Pumpkin Face Mask een deceived by the appearance even a fox could not have discovered the tray before tumbling into it. They had completed the work before going to dinner, which, consequently, fell late on that day so nothing more remained to be done but to dine, and await the coming of the quaggas. At dinner they were all very merry, notwithstanding the immense fatigue they had gone through. The prospect of capturing the quaggas was very exciting, and kept the party in high spirits. Each offered visor for rip it face mask a prognostication as to the result. Some said they would trap three quaggas at the least while others were more sanguine, and believed they might take twice that number. Jan did not see why the pit should not be full and Hendrik thought this probable enough considering the way they intended to drive the quaggas into it. It certainly seemed so. The pit had been made of sufficient width to preclude the possibility of the animals leaping over it, while it was dug lengthwise across the path, so that they could not miss it. The lay of the ground would guide them directly into it. It is true that, were they to be left to themselves, and permitted to follow their pumpkin face mask usual method of marching that is, in single file only one, the leader, might be caught. The rest, seeing him fall in, would be sure to wheel round, and gallop off in a different direction. But it was not the intention of the hunters to leave things thus. They had planned a way by which the quaggas, at a certain moment, would be thrown into a complete panic, and thus forced pell mell upon the pit. In this lay their hopes of securing a large number of the animals. Four was as many as were wanted. One for each of the hunters. Four would do but of course it mattered not how many more got into the pit. The more the better, as a large number would give them the advantage of pick and choose. Dinner over, the hunters set about preparing for the reception of their expected visitors. As already stated, the dinner had been later than usual and it was now near the hour when the quaggas might be looked for. In order to be in time, each took his station. Hans, Hendrik, and Swartboy, placed themselves in ambush around the lake at intervals pumpkin face mask from one another but the lower end, where the animals usually approached and went out, was left quite open. Von Bloom remained on the platform in the tree, so as to mark the approach of the quaggas, and give warning by a signal to the other three. The positions taken by these were such, that they could guide the herd in the direction of the pit by merely coming out of the bushes where they lay concealed. In order that they.At the place there stood a post with several forks upon it, that had been used as a bridle post. Hendrik dismounted, hooked his rein over one of these forks rested his y auml ger across another and then, sighting the shaft of the arrow, pulled trigger. The rifle cracked, the broken stick was seen to fly out from the door, and the string was set free All were ready to gallop off but the lion, although pumpkin face mask he growled fiercely on hearing the shot, still lay close. Swartboy now drew breathable face mask in the string and, having adjusted it to a fresh arrow, moved round so as to command a view of the window. In a few minutes the shaft had cut through the air and stuck deep into the yielding wood, and then the shutter best full face cpap mask swung round on its hinges and was drawn close. All three now dismounted ran silently and rapidly up, and secured both door and shutter with strong reins of raw hide. Hurrah the lion was caged Chapter Eleven. The Death of the Lion. Yes, the fierce brute was fairly in the trap. The three hunters breathed freely. But how was the affair to pumpkin face mask end Both door and window shutter fitted strongly and closely and, although it was possible to glance through the chinks, nothing could be seen inside since, both being shut, it was quite dark within. Even could the lion have been seen, there was no hole through which to thrust the muzzle of a gun and fire at him. He was just as safe as his captors and, so long as the door remained closed, they could do him no more harm than he could them They might leave him shut up, and let him starve. He could live for a while upon what the jackals had left, with the carcasses of the two dogs, but that would not sustain him long, and in the end he would have to give up and miserably perish. After all, this did not seem so certain to Von Bloom and his companions. Finding that he was caged in earnest, the brute might attack the door, and with his sharp claws and teeth manage to cut his way through. But the angry field cornet had not the slightest intention of leaving the lion such a chance. He was determined to destroy the beast before leaving the ground and he now set to thinking how this could be accomplished in the speediest and most effectual manner. At first he thought of cutting a hole in the door with his knife, large enough to see through and admit the barrel of his roer. Should he not succeed in getting a view of the beast through that one, he would make another in the window shutter. The two being on adjacent sides of the house, would give him the command of the whole interior for the former dwelling of the field cornet comprised only a single apartment. During.
