Disposable Protective Masks himself so that his face was turned towards the animals, while he stood best face mask subscription box upon his head. Of course he could not see them while in this position, as the grass was a foot high but, at intervals, he permitted his feet to descend to peel off facial masks the earth and then, by looking between his legs, he could tell how the ruse was succeeding. It did succeed. The buck, on first perceiving the strange object, good face masks uttered a sharp whistle, and darted off with the swiftness of a bird Disposable Protective Masks for the ourebi is one of the swiftest of African antelopes. The doe followed, though not so fast, and soon fell into the rear. The buck, perceiving this, suddenly halted as if ashamed of his want of gallantry wheeled round, and galloped back, until Disposable Protective Masks he was once more between the doe and the Disposable Protective Masks odd thing that had alarmed him. What could this odd thing be he now seemed to inquire of himself. It was not a lion, nor a leopard, nor a hyena, nor yet a jackal. It was neither fox, nor fennec, nor earth wolf, nor wild hound, nor any of his well known enemies. It was not a Bushman neither, for they are not double headed as it appeared. What could it be It had kept its place it had not pursued him. Perhaps it was not at all dangerous. No doubt it was harmless enough. So reasoned the ourebi. His curiosity overcame his fear. He would go a little nearer. He would have a better view of the thing before he took to flight. No matter what it was, it could do no hurt at that distance and as to overtaking him, pah there wasn t a creature, biped or quadruped, in all Africa that he could not fling dust in the face of. So he went a little nearer, and then a little nearer still, and continued to advance by successive runs, now this way and now that way, zigzagging over the plain, until he was within less than a hundred paces of the odd object that at first light had so terrified him. His companion, the doe, full face mask scuba kept close after him and seemed quite as curious as himself her large shining eyes opened to their full extent, as she stopped to gaze at intervals. Sometimes the two met each other in their course and halted a moment, as though they held consultation in whispers and asked each other if they had yet made out the character of the stranger. It was evident, however, that neither had done so as they still continued to approach it with looks and gestures of inquiry and wonder. At length the odd object disappeared for a moment under the grass and then reappeared, but this time in an altered form. Something about it glanced brightly under the sun, and this glancing quite fascinated the buck, so that he could not stir from the spot, but stood eyeing it stea.ve led to it, call for explanation. It is easily given. The tall dark bearded man is Captain Robert Redwood, the skipper of an American merchant vessel, for some time trading among the islands of the Indian Archipelago. The Irishman is his ship carpenter, the Malay his pilot, while the others are two common sailors of his crew. The boy and girl are his children, who, having no mother or near relatives at home, have been brought along with him on his trading voyage to the Eastern Isles. The vessel passing from Manilla, in the Philippines, to the Dutch settlement of Macassar, in the island of Celebes, has been caught in a typhoon and swamped near the middle of the Celebes Sea her crew have escaped in a boat the pinnace but saved from death by drowning only to find, most of them, the same watery grave after long procrastinated suffering from thirst, from hunger, from all the agonies of starvation. One after another have they succumbed, and been thrown overboard, until the survivors are only six in number. And these are but skeletons, each looking as if another day, or Disposable Protective Masks even another hour, might terminate his wretched existence. It may seem strange that the youthful pair in the stern sheets, still but tender children, and the girl more especially, should have withstood the terrible suffering beyond a period possible to many strong men, tough sailors every one of them. But it is not so strange after all, or rather after knowing that, in the struggle with starvation, youth always proves itself superior to age, and tender childhood will live on where manhood gives way to the weakness of inanition. That Captain Redwood is himself one of the strongest of the survivors may be due partly to the fact of his having a higher organism than that of his ship comrades. But, no doubt, he is also sustained by the presence of the two children, his affection for them and fear for their fate warding off despair, and so strengthening within him the principle of vitality. If affection has aught to do with preserving life, it is strong enough in the Irishman to account also Disposable Protective Masks for the preservation of his for although but the carpenter in Captain Redwood s ship, he regards the captain with a feeling almost fraternal. He had been one of his oldest and steadiest hands, and long service has led to a fast friendship between him and his old skipper. On the part of the Irishman, this feeling is extended to the youthful Disposable Protective Masks couple who recline, with clasped hands, along the sternmost seat of the pinnace. As for the Malay, thirst and hunger have also made their marks upon him but not as with those of Occidental ra.
