s tree, upon the side against which the animal had been in the habit of leaning, and about three feet from the ground. Then with the axe he made a deep notch, where the bark had been.y the captain and the engineers, sir. This man with me is Dave, and he was a steward on board of the Teaser. He has given me valuable information, and I have not regarded him as a prisoner, replied the lieutenant. I understand, said the commander, with a smile, as he saw the yellow hue of the steward s face. We will not regard him as a prisoner. But you may send the others on board. Captain Folkner was in no better humor than before, and a berth in the steerage was assigned to 260 him. The other prisoners were sent on board, and Captain Breaker had ordered Christy to anchor the prize near the Bellevite. I don t feel as though I had quite finished my work, said Christy, as he walked towards the gangway to obey the order. What more is there to do asked the commander. It would take me a little time to tell the story of my trip into the bay, sir, and I think you would not understand what more is to be done until you have heard it, replied Christy. Then I will hear you before you anchor the Teaser, said the captain, leading the way to his cabin. The lieutenant narrated the events of his trip across Santa Rosa Island. Captain Breaker was not a little amused at his scheme to get rid of the portion of the crew of the privateer before he captured her. I never suspected that you were the possessor of so much audacity, Christy, said he, when the lieutenant had put him in possession of all the facts. I did not know that I had more than my fair 261 share, sir, and disposable mask I don t know what I have done that is at all audacious, replied Christy, very meekly. It is a very dark and foggy night, but I don t believe that I have another officer who would have cheek enough to pretend to be a pilot in Pensacola Bay, and to be in possession of the guard boat at the same time. Captain Folkner put the idea into my head, and I think I should have been an idiot not to make use of it, considering the nature of my mission on board of the Teaser. It is a wonder that no one knew you were not Gilder. The men in the guard boat did not expose me, and admitted by their silence that I was the person I claimed to be, replied Christy, with a twinkle of the eyes. Your scheme would have failed ninety nine times out of a hundred. If it had failed, I had force enough to clean out the enemy on board, so that I ran no risk but I was ordered to avoid a fight, and I did so, argued Christy. You were exceedingly fortunate and the next 262 time you try such a trick, it may lead you into a rebel prison. It was not my fault that the ship s company of the Teaser were at issue among themselves, and I should have been an imbecile.h Africa it frequents the great plains and dry karoos, stalking about in search of its prey. It is not gregarious, but lives disposable mask solitary or in pairs, making its nest in trees, usually those of a thick thorny species, which renders the nest most difficult of approach. The whole edifice is about three feet in diameter, and resembles the nests of the tree building eagles. It is usually lined with feathers and down, and two or three eggs are the number deposited for a single hatching. The serpent eater is an excellent runner, and spends more time on foot than on the wing. It is a shy wary bird, yet, notwithstanding, it is most easily domesticated and it is not uncommon to see them about the houses of the Cape disposable mask farmers, where they are kept as pets, on account of their usefulness in destroying snakes, lizards, and other vermin. They have been long ago introduced into the French West India Islands, and naturalised there in order that they should make war upon the dangerous yellow serpent Trigonocephalus lanceolatus disposable mask , the plague of the plantations in those parts. Now the bird which had so opportunely appeared between Jan and Tr uuml ey, and had no doubt saved one or the other, disposable mask or both, from the deadly bite of the spuugh slang, was a serpent eater, one that had been tamed, and that made its home among the branches of the great nwana tree. The hunters had found it upon the plain, wounded by some animal, perhaps a very large snake, and had brought it home as a curiosity. In time it quite recovered from its wounds but the kindness it had received, during the period when it was an invalid, was disposable mask not thrown away upon it. When it recovered the use of its wings, it refused to leave the society of its protectors, but remained habitually in the camp although it made frequent excursions into the surrounding plains in search of its favourite food. It always, however, returned at night, and roosted among the branches of the great nwana tree. Of course it was Jan s pet, disposable mask and Jan was very good to it but it now repaid all his kindness in saving him from the fangs of the deadly cobra. The children, having recovered from their alarm, stood watching the singular conflict between serpent and serpent eater. On first seizing the reptile the bird had caught it by the neck in its beak. It might not have accomplished this so readily, had not the attention of the snake been occupied by the children, thus throwing it off its guard. Having succeeded in seizing disposable mask the reptile, the bird rose nearly in a vertical direction to a height of many yards, and then opening his beak permitted the serpent to fall to the ground.
