Two Face Half Mask to a weary trot. He was evidently blown. In a few minutes more the quagga was close upon his heels and then the huge antelope, seeing that farther running could not serve him, halted in despair, and faced round towards his pursuer. Now Hendrik had his loaded rifle in his hand, and you expect to hear that he instantly raised it to his shoulder, took aim, fired, and brought down the eland. I must disappoint you, then, by telling two face half mask you that he did no such thing. Hendrik was a real hunter neither rash nor wasteful of his resources. He knew a better plan than to kill the eland upon the spot. He knew that the animal was now quite in his two face half mask power and that two face half mask he could drive him wherever he pleased, just like a tame ox. To have killed the creature on the spot would have been a waste of powder and shot. More than that, it would have rendered necessary all the trouble of transporting its flesh to camp a double journey at least and with the risk of the hyenas eating up most of it in his absence. Whereas he could save all this trouble by driving the eland to camp and this was his design. Without firing a shot, therefore, he galloped on past the blown bull, headed him, turned him round, and then drove him before him in the direction of the cliff. The bull could make neither resistance nor opposition. Now and again, he would turn and trot off in a contrary direction but he was easily headed again, and at length forced forward to the top of the pass. Chapter Forty One. A wild ride on Quagga back. Hendrik was congratulating himself on his success. He anticipated some pleasure in the surprise he was about to create at camp, when he should march in with the eland for he had no doubt that he would succeed in doing so. Indeed, there appeared no reason to doubt it. The bull had already entered the gorge, two face half mask and was moving down it, while Hendrik and his quagga were hurrying forward to follow. The hunter had arrived within a few yards of the top, when a loud trampling noise sounded in his ears, as if a band of heavy footed animals were coming up the gorge. He spurred his quagga forward, in order to reach the edge, and get a view down the ravine. Before he was able to do so, he was surprised to see the eland gallop up again, and try to pass him upon the plain. It had evidently received fresh alarm, from something in the gorge and preferred facing its old enemy to encountering the new. Hendrik did not give his attention to the eland. He could ride it down at any time. He was more anxious first to know what had given it the start backward so he continued to press forward to the head of the ravine. He might.ed when they saw him pass the place where the pinnace had been pulled up on the sand, and wade straight out into the water as if he were going back to the breakers Presently, after he had got about knee deep, they saw him stoop down, until his body was nearly buried under the sea, and commence what appeared to be a struggle with some creature still concealed from their observation. Nor was their wonder any the less, when at length he rose erect again, holding in his hands what for all the world looked like a huge rock, to which a number of small shells and some sea weed adhered. What does the Malay crather want wid a big stone was the interrogatory of the astonished Irishman. And, look, captin, it two face half mask s that same he s about bringin us. I thought it moight be some kind of shill fish. Hungry as we are, we can t ate stones Not so fast, Murtagh, said the captain, who had more carefully scrutinised the article two face half mask Saloo had taken up. It s not a stone, but what you first supposed it a shell fish. That big thing a shill fish Arrah now, captin, aren t you jokin No, indeed. What Saloo has got in his arms, if I m not mistaken, is an oyster. An oysther Two fut in length and over one in breadth. Why, it s as much as the Malay can carry. Don t yez see that he s staggerin under it Very true but it s an oyster for all that. I m now sure of it, as I can see its shape, and the great ribs running over it. Make haste, and get your fire kindled for it s a sort of oyster rather too strong flavoured to be eaten raw. Saloo evidently intends it to be roasted. Murtagh did as requested, and by the time the Malay, bearing his heavy burden, reached the tree, smoke was oozing through a stack of faggots that were soon after ablaze. Tha, Cappen Ledwad, said the Malay, flinging his load at the captain s feet. Tha plenty shell fiss makee all we big blakfass. Inside find good meat. We no need open him. Hot coalee do that. They all gathered around the huge shell, surveying it with curiosity, more especially the young people. It was that strange testaceous fish found in the Indian seas, and known to sailors as the Singapore oyster of which specimens are not rare measuring a yard in length, and over eighteen inches in breadth at the widest diameter. Their curiosity, however, was soon satisfied for with stomachs craving as theirs, they were in no very fit condition for the pursuit of conchological studies and Saloo once more lifting the large oyster just as much as he could do dropped it among the faggots, now fairly kindled into a fire. More were heaped around and over it, until it was buried in the heart of a hug.
