Face Protection Mask ough I am sorry to be away from my ship in the hour of victory, replied Christy submissively. But he felt that his plan had been fully carried out. CHAPTER XXVII A VISIT FROM COLONEL HOMER PASSFORD With his arms securely tied behind him, Christy realized that he could make no resistance to his captors. Flint was in the same unfortunate situation, and both of them had been deprived of their revolvers. But in spite of his unpleasant surroundings, the young lieutenant felt that the balance of advantage was on the side of the union. If the government was deprived of the services of a midshipman and a master s mate, a dangerous privateer had been captured, and about forty prisoners had been taken from the employ of the Confederacy. In the face of this decided gain, Christy felt that he had no right to complain. By this time the light of day had begun to have some effect on the darkness and fog, though the gloom seemed to be hardly less. Lonley directed his two prisoners to walk side by side behind the wounded lieutenant, while he and Levick took 301 their places in the rear. The second lieutenant of the Teaser was duly impressed by what the first had said about a probable visit to the island in search of the missing midshipman, and he directed Folkner to march as rapidly as he could. He took the control of the party out of the hands of his superior, and very likely he wished he had done so sooner. Folkner, as he had before suggested, still had the use of his legs, and he certainly used them well, for he travelled like a man who was in a hurry but both Christy and Flint were in excellent condition, though they had been on active duty all night, and they had no difficulty in keeping up with their leader. Lonley and Levick were both armed, and they kept their weapons in readiness for immediate use, for the former recognized the enterprising character of the young officer face protection mask in front of him, and knew that he would escape if he could. But Christy did not feel called to take any desperate chances in order to restore himself at once to the service of his country, and he and his companion in captivity marched along very quietly. The two armed men soon dropped several paces to the rear, so that the 302 lieutenant could listen to the details of the action on the deck of the Teaser. The prisoners could not hear what was said, and they started a conversation on their own account. We are in a bad box, said Flint. I did not expect to come out of the little end of the horn in this way. You must take a broader view of the situation than that, replied Christy. The Teaser is certainly a prize of.ents, Mr. Passford, replied Captain Breaker, with a softening smile. I beg you will not consider that I am asking for the command of the Teaser, Captain Breaker, if she is sent upon this duty, returned the lieutenant, somewhat set back at the prudence of the commander. I think I had better send Mr. Blowitt in command of the Teaser, and you shall go as his first officer, added the captain. 265 I have no objection, even in my heart, to this arrangement, replied Christy. But I shall have to send the prize to New York, and I will appoint you prize master, continued the captain, afraid that he was disappointing the ambitious young officer. You have done exceedingly well, Christy, and I shall not fail to mention you favorably in my report and you will write out yours as soon as possible. Christy would not allow himself to think that he was unappreciated because an older officer was appointed to conduct the enterprise he suggested. He was ready to do his whole duty either as principal or subordinate. Mr. Blowitt was summoned from his stateroom, and forty men, including all who had taken part in the capture of the prize, were detailed to man the Teaser. The second lieutenant was one of the jolliest men on board, but he weighed nearly two hundred pounds, and he was not as active on this account in boat service as some others. He was an excellent officer, and had been in command of a steamer, though he had never before been in the navy. At three o clock in the morning the fasts of the Teaser were cast off, and she backed away from 266 the Bellevite. She was to proceed to a point about six miles to the eastward, which was beyond the camp of the Pet Lambs. Here she was to look out for the Teaser s crew. She had not made half this distance when all hands heard rapid and continued firing on Santa Rosa Island. CHAPTER XXIV LIEUTENANT PASSFORD ON A MISSION The officers on board of the Teaser could not explain the occasion of the firing on the island, though it sounded as face protection mask though an engagement of some sort was in progress. It had been foggy during the preceding day, and if any movement on the part of the enemy had been indicated it could not have been seen on board of the ships off the entrance to the bay. I hope this business we are to do this morning will not take us long, said Mr. Blowitt. We may be wanted on board, and I should not like to be absent from the Bellevite if she is to take part in an engagement of any kind. And I am sure I should not, added Christy. I should not be surprised if the enemy made an attempt to capture Pickens but even if they storm it in the darkness, I do n.
