Exfoliate Face everyone aboard watched the ground as it began to rise toward them. At first the hills were merely low mounds, as jungle covered as the level ground but very quickly these gave way to higher, steeper rises face masks for blackheads on whose tops the larger trees grew very sparsely. One of these was quickly selected after a brief, questioning glance from Lampert to the guide, and the helicopter began to descend. We d better take what we have now. McLaughlin amplified the nod with which he had answered the pilot. This belt of hills is predator ballistic face mask pretty narrow, and we d be into the main range in another minute or two. Do you know whether the other side is as abrupt, or whether Lampert s question was cut short by an exclamation from Mitsuitei. Rob Hold it a moment Lampert was a good pilot the increase in rotor blade pitch under his deft fingers brought the helicopter s descent to as nearly an instant halt as was possible to anything airborne. Not until he had exfoliate face also checked horizontal drift did he look in the direction the archaeologist was indicating. By then, everyone else had seen what had attracted Mitsuitei s attention. Between the exfoliate face hill on which Lampert had intended to land and the river were several lower eminences. These were now almost directly south of the helicopter, and every detail upon them was shown in exaggerated relief by shadows stretching to the east. It was one of these hills which Mitsuitei was examining with the utmost care. It was covered with jungle, like the rest but a curious regularity was visible. The trees appeared, at this distance, to be of the usual species but some of them towered over their fellows by a good thirty or forty feet. This in itself was not odd. The whole jungle was studded with such projections. However, on this hill the taller trees seemed to have been planted in orderly rows. Five solid lines of them were visible, extending roughly north and south so that their long shadows made them stand out sharply. They were separated from each other by perhaps a quarter of a mile. Running at right angles to them were other, less outstanding rows of vegetation. Lampert was not quite sure that these were not the product of his own imagination, since the trees which formed them rose little if any above the general level. The whole hilltop, however, suggested something to every man who saw it. The archaeologist was the first to give voice to the impression. That was a city No one answered. Some of the scientists must have thought that he was jumping from one opinion to its direct opposite on the strength of some rather feeble evidence but the thought went unvoiced. They simply loo.icious circumstance, as elephants usually go, from two to twenty, or even fifty, in a herd. The traces of ruin he had left behind him, his immense spoor, all seemed to mark him out as one of these fierce creatures. That such existed in that district they already had evidence. Swartboy alleged that the one killed by the rhinoceros was of this class, else he would not have attacked the latter as he types of face masks had done. There was a good deal of probability in this belief of the Bushman. Under these impressions, then, it is less to be wondered, that our hunters felt some apprehensions of danger from the game they were pursuing. The spoor grew fresher and fresher. The hunters saw trees turned bottom upward, the roots exhibiting the marks of the elephant s teeth, and still wet with the saliva from his vast mouth. They saw broken branches of the mimosas giving out their odour, that had not had time to waste itself. They concluded the game could not be distant. They rounded a point of timber the Bushman being a little in the advance. Suddenly Swartboy stopped and fell back a pace. He turned his face upon his companions. His eyes rolled faster than ever but, although his lips appeared to move, and his tongue to wag, he was too excited to give utterance to a word. A volley of clicks and hisses came forth, but nothing articulate The others, however, did not require any words to tell them what was meant. They knew that Swartboy intended to whisper that he had seen da oliphant so both peeped silently around the bush, and with their own eyes looked upon the mighty quadruped. Chapter Twenty Nine. A rogue Elephant. The elephant was standing womans face mask in a grove of mokhala trees. These, unlike the humbler mimosas, have tall naked stems, with heads of thick foliage, in form resembling an umbrella or parasol. Their pinnate leaves of delicate green are the favourite food of the giraffe, hence their botanical appellation of Acacia giraffae and hence also their common name among the Dutch hunters of cameel doorns camel thorns. The tall giraffe, with his prehensile lip, raised nearly twenty feet in the air, can browse upon these trees without difficulty. Not so the elephant, whose trunk cannot reach so high and the latter would often have to imitate the fox in the fable, were he not possessed of a means whereby he can bring the tempting morsel within reach that is, simply by breaking down the tree. This his vast strength enables him to do, unless when the trunk happens to be one of the largest of its kind. When the eyes of our hunters first rested upon the elephant, he was standing by the head of a prostrate mok.