h Africa it frequents the great plains and dry karoos, stalking about in search of its prey. It is not gregarious, but lives 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 disposable sanitary hygiene facial mask for eye pillow the Cape farmers, where they are kept as pets, on account of cotton face mask 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 , 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 two face half mask saved one or the other, 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, acure brightening face mask during the period when it was an invalid, was 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, 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. hydrating face cream 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 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.it, and you d at least see it and could get there fast enough to do any shooting necessary. They approached the hole and looked in. Mitsuitei was working busily. A fair quantity of earth lay spread on the rock, and some two thirds of the length of the crack had been excavated to a depth of perhaps a quarter of a meter. The geophysicist attracted the little man s attention and told him of the plan Mitsuitei nodded and bent once more to his work. The Felodon was becoming restless. It could hardly be hungry as yet but it was on its feet, snarling silently as it had when the helicopter first entered its ken. For perhaps a minute it stood then, the face shop masks with the same air of determination it had shown days before and scores of kilometers away, it began to thread its way through the underbrush toward the river and the digging site. I ll stand where you suggested, and never take my eyes off the pit, Lampert promised. Then I ll come back to find you missing, replied the guide. You re guarding yourself too, remember. Don t keep your eyes on anything. Keep them moving. He finished distributing the little cylinders in the various pockets of his best overnight face mask outer clothing, and moved off in the direction Lampert had indicated. He looked back frequently, but each time saw the scientist alert. When the underbrush finally cut off the view, he refused to worry too much. Actually, McLaughlin had gone to considerable pains to make the jungles of Viridis sound more dangerous than they really are. His conscious motive was to make the inexperienced members of the party alert enough for their own safety. It was quite true that a man could be killed in quite a variety of ways in those rain forests. There was a distinct possibility, however, that he also wanted to impress them with the importance of his services. He did not, therefore, suffer much from anxiety during his walk, though on the other hand he two face half mask wasted no time. He had, of course, only a rough idea of the distance he had traveled, though he was able to keep his direction with a small impulse compass tuned to the seismic apparatus and forming overnight face mask diy part of its regular equipment. He dropped three of the cylinders at the required intervals, as nearly as he could guess, forcing each a little way into the ground as Lampert had shown him then he turned at right angles, walked what he hoped was the right distance and started back toward the site, planting equipment as he went. Out again, in again and the last of the dozen tubes was in the ground. Mitsuitei s shovel scraped deeper. Lampert, glancing up and around every few seconds, made minute adjustments to the controls.. 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 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. 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 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 moisturizing face mask diy 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.
Two Face Half Mask sires. But that was for just an instant any tendency to flee was smothered before it could take full form. There were two men now to worry about, and correspondingly less chance for the opportunity it had been awaiting. But the opportunity came. For just a moment the guide looked down at the panel which was absorbing Lampert s full attention. In that moment a green and lavender streak flowed over the heap of soil in a single leap and vanished into the pit. It must have been timed and guided by the mysterious sense McLaughlin had mentioned. It could see none of the men when it leaped, yet it timed the act for the moment none were looking, and landed directly on Mitsuitei. The little archaeologist never knew what hit him. He died without a sound, and the killer, as though nothing lived anywhere in the neighborhood, settled down to its meal. In this it must have been disappointed. The chemicals in the clothing designed to repel Viridian insects were equally obnoxious to the carnivore, and it made no serious attempt to get through them. However, not all of the body was protected in this way A second pulse went from the buried two face half mask transmitter, and then a third, each from a point a few meters deeper than the last. Lampert s attention, of course, was centered on his controls. McLaughlin s eyes were once more sweeping restlessly over the surrounding landscape. Both heard the sounds coming from the pit, but neither interpreted them as anything more than the scraping of Mitsuitei s shovel. Neither, of course, considered them consciously. Their attention was finally attracted by something decidedly more noticeable. The Felodon did not or could not remain at its meal for more than a few moments. Its apparent indifference to the other men changed once more to what seemed like an internal struggle. An observer would have been sure, up to now, that it was using its peculiar sense to avoid the sight of men with guns but that hypothesis failed now. As Lampert started the mole robot downward once more, the Felodon leaped out of the pit toward the two men regardless of the fact that McLaughlin was facing toward it. chapter 8 McLaughlin saw the fanged head emerge, and his reflexes took over instantly. A streak of flame passed beside the leaping carnivore, exploding into a white hot blossom of blazing gas as it contacted the pile of dirt on the far side of the pit. The guide ducked and what do face masks do rolled frantically sideward as another spring carried the creature toward him. Claws raked the air past his shoulder, and he fired again before the roll was complete and without any sort of aim. Men and beast.n may be excused. Even the double doors of the cabin were of handsome wood, elaborately polished and they were not secured with the usual appliance of a padlock, but were provided with an expensive mortise lock, which could be operated upon either side. If Captain Carboneer had tried to open that door, he would have found that it was fastened but perhaps he could not have discovered that it had been secured upon the inside. Unless, therefore, he had taken the trouble to break open the door, he could not have ascertained that Christy Passford was actually in the cabin. Possibly, if he had opened the door by any means, he would not have discovered that the proprietor of the boat was in this dainty apartment, for the skipper had taken a great deal of pains to conceal himself so that he should not be seen, even if the intruders in the Florence had 72 succeeded in opening the doors without the aid of the key in his pocket. Though he had two very nice berths in the cabin, miraculously arranged as to two face half mask space, Christy did not occupy one on the present occasion, for in that case the unbidden visitors would have seen him if their curiosity had led them to force the doors. When the cook of the best full face cpap mask Florence, usually the skipper of the craft, was engaged in the practice of the culinary art, he seated himself on what looked like a box in front of the stove. But the interior of this box was really a part of the cabin, for two face half mask it contained the feet of any one occupying the berth on the starboard side. The cookroom had no end of bins, lockers and drawers to contain the variety of provisions and stores necessary to get up a dinner for the skipper and his guests, when he had any. two face half mask And even all these places could not contain everything that was needed on board. Under the two berths were large, though not very deep, lockers, one of which contained the jib topsail of the craft, and other spare sails, while the opposite one was the fuel locker of the sloop. As the boat had not been used for a long time in cruising, two face half mask the fuel receptacle was empty, though 73 a spare gaff topsail had been thrown into it. This locker was big enough to admit the body corporate of the skipper. It was not a particularly clean place, for a portion of it had been economized for the stowage of the charcoal, which the skipper preferred to wood. But he did not rebel at the blackness of the retreat he had chosen, for he wore his boating dress, which was hardly stylish enough for a dude or a dandy. But Skipper Passford did not crawl into this black hole for the fun of the thing. He had been spending his time in waiting for a movement.