ere upon a very different theme from either. The elephant had fallen so that his head was clear of the water, face protection mask and rested upon a little bank of sand along which, his soft and limber trunk lay extended to its full length. Curving like a pair of gigantic scimitars from its base, were the face protection mask yellow enamelled tusks those ivory arms that for years, ay centuries, perhaps, had served him to root up the trees of the forest, and rout his antagonists in many a dread encounter. Precious and beautiful trophies were they, but alas their world wide fame had cost no less than life to many thousands of his race. Shining in all their magnificence lay these mated crescents, gently curved and softly rounded. It was upon these that the eyes of the field cornet were bent. Ay, face protection mask and bent too with an eagerness unusual in his glance. His lips were compressed, his chest was visibly heaving. Oh there was a world of thoughts passing through the mind of Von Bloom at that face protection mask moment. Were they painful thoughts The expression of his face told the contrary. The cloud that all that day sat perched upon his brow had vanished. Not a trace of it remained, but in its place could be seen the lines of hope and joy, and these feelings at length found expression in words. It is the hand hydrating diy face mask of Heaven he exclaimed aloud. A fortune a fortune What is it, papa inquired little Tr uuml ey, who was near him what were you speaking about, dear papa And then all the others gathered around him, noticing his excited manner, and pleased at seeing him look so happy. What is it, papa asked all together, while Swartboy and Totty stood eager as the rest to hear the answer. In the pleasant excitement of his thoughts, face mask mixing bowl set the fond father could no longer conceal from his children the secret of his new born happiness. He would gratify them by disclosing it. Pointing to the long crescents he said, You see those beautiful tusks Yes, of course, they all did. Well, do you know their value No. They knew they were worth something. They knew that it was from elephants tusks that ivory was obtained, or, more properly, that elephants tusks were ivory itself and that it was used in the manufacture of hundreds of articles. In fact, little Tr uuml ey had a beautiful fan made out of it, which had been her mother s and Jan had a knife with an ivory handle. rice flour face mask Ivory was a very beautiful material and cost very dear, they knew. All this they knew, but the value of the two tusks they could not guess at. They said so. Well, my children, said Von Bloom, as near as I can estimate them, they are worth twenty pounds each of English money. Oh oh Such a grand sum cried all i.he land and the sea and then he thought it would be wrong to hold him back. When Christy sighted along the great gun, he believed he could hit the Vampire almost to a certainty but he was face protection mask not self sufficient, and did not often believe that he knew a thing better than any other person, and he was not above taking the advice and instruction of others. It was dark, but Christy had fixed upon an object at the bend below, of which he intended to make use in firing the gun. It was a tree which painted its outline 116 on the horizon, and the decisive moment was to come when the Vampire was in range with this tree. He adjusted the gun just as he wanted it, and he was satisfied it would do just what he required of it. He was not inclined to act on his own judgment and skill alone, and he called Boxie, the old sheet anchorman, who had been the captain of a gun years before the midshipman was born, and pointed out the tree to him, asking him to sight along the gun. He explained his plan to the old salt, and then asked his opinion. You have aimed it too high, Mr. Passford, said the veteran, after he had squinted a long time along the piece. How is it otherwise asked Christy. It is all right, sir but the shot will pass over the steamer. drop the muzzle a trifle, and the shot will hull her, if you pull the lockstring at the right time. I shall see that the string is pulled at the right time thank you, Boxie, added Christy, without depressing the gun as the old man suggested, for he had a theory of his own which he intended to carry out. 117 But the ship may change her position a face protection mask trifle, added Boxie. Of course, I mean to sight the gun again at the very moment we fire, replied Christy, looking at his watch, though he was obliged to go into the engine room to see what time it was. It was after two, and the Vampire had had time enough to make the bend. Christy wondered if Captain Carboneer was not looking for the four men he had promised to put on board of the old steamer but some promises are better broken than kept, and the midshipman thought this was one of them, though he did not consider the present occasion as any excuse for lies, or the failure to keep his word, in the indefinite future. The acting commander of the Bellevite for such the middy was, and no one disputed his authority began to be very nervous at the non appearance of the enemy. He was afraid that some mishap had befallen the Vampire either that she had gone to the bottom or got aground, though he had heard Captain Carboneer say that he was a pilot for this part face protection mask of the river. Christy had mounted the gun carriage ready., of which the elephant is extremely fond. These he drags out of face protection mask the ground with his trunk, having first loosened them with his tusks, used as crowbars. At times he fails to effect his purpose and it motorcycle half face masks is only when the ground is loose or wet, as after great rains, that he can uproot the larger kinds pore face mask of mimosas. Sometimes he is capricious and, after drawing a tree from the ground, he carries it many yards along with him, flings it to the ground, root upwards, and then leaves it, after taking a single mouthful. Destructive to the forest is the passage of a troop of elephants Small trees he can tear up with his trunk alone, but to the larger ones he applies the more powerful leverage of his tusks. These he inserts under the roots, imbedded as they usually are in loose sandy earth, and then, with a quick jerk, he tosses roots, trunk, and branches, high into the air, a wonderful exhibition of gigantic power. The hunters saw all these proof s of it, as they followed the spoor. The traces of the elephant s strength were visible all along the route. It was enough to beget fear and awe, and none of them were free from such feelings. With so much disposition to commit havoc and ruin in his moments of quietude, what would such a creature be in the hour of excitement and anger No wonder there was fear in the hearts of the hunters, unpractised as some of them were. Still another consideration had its effect upon their minds, particularly on that of the Bushman. There was every reason to believe that the animal was a rover rodeur , what among Indian hunters is termed a rogue. Elephants of this kind are far more dangerous to approach than their fellows. In fact, under ordinary circumstances, there is no more danger in passing through a herd of elephants best full face scuba mask than there would be in going among a drove of tame oxen. It is only when the elephant has been attacked or wounded, that he becomes a dangerous enemy. With regard to the rover or rogue, the case is quite different. He is habitually vicious and will assail either man or any other animal in sight, and without the slightest provocation. He seems to take a pleasure in destruction, and woe to the creature who crosses his path and is not of lighter heels than himself The rover leads a solitary life, rambling alone through, the forest, and coldweather face mask with eye andmouth holes never associating with others of his kind. He appears to be a sort of outlaw from his tribe, banished for bad temper or some other fault, to become more fierce and wicked in his outlawry. There were good reasons for fearing that the elephant they were spooring was a rover. His being alone was of itself baking soda face mask a susp.