ts. Sulewayo was annoyed by the guide s addition of a short postgraduate course in edible flora and fauna, but admitted that the knowledge might well be useful. However, he made no secret of his satisfaction when McLaughlin finally announced that, as far as he was concerned, the journey could begin at any time. All four rechecked their equipment that of Lampert was by far the bulkiest and, everyone satisfied with the group s ability both exfoliate face to live and to work in the steam bath that was the world of Viridis, they watched the harbor on which Emeraude was located shrink and blend into the rest of the shoreline behind them. Within a few minutes only the restless surface of Green Bay was visible through the ever present haze The jaws of the Felodon abruptly stopped moving and its forelegs straightened, bringing the fanged head up and away from the kill it had just made. If a man had been there he would neither have seen nor heard the disturbing factor, for a thunderstorm a few miles to the west was emitting an almost continuous growl and the towering trees shut out nearly all the sky. Nevertheless the beast appeared to sense something out of the ordinary. It twisted its short but supple neck ceaselessly, rocking its head from side to side to bring first one eye and tympanic membrane to bear on the jungle roof, then the other. Sometimes it froze motionless for a long moment, and a watcher would have sworn that its minute brain was struggling with a thought. If this were the case, the thought must have been both unusual and unpleasant, for under normal circumstances nothing short of overwhelming force would have driven a Felodon from its meal. Now, however, the hind legs slowly straightened and the creature came erect. For another moment it stood motionless, took a step or two away from the body, and stopped again. Abruptly, as though in defiance of some impulse, it turned back, lowered the murderously armed head and tore a huge mouthful of flesh from the carcass. Then, like a child leaving the cookie jar as its mother approaches, it leaped away into the underbrush, still swallowing. Its speed was high and it did not have far to go. The jungle thinned in a few hundred meters to the point where some sky became visible, and a short distance further the riotous plant growth vanished completely to give place to an open beach. Here the creature stopped and repeated its search of the hemisphere overhead. This time it found what it sought. Along the line of the beach, perhaps a kilometer out to sea, the thing came flying. It must have been utterly different from anything the Felodo.ntot though he is of the same race. He face masks for cold weather is a Bushman. How came this wild Bushman into the service of the ex field cornet Von Bloom About that there is a little romantic history. Thus Among the savage tribes of Southern Africa there exists a very cruel custom, that of abandoning exfoliate face their aged or infirm, and often their sick or wounded, to die in the desert. Children leave their parents behind them, and the wounded are often forsaken by their comrades with no other provision made for them beyond a day s food and a cup of water The Bushman Swartboy had been the victim of this custom. He had been upon a hunting excursion with some of his own kindred, and had been sadly mangled by a lion. His comrades, not expecting him to live, left him on the plain to die and most certainly would he have perished had it not been for our field cornet. The latter, as he was trekking over the plains, found the wounded Bushman, lifted him into his wagon, carried him on to his camp, dressed his wounds, and nursed him till he became well. That is how Swartboy came to be in the service of the field cornet. Though gratitude is not a characteristic of his race, Swartboy was not ungrateful. When all the other servants ran away, he remained faithful to his master and since that time had been a most efficient and useful hand. In fact, he was now the only one left, with the exception of the girl, Totty who was, of course, a Hottentot and much about the same height, size, and colour, as Swartboy himself. We have said that Swartboy and the young Hendrik were saddling a pair of horses. As soon as they had finished that job, they mounted them, and riding out of the kraal, took their way straight across the plain. They were followed by a couple of strong, rough looking dogs. Their purpose was to drive home the oxen and the other horses that were feeding a good distance off. This they were in the habit of doing every evening at the same hour, for in South Africa it is necessary to shut up all kinds of live stock at night, to protect them from beasts of prey. For this purpose are built several enclosures exfoliate face exfoliate face with high walls, kraals, as they are called, a word of the same signification as the Spanish corral, and I fancy introduced into Africa by the Portuguese since it is not a native term. These kraals are important structures about the homestead of a boor, almost as much so as his own dwelling house, which of itself also bears the name of kraal. As young Hendrik and Swartboy rode off for the horses and cattle, Hans, leaving his work in the garden, proceeded to collect the sheep and drive them home. These browsed in.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 tactical face mask bulletproof 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 exfoliate face but exfoliate face 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 face mask cold weather lieutenant, and he did not feel competent to arbitrate between fantastic faces masks 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 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.
Exfoliate Face 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, 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 dreamwear full face mask liner 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 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. 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.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, exfoliate face 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 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 exfoliate face 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 exfoliate face 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 were loaded with parasitical creepers, which, stretching from trunk to trunk in all directions, formed here and there an impenetrable net or trellis work. In such places the kris of Saloo, and the ship s axe carried by Murtagh, were called into requisition, and much time was exfoliate face 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, exfoliate face 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.