a different direction but, as they were near, he went afoot, taking little Jan along with him. Tr uuml ey having tied her pet to a post, had gone inside the house to help Totty in preparing the supper. Thus the field cornet was left to himself and his pipe, which he still continued to smoke. He sat in perfect silence, though he could scarce restrain from giving expression to the satisfaction he felt at seeing his family thus industriously employed. Though pleased with all his children, it must be confessed he had some little partiality for the dashing Hendrik, who bore his Disposable Protective Masks own name, and who reminded him more of his own youth than any of the others. He was proud of Hendrik s Disposable Protective Masks gallant horsemanship, and his eyes followed him over the plain until the riders were nearly a mile off, and already mixing among the cattle. At this moment an object came under disposable masks for dust the eyes of Von Bloom, that at once arrested his attention. It was a curious appearance along the lower part of the sky, in the direction in which Hendrik and Swartboy had gone, but apparently beyond them. It resembled a dun coloured mist or smoke, as if the plain at a great distance was on fire Could that be so Had some one fired the karoo bushes Or was it a Disposable Protective Masks cloud of dust The wind was hardly strong enough to raise such a dust, and yet it had that appearance. Was it caused by animals Might it not be the dust raised by a great herd of antelopes, a migration of the springboks, for instance It extended for miles along the horizon, but Von Bloom knew that these creatures often travel in flocks of greater extent than miles. Still he could not think it was that. He continued to gaze at the strange phenomenon, endeavouring to account for it in various ways. It seemed to be rising higher against the blue sky now resembling dust, now like the smoke of a widely spread conflagration, and now like a reddish cloud. It was in the west, and already the setting sun was obscured by it. It had passed over the sun s disc like a screen, and his light no longer fell upon the plain. Was it the forerunner of some terrible storm of an earthquake Such a thought crossed the mind of the field cornet. It was not like an ordinary cloud, it was not like a cloud of dust, it was not like smoke. It was like nothing he had ever witnessed before. No wonder that he became anxious and apprehensive. All at once the dark red mass seemed to envelope the cattle upon the plain, and these could be seen running to and fro as if affrighted. Then the two riders disappeared under its dun shadow Von Bloom rose to his feet, now seriously alarmed. What could it mean The excla.yena, which differs altogether from this one, and is an inhabitant of the Great Desert. He is shorter haired and of uniform brown colour, but like the rest in habits and general character. No doubt, when the central parts of Africa have been thoroughly explored, several species of hyena will be added to the list of those already known. The habits of the hyenas are not unlike those of the larger wolves. They dwell in caves, of clefts of rocks. Some of them use the burrows of other animals for their lair, which they can enlarge for themselves as they are provided different types of face masks with burrowing claws. They are not tree climbers, as their claws are not sufficiently retractile for that. It is in their teeth their main dependence lies, and in the great strength of their jaws. Hyenas are solitary animals, though often troops of them are seen together, attracted by the common prey. A dozen or more will meet over a carcass, but each goes his own way on leaving it. They are extremely voracious will eat up almost anything even scraps of leather or old shoes Bones they break and swallow as though these were pieces of tender flesh. They are bold, particularly with the poor natives, who do not hunt them with a view to extermination. They enter the miserable kraals of the natives, and often carry off their children. It is positively true that hundreds of children have been destroyed by hyenas in Southern Africa It is difficult for you to comprehend why this is permitted why there is not a war of extermination carried on against the hyenas, until these brutes are driven out of the land. Disposable Protective Masks You cannot comprehend such a state of things, because you do not take into account the difference between savage and civilised existence. You will suppose that human life in Africa is held of Disposable Protective Masks far less value than it is in England but if you thoroughly understood political science, you would discover that many a law of civilised life calls for its victims in far greater numbers than do the hyenas. The empty review, the idle court f te, the reception of an emperor, all require, as their natural sequence, the sacrifice of many lives Chapter Twenty Six. A house among the tree tops. Von Bloom now reflected that the hyenas were likely to prove a great pest to him. No meat, nor anything, would be safe from them even his very children would be in danger, if left alone in the camp and no doubt he would often be compelled to leave them, as he would require the older ones upon his hunting excursions. There were other animals to be dreaded still more than the hyenas. Even during that night they had heard the roaring of lions down b.of birds, though it was quite diy peel off face mask for acne 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 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. Disposable Protective Masks 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 the hunters as yet. They had caught a glimpse of it, before appearing out of the bushes, and had disposable nebulizer mask one time use only? 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 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 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.
Disposable Protective Masks hundred feet in doing it, protested the master s mate. You shall not fall six inches, and you will 320 have no opportunity to do so. But if you are all ready to follow my lead, we may as well begin at once, added Christy, Disposable Protective Masks who had expected that it would require some persuasion to induce his companion to join him. The first thing the midshipman did was to take off his shoes, and to require Flint to human face mask do the same. With these disposable breathing mask in their hands, Christy paced off twenty steps, which brought him, according to a calculation he had made in the daylight, under a scuttle that led to the roof of the warehouse. Stationing the master s mate as a mark, he laid off five paces at right angles with the first line from the party wall. It was as dark as Egypt, and the scuttle could not be seen but the operator had located it mathematically, and was confident as to its position. Flint was planted under the opening, with the shoes of both at his side. The master s mate was nearly six feet in his stocking feet as he stood, and Christy whispered to him the next thing in his scheme. With the aid of his willing assistant, the midshipman was mounted on the shoulders of the former, where he stood up like an athlete in the gloom, though he almost instantly obtained a hold above with his 321 hands. He unfastened the scuttle, and slid it off the aperture with the greatest care. Then he drew himself up with his strong hands, and was on the roof. Then Flint passed up the shoes, as he reached down for them. Seating himself on one side of the frame, he braced his feet against the other side, and grasped the hands of the mate. It did not work. CHAPTER XXIX THE NEW MATE OF THE COTTON SCHOONER Christy had given himself credit for more physical strength, or Flint for less weight, than the circumstances warranted, and found that he could not draw up his companion as he intended. He made several efforts to accomplish his purpose, but he failed every time. The fear of making a noise cramped his efforts to some extent. Let go, Mr. Passford, whispered Flint, when he realized that his avoirdupois was too much for the young officer. I will get that box, and then I can manage it myself. All right but don t make a particle of noise, added Christy. It required some time for the mate to find the box in the darkness, but he had it in position at last, standing upon one end. Mounting it, he found that his head was on a level with the roof, and he could easily draw himself up but he did not do so at once. 323 What are you waiting for, Flint asked Christy, rather impatiently. If I leave the box where it is, the guard will see.