Deku Face Mask r to slip the cable, and he could hear the rattle of the chain as it passed out through the hawse hole. It was evident 126 enough to him that he had to run the gantlet of the party on board of the Vampire in descending the river. As the shot had hit the walking beam of the steamer, it was not probable that she was seriously injured in her hull, if at all. Some of the enemy had doubtless been hurt by the fall of the pieces of machinery, but Christy could not believe that the conspirators were disabled, as the vessel was. The enemy might make an attempt to board the Bellevite as she passed down the river, for the accident must have rendered the party more desperate than before. In the face of a failure to capture the Bellevite at her anchorage, which had seemed so easy a matter to the leaders of the expedition, they would be ready to take any chances of success that came in their way. Cable all out, sir, reported Boxie. Not without some heavy doubts, Christy rang the bell to go ahead. He had no one in the pilot house with whom he could consult except the two quartermasters, for Paul was in charge of the engine, and he could no more leave it than the midshipman could leave the wheel. The propeller 127 began to turn, and the ship gathered headway. To add to the responsibility of the young commander, his mother and sister had just come on board, and were now seated on the sofa in the engine room. The Bellevite was moving down the river, and the only thing Christy could do was to brace himself up to meet whatever might happen on the trip. He did this at once, and a moment later he rang to go ahead at full speed. He was approaching the bend of the river, and in a minute or two more he would be able to see the Vampire. But Captain Carboneer could no more see through the headland at the bend than he could, and he hoped that the leader of the enemy had not yet discovered that the Bellevite was under way. The steamer increased her speed on the instant in response to the signal, and she rushed forward at a velocity that would be fatal to the Vampire if she happened to be in her path. But Christy was not disposed to make an issue with the enemy when they deku face mask met he intended to defend the Bellevite, if she was attacked, to the extent of his ability and small force. realistic face masks There she is exclaimed Beeks, as the Bellevite 128 began to change her course to go around the bend. Christy saw the Vampire as soon as the quartermaster, and he was glad to find that she had drifted to the left bank of the river as far as the depth of water would permit. As her engine was disabled, she had no means of propuls.see that, apparently, men who could stand the enforced companionship of a tramp spacer were also able to retain their senses of humor in the steam bath environment of Viridis. Sulewayo, of course, had seemed safe from the first. A man who has spent his formative years in the Congo rain forests where his ancestors had lived for generations was ideal for this world. His sense of humor was extremely durable. Lampert suspected that it might sometimes be a little too good. Mitsuitei, the archaeologist, had once or twice appeared to resent some of the young fellow s remarks, though not to an extent where Lampert had felt the need for introducing his own personality into the matter. Krendall, nearly twice Sulewayo s age, seemed to be a deku face mask check on the younger man anyway he was a member of the same profession, and Sulewayo would have been the first gelatin face mask to admit his respect for Krendall s work in the field. Under the circumstances, Lampert felt that the group was well matched. Whether it would be able to do the job it had undertaken was another matter. The news reports had spoken glibly of the expedition off white face mask which was going to solve the mysteries of Viridis once and for all. Lampert, like any other scientist, knew perfectly well that the solution of the present crop of mysteries about the planet would almost certainly be achieved only at the cost of creating an even greater number of new ones. Even the guide, who was admittedly no scientist, had expressed a similar opinion, though his was based on a general pessimism bred of familiarity with the planet. However, he had undertaken to get them to the sort of country they wanted and from then on the problem solving was not his affair. The scientists, whatever may have been their feeling about matters of personal safety, were eager to start, which tended to cause rapid progress in McLaughlin s animal recognition school. Another factor tending toward the same result was that there was little in Emeraude for such men to do, except learn. The town was still small. It had a spaceport and airport, which furnished little entertainment, docks which could amuse for a while but not indefinitely, and warehouses which were completely uninteresting to geologists, paleontologists and archaeologists. There was no museum. The numerous specimens of mineral, animal, and vegetable matter collected on the planet invariably wound up on outbound spacecraft. The zoo, which the town maintained for purely practical reasons, was about the only thing that was left. In consequence, not many days passed before all four scientists were able to meet McLaughlin s requiremen.
