Bandana Face Mask the archaeologist said at length. It s far from being unknown, Lampert replied. I got my first large taste of it in my student days back on Earth. Fly over the mesa country in southwestern North America sometime. Most of the joints there are invisible from a distance, of course but at the edge of a butte where weathering is most prominent the blocks have frequently started to separate, and the thing looks as though it had been put together from outsize bricks. Hmph. Seem to remember something of the sort myself, now that you mention it. I did some digging in that area, too. I shouldn t have connected that sort of country with what we have here, though. Different meat same skeleton, replied Lampert. But how face cleaner about this volcanic ash, or mud, or whatever it is, which at least fills the joints we saw in the cliff That s not so usual, is it Not in my experience. But granting the joints and the volcanoes, there s nothing really surprising about it. Incidentally, we don t know that this crack we re standing on has the same filling. We d better bore down again to make sure. At least we may get some idea of the date of the volcanic action compared to that of the orogeny that tilted the block where we re camped. If there s tuff down here too, it will substantiate the idea that the vulcanism is the older. Why Couldn t ash have settled down here as well as up there at substantially the same time It could. But I d bet a fairly respectable sum that the tuff we saw in the canyon was from a mud flow, not a fall of airborne ash. That could hardly have reached the top of the cliffs actually, the opposite slope of the mountains, where Sulewayo is working and this area simultaneously. Maybe from different eruptions I get the impression that this world has a slight tendency to produce volcanic fields rather than individual cones or flows. Might be. Chemistry will probably settle that question. During the latter part of this discussion Lampert had directed the mole once more downwards, and every half meter of travel another core was added to the collection. At six and a half meters below the soil simplus full face mask the first solid specimen arrived the others had been held together only by roots. This one, however, caused the two scientists to look at each other. Lampert nodded slowly, with a smile. Mitsuitei gave a shrug, and let an expression of resignation play over his usually impassive features. The core was tuff, apparently identical with that full face masks designs for girls in the cliffs bandana face mask to the east. It even contained fossils. I guess this whole dig might as well be taken over by the paleontology department, Lampert commented finallyof birds, though it was quite 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. 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 men face mask observed the hunters as yet. They had caught a glimpse of it, before appearing out of the bushes, and had 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 bandana face mask season among the pauws, and hoped by imitating their challenge to draw the bird a cock he.
resting place. In the forest, of course, though they knew not where. It might be on the tree over bandana face mask their heads, or on one close at hand or it might be afar off. In any case, they felt that a crisis was approaching. Both bandana face mask trembled, as they thought how soon they might be face to face with the hideous creature confronting it, or perhaps enfolded in its long hairy arms. And in such an embrace, how would it fare with them What chance of escape from it None They would be crushed, helpless as flies in the grasp of a gigantic spider. If the creature should come that way, and resolve upon assailing them, one or other, or both of them, would surely be destroyed. If only one, Henry had fully made up his mind who it should be. The brave boy had determined to sacrifice his own life, if need be, to save his sister. Firmly grasping the great musket, he bandana face mask said Sister Nell, if it come this way and offer to attack us, you keep out of the scrape. Leave everything to me. Go a good way off when you see me preparing to fire. I shan t draw trigger till it is close up to the muzzle of the gun. Then there ll be no fear of missing it. To miss would only make it all the madder. Saloo said so. If the shot shouldn t kill it right off, don t mind me. The report may be heard, and bring father or some of the others to our assistance. Dear sis, no matter what happens, keep out of the way, and wait till they come up. Promise me you will do so Henry I will not leave you. Dear, dear brother, if you should be killed I would not care to live longer. Henry I will die with you Don t talk that way, sis. I m not going to be killed for I fancy that we can run faster than it can. It don t appear to make much speed at least along the ground and I think we might both escape it if we only knew which way it was going to take. At any rate, you do as I say, and leave the rest to me. While they were thus discussing the course to be pursued Henry urging his sister to retreat in the event of his being attacked, and Helen tearfully protesting against leaving him a movement on the part of the mias claimed all their attention. It was not a movement indicating any design to leave the spot where it had bandana face mask been browsing but rather a start, as if something caused it a surprise. The start was quickly followed by a gesture, not of alarm, but one that plainly betokened anger. Indeed, it spoke audibly of this, being accompanied by a fierce growl, and succeeded by a series of hoarse barkings, bandana face mask just like those of a bull dog or angry mastiff, whose mouth, confined in a muzzle, hinders him from giving full vent to his anger. At the same time, i.calms are of common occurrence, during either of which the prau can easily overtake an ordinary sailing ship. And when a brisk wind arises, and it is desirable to avoid any vessel that may be endeavouring to come up with them, they can, by means of their strong rowing force, get to windward of the chasing craft, and so out of harm s way. Ships are not always the objects of their surgical face mask piratical cruisings, or they might at times find it but an unprofitable business. Combined with sea piracy, they make frequent land expeditions along the coasts of the different islands, going up the inlets and rivers, and plundering the towns or other settlements situated on their banks. And their booty does not always consist of goods, chattels, and money, but of men, women, and children for they are men robbers as well as murderers and pirates. Their captives are carried off to their places of rendezvous, and there kept until they can be sold into slavery a market for this kind of commodity being easily found in almost every island of the Malayan Archipelago whether it be Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, or under