and lift him over the gunwale. Still no zygaena in sight no shark of any kind. Poor fellow he seems quite cured we shall be able to save him. It was Captain pumpkin face mask Redwood pumpkin face mask who thus spoke. The Irishman was about making a little hopeful rejoinder, when his speech was face mask homemade cut short by a cry from Saloo, who had suspended his stroke, as if paralysed by some sudden despair. The Malay, who, as well as Murtagh, had been sitting with his back toward the swimmer, had slewed himself round with a quick jerk, that told of some surprise. The movement was caused by a shadow flitting over the boat something was passing rapidly through the air above. It had caught the attention of the others, who, on hearing Saloo s cry, looked up along with him. They saw only the albatross moving athwart the sky, no longer slow sailing as before, but with the swift cutting flight of a falcon pouncing down upon its prey. It seemed descending not in a straight line, but in an acute parabolic curve, like a thunderbolt or some aerolite projected toward the surface of the sea. But the bird, with a whirr like the sound of running spindles, was going in a definite direction, the point evidently aimed at being the head of the swimmer A strange commingled shout arose over the ocean, in which several voices bore part. Surprise pealed forth from the lips of those in the boat, and terror from the throat of the struggling man, while a hoarse croak from the gullet of the albatross, followed by what appeared a mocking scream of triumph. Then quick succeeded a crashing sound, as the sharp heavy beak of the bird broke through the skull of the swimmer, striking him dead, as if by the shot of a six pounder, and sending his lifeless body down toward the bottom of the sea It came not up again at all events, it was never more seen by his castaway companions who, dropping the oars in sorrowful despair, allowed the boat to drift away from the fatal spot in whatever direction the soft sighing breeze might capriciously carry it. Note 1. The albatross Is the largest of the ocean birds. Its wings, when extended, measuring fifteen feet, and its weight sometimes exceeding twenty to twenty four pounds. The common albatross is the Diomedea exulans of naturalists. Its plumage, except a few of the wing feathers, is white its long, hard beak, which Is very powerful, is of a pale yellow colour and its short, webbed feet are flesh coloured. It is frequently met with in the Southern Ocean. The species mentioned in the text is the black beaked albatross, which frequents the India waters. The albatross Is a formidable enemy to the sailor, for if one f.of his seismic apparatus. Its little mole robot had started on its downward trip. The Felodon lurked thirty yards from the point where Lampert was standing, protected from his sight by the undergrowth and by one of the piles of dirt thrown up by the machine which had dug the pit. It seemed to be looking through the soil at the spot where the man best men's face mask was. The snarl was still on its face, but no muscle moved in its long body. It had been there for minutes without moving it had pumpkin face mask frozen similarly when McLaughlin had passed it on his way out. Now it simply stood and waited. On a cliffside kilometers away, Ndomi Sulewayo gave utterance to the first profanity Krendall had ever heard him use. They were on opposite sides of the block containing the fossil, so neither could see the other. Krendall, naturally, asked what best disposable maskes for wood smoke was wrong. Don t tell me a bug got through one of these suits Worse, if possible. I told you this foreleg both had been carefully avoiding the use of such words as arms was sticking out sideways, so that I was afraid we might have cut off part of it in digging the tunnel. Krendall nodded. I remember. Did we I don t know. Eh How come I should think there d be no doubt, one way or the other, if you have that much of the limb clear. Well, I haven t. I got as far as the bone goes and right there I run out of tuff and into the limestone. If there s anything more, it s in an entirely different kind of rock, which is a trifle unlikely but I m going to have to check the blocks we cut from this part of the tunnel in order to make sure, and I don t look forward to can you wash disposable mask the job at all. Krendall, properly sympathetic, came around to Sulewayo s side to look, and agreed that the search was necessary. The bone the younger man had been clearing ended in a joint of the type they had come to regard as typical of the creature s limbs and this had occurred almost exactly at the surface they had left when first outlining the block with the saw. Sulewayo, with a grunt of disgust, dropped his tools and went out into the rain, where the blocks cut from the cliff had been piled Krendall, nobly sacrificing his personal inclinations, went along with him. The search lasted for a long time for a long time, in fact, after it became evident that it was going to be useless, for the chance of a perfect specimen is not easily thrown away. Finally, however, Krendall straightened up with a pumpkin face mask sigh. I guess we ll have to be satisfied with a restoration on one side, he said wearily. I hope someone fifty years from now doesn t find another and discover that it s a sort of vertebrate fiddler crab, with one fore lim.withheld him from giving way to utter despair. But the time had come when even these slight supports were to fail. It was when they arrived upon the brink of a lagoon, and a water surface gleamed before their eyes reflected by a daylight that struggled dimly down through the tops of the tall trees. The trees rose out of the water, their trunks wide apart, but their branches intermingling. The path of our pursuers was interrupted they saw it at once but that of the pursued seemed continuous as before. They were arrested suddenly on the pumpkin face mask brink of the lagoon, apparently with no chance of proceeding farther. They saw the red gorilla still climbing among the trees, with the white drapery streaming behind it. Soon they saw it not only heard the crackle of twigs, and the swishing recoil of the branches, as its huge body swung from tree to tree. The monster was now out of sight, along with its victim a victim, in very truth, whether living or dead But for the support of Murtagh pumpkin face mask and Saloo, Captain Redwood would have fallen to the earth. In their arms he sobbed and gasped, disposable masks n95 maximum hours Helen my child, Helen What will become of her O Father O God, protect her Chapter Thirty Two. Listening In Despair. For some seconds Captain Redwood was powerless in a frenzy of despair. Henry was equally overcome by grief truly agonising. It was to both father and son a moment of the most unutterable anguish. Helen, the dear daughter and sister, carried out of their sight, apparently beyond reach of pursuit. And in the arms of a hideous creature which was neither wholly man nor wholly beast, but combined the worst attributes of each. Perhaps she was already dead within the loathsome embrace her tender body soon to be torn to pieces, or tossed from the top of some tall tree to be crushed and mangled on the earth, or thrown with a plunge into the cold dark waters of that dismal lagoon, never more to be seen or heard of. These were horrid thoughts and hideous images which rushed rapidly through their minds as they stood in the sombre shadow, picturing to themselves her too probable fate. It was no longer a question about her life. They knew, or believed, her to be dead. They only thought of what was to become of her body what chance there might be of recovering and giving it the sacred rights of peach slices face mask sepulture. Even this slight consolation occupied the mind of the distracted father. The Malay, well acquainted with the habits of the great man ape, could give no answer. He only knew that the child s body would not be eaten up by it since the red gorilla is never known to feed upon flesh fruit and vegetables being its onl.