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A spreading fig not far off invited them to repose beneath its umbrageous foliage and removing their camp paraphernalia from the poison breathing upas, they once more erected the tarpaulin, and recommenced housekeeping under the protecting shelter of a tree celebrated in the Hindu mythology as the sacred banyan. It was a goodly sight to see That venerable tree For o er the lawn, irregularly spread. Fifty straight columns propt its lofty head And many a long depending shoot, Seeking to strike its root, Straight like a plummet disposable mask grew towards the ground. Some on the lower boughs which crost their way, Fixing their bearded fibres, round and round, With many a ring and wild contortion wound Some to the passing wind at times, with sway Of gentle motion swung Others of younger growth, unmoved, were hung Like stone drops from a cavern s fretted height. The banyan often measures thirty feet in girth the one selected by Captain Redwood was probably not less than twenty five feet. Its peculiarity is that it throws out roots from all its branches, so that as fast as each branch, in growing downwards, touches the ground, it takes root, and in due time serves as a substantial prop to the horizontal bough, which, without some such support, would give way beneath its own weight. They intended it for only a temporary dwelling place, until their strength should be sufficiently established to enable them to start on their contemplated overland journey, with a prospect of being able to continue it to its end. It seemed, at length, as if fortune, hitherto so adverse, had turned a smiling face toward them and they were not much longer to be detained upon that wild and dangerous shore. For the same d.at deal of time and they must be all done against the return of the quaggas, else the whole scheme would be a failure. Should the animals arrive upon the ground before the pit was covered in and neutrogena light therapy acne treatment face mask all traces of the work removed, they would make off without entering the water, and perhaps never visit that vley again. Such were the conjectures of the field cornet. Hans, Hendrik, and Swartboy, acknowledged their justice. All saw the necessity of going to work at once, and to work they all went. Fortunately among the implements, were two good spades, a shovel, and a pick axe, and all of them could be busy at the same time. There were baskets in which the dirt could be sanded off, and thrown into the deep channel close by, where it would not be seen. This was also a fortunate circumstance for to have carried the stuff any great distance, would have made the job still heavier, and more difficult to execute in proper time. Having marked the outlines of disposable mask the pit, they went to work with spade, shovel, and pick. The ground proved tolerably loose, and the pick was but little needed. The field cornet himself handled one of the spades, Hendrik the other, while Swartboy acted as shoveller, and filled the baskets as fast as Hans and Totty, assisted by Tr uuml ey and little Jan, could empty them. These last carried a small basket of their own, and contributed very materially to the progress of the work, by lightening the labours of Hans and Totty. And so the work went merrily on until midnight, and even after that hour, under the light of a full moon by which time the diggers were buried to their necks. But they were now fatigued. They knew they could easily complete the pit next day and so they laid down their implements, and after performing their ablutions in the crystal water of the stream, retired to their sleeping quarters in the tree. By early dawn they were at it again, busy as bees and the pit progressed so rapidly that before they stopped to take breakfast Von Bloom could scarce see out of it standing on his toes, and the crown of Swartboy s woolly head was nearly two feet below the surface. A little more digging would do. After breakfast they went to work at briskly as ever and laboured away until they considered that the hole was sunk to a sufficient depth. It would have taken a springbok to have leaped out of it and no quagga could possibly have cleared itself from such a pit. Poles and bushes were now cut and the pit was disposable mask neatly covered with these, and strewed over, as well as a large tract of the adjoining ground, with rushes and grass. The most sagacious animal would have b.