the dominion of its own native rulers, the sultans and rajahs. Well aware of all these circumstances, Captain Redwood knew the danger he and his party would incur should they fall into the hands of the Lanoons. So long as they were out upon the open sea, and in fear of perishing by starvation, they had never had a thought about pirates. Then the sight of a prau even with the certainty of its being a piratical craft would have been welcome since death by the Malay kris, or slavery to the most cruel taskmaster, would have been a relief from the sufferings they were enduring, from hunger as from thirst. Now, however, that these were things of the past, and they were not only safe delivered from the perils of best sunscreen for face the deep, but seemed in no farther danger of starvation, the pirates had become the subject of their gravest fears, and their eyes were habitually on the alert now scanning the sea shore on both sides, and now directed toward the forest, whenever any noise from that quarter occurred to excite suspicion. While in this frame of mind, the boat which had brought them safely ashore caused them a good deal of apprehension. They might themselves have easily found concealment bandana face mask among the trees that stood thickly on the land side but the large pinnace lying bandana face mask upon the open beach was a conspicuous object, and could be seen miles off by any one straying along the shore, or coming abruptly out of the forest. If there were any pirates nest near, the boat would surely betray them, and the question arose.e if I do, replied Captain Lonley, still maintaining his respectful demeanor, though it seemed to be hard work. By this time the mainsail was set, and was banging in the lively breeze. The negro sailors seemed 336 to have become weary with wasting the day in the sailing of the schooner, and they worked with a good deal of enthusiasm. Now set the foresail, Fetters. I don t think we can carry the topsails, said the captain. Isn t that a white man with the hands asked he, as the men went to the foremast. That s a man I brought along with me, replied Christy. He is an able seaman, and he is very anxious to get to some port outside where he can obtain a berth as mate. All right I thought the work was going on exceedingly well, and his presence explains it, added the captain. He owns the boat in which we came over here, and I think we had better hoist it on deck, said the mate. All right do so, Fetters. I suppose you have nothing on your hands Nothing very particular, replied Christy. I am instructed to buy bandana face mask a fast steamer if I can find one, even if I have to go to England to obtain her. What do you say to taking the berth of first officer in her, Fetters, for I know that you are a sailor, and that you have pluck enough to fire a gun 337 Such a position would suit me first rate, replied Christy, with proper enthusiasm. Still Lonley did not recognize his voice, and he took especial pains that he should not. But this state of things could not long continue. If the unionist went into the cabin where there was a light, he could not help betraying himself. It was necessary to provide against this or any similar emergency very soon. He had already arranged his plan, and it was his purpose to carry it into execution as soon as the vessel was fully clear of the creek. The boat was hoisted on the deck the fore and main sail were set, and everything was in readiness for a departure. Colonel Passford, after repeating some of his admonition to the captain, shook hands with him, and stepped down upon the wharf. Lonley gave the order to stand by the jib, and cast off the fasts. The two principal sails filled on the starboard tack, the jib went up in the twinkling of an eye under the direction of half face ski mask Flint, and the schooner began to gather headway. The captain was at the helm, for he would trust no other there, and Christy went forward. Set the fore topmast staysail, said the mate 338 but he was willing the gas mask half face crew should execute the order in their own way, for he called the master s mate to him. The biggest job is yet to be done, he added, in a low tone. What is that asked Flint. To get possession.
Bandana Face Mask saw it was within reach of his arrow. As soon as the kori heard the call, he raised himself to his full height, spread his immense tail, dropped his wings until the primary feathers trailed along the grass, and replied to the challenge. But what now astonished Swartboy was, that instead of one answer to his call, he fancied he heard two, simultaneously uttered It proved to be no fancy, for before he could repeat the decoy the bird again gave out its note of defiance, and was answered by a similar call from another quarter. Swartboy looked in the direction whence came the latter and there, sure enough, was a second kori, that seemed to have dropped from the region of the clouds, or, more likely, had run out from the shelter of the bushes. At all events, it was anime girl with face mask a good way towards the centre of the plain, before the hunter had observed it. The two were now in full view of each other and by their movements any one might see that a combat was certain to come off. Sure of this, Swartboy did not call again but remained silent behind his bush. After a good while spent in strutting, and wheeling round and round, and putting themselves in the most threatening attitudes, bandana face mask and uttering the most insulting expressions, the two koris became sufficiently provoked to begin bandana face mask the battle. They clinched in gallant style, using all three weapons, wings, beak, and feet. Now they struck each other with their wings, now pecked with their bills and at intervals, when a good opportunity offered, gave each other a smart kick which, with their long muscular legs, they were enabled to deliver with considerable force. Swartboy knew that when they were well into the fight, he might stalk in upon them unobserved so he waited patiently, till the proper moment should arrive. In a few seconds it became evident, he would not have to move from his ambush for the birds were fighting towards him. He adjusted his arrow to the string, and waited. In five minutes the birds were fighting within thirty yards of the spot where the Bushman lay. The twang of a bowstring might have been heard by one of the koris, had he been listening. The other could not possibly have heard it for before the sound could dreamwear full face mask fitting have reached him, a poisoned arrow was sticking through his ears. The barb had passed through, and the shaft remained in his head, piercing it crosswise Of course the bird dropped dead upon the grass, less astonished than his antagonist. The latter at first imagined he had done it, and began to strut very triumphantly around his fallen foe. But his eye now fell upon the arrow sticking bandana face mask through the head of the latter. He.