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Gone all gone he under armour face mask exclaimed, in a sorrowing voice. Oh Fortune Fortune again art thou cruel Papa do not grieve, said a soft voice we are all alive yet, we are here by your side and with the words a little white hand was laid upon his shoulder. It was the hand of the beautiful Tr uuml ey. It seemed as if an angel had smiled upon him. He lifted the child in his arms, and in a paroxysm of fondness pressed her to his heart. That heart felt relieved. Bring me the tomato face mask Book, said he, addressing one of the boys. The Bible was brought its massive covers were opened a verse was chosen and the song of praise rose up in the midst of the desert. The Book was closed and for some minutes all face protection mask knelt in prayer. When Von Bloom again stood upon his feet, and looked around him, the desert seemed once more to rejoice and blossom as the rose. Upon the human heart such is the magic influence of resignation and humility. Chapter Six. Inspann and Trek With all his confidence in the protection of a Supreme Being, Von Bloom knew that he was not to leave everything to the Divine hand. That was not the religion he had been taught and he at once set about taking measures to extricate himself from the unpleasant position in which he was placed. Unpleasant position Ha It was more than unpleasant, as the field cornet began to perceive. It was a position of peril The more Von Bloom reflected, the more was he convinced of this. There they were, in the middle of a black naked plain, that without a green spot extended beyond the limits of vision. How much farther he could not guess but he knew that the devastations of the migratory locust sometimes cover an are.dear little creature, not less beautiful than the springbok, and of still more diminutive proportions. That was the fawn of an ourebi, one of the elegant little antelopes that are found in such variety over the plains and in the bush of Southern Africa. It was to Hendrik they were indebted not only for this pet, but for a dinner of delicate venison, which they had that day eaten, and which all of them, except Swartboy, preferred to elephant beef. Hendrik had procured the venison by a shot from his rifle, and in the following manner. About midday he went out having fancied that upon a large grassy meadow near the camp he saw some animal. After walking about half a mile, and keeping among bushes, around the edge of the meadow, he got near enough to be sure that it was an animal he had observed, for he now saw two in the place he had marked. They were of a kind he had not met with before. They were very small creatures, smaller even than springboks, but, from their general form and appearance, Hendrik knew face protection mask they were either antelopes or deer and, as Hans had face protection mask told him there were no deer in Southern Africa, he concluded they must be some species of antelope. They were a buck and doe, this he knew because one of them only carried horns. The buck was under two feet in height, of slender make, and pale tawny colour. He was white bellied, with white arches above the eyes, and some long white hair under the throat. Below his knees were yellowish tufts of long hair, and his horns instead of being lyrate, like those of the springbok rose nearly vertical to the height of four inches. They were black in colour, round shaped, and slightly ringed. The doe was without horns, and was a much smaller animal than her mate. From all these marks Hendrik thought the little antelopes were ourebis and such they were. He continued to stalk in upon them, until he was as close as he could get. But he was still more than two hundred yards from them, and of course far from being within shooting distance with his small rifle. A thick jong dora bush concealed him, but he dared not go farther else the game would have taken the alarm. He could perceive that they were shy creatures. Every now and gain the buck would raise his graceful neck to its full stretch, utter a slight blearing call, and look suspiciously around him. From these symptoms Hendrik drew the inference that it was shy game, and would not be easily approached. He lay for a moment, thinking what he should do. He was to leeward of the game, as he had purposely gone there but after a while, to his chagrin, he saw that they were feeding up the.