Pumpkin Face Mask terposed the steward. But you have not reported upon the condition of the enemy after the shot hit the Vampire, Mr. Watts, said Christy, impatiently. The shot struck her walking beam, smashed it all to pieces, and cleaned it off completely. Of 123 course, that disabled her. Very likely some of the party on board of the Vampire are hurt, for the pieces did not all drop into the water. Now, in regard to the ladies suggested the midshipman. It is for you to decide, Mr. Passford, whether or not the enemy are likely to renew the attempt to capture the steamer. But it seemed to me, whether they do anything more or not, it is not quite safe for the ladies to be alone in the house with the servants, for these fellows will be prowling about here in either case. I would not stay in the house pumpkin face mask for all the world protested Miss Florry softball face mask and probably she thought that one of the prowlers would be Major Pierson. You are quite right, Mr. Watts I was not as thoughtful as you were, replied Christy, who took in the situation with this suggestion. What were they doing on board of the Vampire, Mr. Watts I did not wait to observe their movements, but the boat began to drift down the river. Beg pardon, Mr. Passford, but the ship is swinging around, and you will not be pumpkin face mask able to use 124 that gun as it points now, said Boxie, touching his hat to the young commander. Stand by your engine, Paul we will get under way at once. Boxie, cast off the cable, and let it run out. You buoyed it, did you not said Christy, with a sudden renewal of energy, as he hastened to the pilot house, where Beeks and Thayer had been sent before. I buoyed the cable, sir, replied the sheet anchorman. Then cast it off. Sampson, open the cabin for the ladies, added Christy, as he disappeared in the pilot house. But the ladies preferred to go into the engine room. CHAPTER XI THE BATTLE ALONGSIDE THE BELLEVITE The signal lights at the bend of the river had burned out, and nothing could be seen in that direction. The turn of the tide had carried the wreck of the Vampire, if she was a wreck, down the stream, and beyond what the steward had reported, nothing was known in regard to pumpkin face mask her. Mr. Watts possessed himself of the single fact that her walking beam had been carried away by the shot, and he had not waited to ascertain anything more. She was disabled, and he had been instructed to hasten up the river as soon as he had assured himself of this fact, and made the signal. As the extent of the calamity to the enemy was unknown, the young commander began to have some painful doubts in regard to the immediate future. He had given the orde.nding in the opening. The next move was to adjust the string. Already a piece of stick, several inches in length, had been fixed to the small of the stock, and, of course, behind the trigger. This was fastened transversely, but not so as to preclude all motion. A certain looseness in its adjustment gave it the freedom required to be worked as a lever for that was its design. To each end of this little stick was fastened a string. One of these strings was attached to the trigger the other, after being carried through the thimbles of the ramrod, traversed across the entrance of the kraal, and was knotted upon the opposite side to the sapling that stood there. This string followed the horizontal direction of the barrel, and was just taut so that any farther strain upon it would act upon the little lever, and by that means pull the trigger and then of course bang would go the roer. When this string was adjusted, and the gun loaded and cocked, the trap was set. Nothing remained to be done but bait it. This was not a difficult task. It consisted simply in placing a piece of meat or carcass within the enclosure, and these leaving it to attract the prowling beasts to the spot. When the gun had been set, Swartboy carried up the bait the offal of an antelope killed that day and flung it into the kraal and then the party went quietly to their beds, without thinking more of the matter. They had not slept a wink, however, before they were startled by the loud crack of the roer, followed by a short stifled cry that told them the gun trap had done its work. A torch was procured, and the four hunters proceeded to the spot. There they found the dead body of a huge tiger wolf lying doubled up in the entrance, and right under the muzzle of the gun. He had not gone a step after receiving the shot in fact, had hardly kicked before dying as the bullet, wad, and all, had gone quite through his ribs and entered his heart, after making a large ugly hole in his side. Of course he must have been within a few inches of the muzzle, when his breast, pressing against the string, caused the gun to go off. Having again loaded the roer, the hunters returned to their beds. One might suppose they would have dragged the suicidal hyena away from the spot, lest his carcass should serve as a warning to his comrades, and keep them away from the trap. But Swartboy knew better than that. Instead of being scared by the dead body of one of their kind, the hyenas only regard it as proper prey, and will devour it as they would the remains of a tender antelope Knowing this, Swartboy did not take the dead hyena away.