o months, sir. Where did this steamer come from Captain Folkner bought her somewhere in the West Indies, and brought her here before the blockade was fairly established. Then she is an English built steamer I suppose she is, sir but I don t know anything about it. Then she has been here a long while. What has Captain Folkner been doing all this time asked Christy curiously. Inventing, sir, replied Dave, chuckling. is a disposable face mask a toe of respirator I see he has that on the brain. The government threatened to take his vessel if he did not fit her out and take her to sea. Then he hurried up, and got a crew ready but they had a quarrel last night, and most of the men would not come on board. Yes I know all about that, added deku face mask Christy, as he looked at his watch by the light of the shaded lamp in the cabin. I suppose you insist upon serving the Confederacy, Dave I don t insist on anything, sir I go where 239 the ship takes me, and I don t mean to quarrel with anybody. In other words, will it be necessary to put you under guard asked Christy. I don t think it would do me any good, sir, replied Dave, laughing. Which side do you belong on demanded the officer, rather impatiently. I belong on Dave s side, sir. Which is Dave s side deku face mask The side of freedom, replied the steward, with some embarrassment. I don t know you, sir you don t wear the deku face mask uniform of a Yankee or a rebel, and the darkey gets crushed between the upper deku face mask and the nether millstone. Then to make the matter plainer to you, I am the third lieutenant of the United States steamer Bellevite, and I have captured this vessel as an officer of the United States Navy, replied Christy. That s all I want to know the darkey knows where to go, when it is safe to go there, replied Dave. Then if it is safe for you to go to the pilot house, you may come with me, added the lieutenant, as he led the way to the deck. 240 Beeks, with the men who had not been assigned to other duty, was cutting away the ropes that held the casks in place, and had already turned ulta face mask adrift all the raft of disposable lavender eye masks them alongside. All the rubbish the nautical inventor had collected to carry out his famous scheme of floating the vessel through the sound was cleared from the deck, and cut loose from the side. I think everything is clear, sir, reported Beeks, as Christy appeared on deck with Dave. Stand by to get honey face mask diy up the anchor, then, added the lieutenant. No anchor down, sir, interposed Dave. She is made fast to the buoy. So much the better. I suppose Captain Folkner did not trouble deku face mask himself about the forts, Dave, did he Christy inquired. Yes, sir, he did Captain Folkner never slept a wink when he did not have Fort.as to what should be done with it. To have dragged it up the sand, and hidden it among the underwood, is probably what deku face mask they would have done had they been possessed of sufficient strength. But they knew that they were not, and therefore the thing was not thought of. It was as much as they could yet do to drag their own bodies about, much less a heavy ship s boat. Murtagh deku face mask suggested breaking it up, and letting the fragments float off upon the waves. But Captain Redwood did not approve of this mode. The craft that had so long carried them through an unknown sea, and at length set them safely ashore, deserved different treatment. Besides, they might again stand in need of it for it was not yet certain whether they were on the coast of the Bornean mainland, or one of the numerous outlying islets to be found along its eastern side. If an island, the boat would still be required to carry them across to the main. While they were engaged in discussing this subject on the day they had made discovery of the maleos eggs, Saloo s sharp eye, wandering about, caught sight of something that promised a solution of the difficulty. It was the little stream not far off, or rather, the estuary formed by its current, which, flowing out through the sands, had cut a channel deku face mask deep enough for the keel of a much larger craft than a ship s pinnace. Why we no blingee boat up libba he asked. Saloo is right it may be done, assented the captain. Troth an that may it. It s clivver of the nigger to be the first of us to think of that same. Then we d betther set about it at once hadn t we, captin By all means, was the reply and the three men, rising to their feet, walked off toward the boat, leaving the young people under the deku face mask tree. Chapter Twelve. Krissing a Constrictor. It took them nearly an hour to get the pinnace round into the stream, and opposite the place they had fixed upon for their temporary encampment. The current acting against their feeble efforts at rowing, was the cause of delay. They succeeded, however, and the boat was made safe from being observed by the eye of any one going along the beach. But, to make it still more secure, they poled it in under the branches of an over hanging tree not far off a large Indian fig, or banyan, whose umbrageous top overshadowed the water nearly half way across the stream. To one of its numerous root stems the craft was made fast by means of the tiller ropes and they were stepping deku face mask out of it to return to their camping place, when a shout from Saloo warned them of some danger ahead. It was not ahead, but overhead for, as his companions looked up following the.to the task of once more building up his fortune. For himself he had no ambition to be rich. He would have been contented with the simple life he was leading, and would have cared but little to increase his wealth. But other considerations weighed upon his mind the future of his little family. He could not suffer his children to grow up in the midst of the wild plains without education. No they must one day return to the abodes of men, to act their part in the drama of social and civilised life. This was his design. But how was this design to be accomplished Though his so called act of treason had been pardoned, and he was now free to return within the limits of the colony, he was ill prepared for such a purpose. His poor wasted stock would not suffice to set him up within the settlements. It would scarce keep him a month. To return would be to return a beggar Reflections of this kind sometimes gave him anxiety. But they also added energy to his disposition, and rendered him more eager to overcome the obstacles before him. During the present year he had been very industrious. In order that his cattle should be provided for in the season of winter he had planted a large quantity of maize and buckwheat, and now the crops of both were in the most prosperous condition. His garden, too, smiled, and promised a profusion of fruits, and melons, and kitchen vegetables. In short, the little homestead where he had fixed himself for a time, was a miniature oasis and he rejoiced day after day, as his eyes rested upon the ripening aspect around him. Once more he began to dream of prosperity once more to hope that his evil fortunes had come to an end. Alas It was a false hope. A series of trials yet awaited him a series of misfortunes that deprived him of almost everything he possessed, and completely changed his mode of existence. Perhaps these occurrences could hardly be termed misfortunes, since in the end they led to a happy result. But you may judge for yourself, boy reader, after you have heard the history and adventures of the trek boor and his family. Chapter Two. The Kraal. The ex field cornet was seated in front of his kraal for such is the name of a South African homestead. From his lips protruded a large pipe, with its huge bowl of meerschaum. Every boor is a smoker. Notwithstanding the many losses and crosses of his past life, there was contentment in his eye. He was gratified by the prosperous appearance of his crops. The maize was now in the milk, and the ears, folded within the papyrus like husks, looked full and large. It was delightful to hear the rustling of the lo.
Deku Face Mask on deck if you like, mother and Florry, or you may come with me into the pilot house, added Christy. The engineer had to remain on duty, and Miss Florry mildly objected to leaving her present comfortable position on the sofa of the engine room but as her mother wished to go with her brother, she felt obliged to go with her. Christy gave his mother and sister places on the sofa abaft of the wheel, and then looked into the position of the steamer. But the two quartermasters 139 had so often steered the steamer up and down deku face mask the river that they had done very well, and there was no especial need of the midshipman as a pilot. The Bellevite was not going at anything like her best speed, or at her usual rate at sea. As she was going, it was about a four hours run to New York, and Christy was not in a hurry to get to his destination. Beeks, we have a prisoner, and I should like to take his measure, said Christy to the senior quartermaster. You may go aft and ask Sampson to bring him into the pilot house. Bring him into the pilot house, repeated the man, as he left the apartment. What are you going to do with your prisoner, Christy asked Mrs. Passford. I shall hand him over to the proper officers, and they can do what they face serum please with him, replied the middy. I don t want him do you, mother What should I want of him Perhaps you want him, Florry asked Christy of his sister. I am sure I don t, she replied, pouting. Perhaps you will want him when you have seen him, added the middy roguishly. 140 At this moment Sampson appeared at the door of the pilot house, conducting his prisoner, whose hands were still tied behind him. Christy did not see him at first, for he was looking at his sister but her pretty face suddenly turned crimson, and her brother heard the sound of footsteps in the apartment. As soon as he saw the prisoner, he started back in astonishment, though perhaps there was no particular reason to be surprised. It was not Mr. Haslett, as he had supposed, and it certainly was not Captain Carboneer. But it was Major Lindley Pierson, late commandant of Fort Gaines. Christy had not expected to meet him, and that was the only reason why he was astonished. Major Pierson exclaimed the midshipman, as soon as he had in some degree recovered from his astonishment. I believe we have met before somewhere. Without a doubt we have, Captain Passford, replied the major, who no longer belonged to the Mulgate family. Not a captain, if you please but I am none the less glad to see you on that account. This is really a very unexpected pleasure. 141 And quite as unexpected to me, I assure you, es.a of thousands of miles It was certain that the one that had just swept past was on a very extensive scale. It was evident he could no longer remain by his kraal. His horses, and cattle, and sheep, could not live without food and should these perish, upon what were he and his family to subsist He must leave the kraal. He must go in search of pasture, without loss of time, at once. Already the animals, shut up beyond their usual hour, were uttering their varied cries, impatient to be let out. They would soon hunger and it was hard to say when food could be procured for them. There was no time to be lost. Every hour was of great importance, even minutes must not be wasted in dubious hesitation. The field cornet spent but a few minutes in consideration. Whether should he mount one of his best horses, and ride off alone in search of pasture or whether would it not be better to inspann his wagon, and take everything along with him at once He soon decided in favour of the latter course. In any case he would have been compelled to move from his present location, to leave the kraal altogether. He might as well take everything at once. Should he go out alone, it might cost him a long time to find grass and water for both would be necessary and, black hunting face mask meantime, his stock would be suffering. These and other considerations decided him at once to inspann and trek away, with his wagon, his horses, his cattle, his sheep, his household gods, and his whole family circle. Inspann and trek was the command and Swartboy, who was proud of the reputation he had earned as a wagon driver, was now seen waving his bamboo whip like a great fishing rod. Inspann and trek echoed Swartboy, tying upon his twenty feet lash a new cracker, which he had twisted out of the skin of the hartebeest antelope. Inspann and trek he repeated, making his vast whip crack like a pistol yes, baas, I ll inspann and, having satisfied himself that his voorslag was properly adjusted, Swartboy rested the bamboo handle against the side of the house, and proceeded to the kraal to collect the yoke oxen. A large wagon, of a best face mask for chemo patients sort that is the pride and property of every Cape farmer, stood to one side of the house. It was a vehicle of the first class, a regular cap tent wagon, that had been made for the field cornet in his better days, and in which he had been used to drive his wife and children to the nacht maal and upon vrolykheids parties of pleasure. In those days a team of eight fine horses used to draw it along at a rattling rate. Alas oxen had now to take their place for Von Bloom had but five horses in his whole stud, and these.