Happy Face Mask tinued to bite me but these I would get rid of in time. Well I remained on the apex, now bending down to beat back the soldiers that still swarmed upward, and then occupying myself in trying to get rid of the few that crawled upon me. I felt no longer any uneasiness on the score of the insects though I was not a bit better off as regarded the bull, who still kept guard below. I fancied, however, that he now showed symptoms of weariness, and would soon raise the siege and this prospect made me feel more cheerful. A sudden change came over me. A new thrill of terror awaited me. While jumping about upon the top of the cone, my footing suddenly gave way the baked clay broke happy face mask with a dead crash, and I sank through the roof. My feet shot down into the hollow dome till I thought I must have crushed the great queen in her chamber and I stood buried to the neck. I was surprised, and a little terrified, not by the shock I had experienced in the sudden descent. That was natural enough, and a few moments would happy face mask have restored my equanimity but it was something else that frightened me. It was something that moved under my feet as they touched bottom, something that moved and heaved under them, and then passed quickly away, letting me still farther down What could it be Was it the great swarm of living ants that I pressed upon I did not think it was. It did not feel like them. It seemed to be something bulky and strong, for it held up my whole weight for a moment or two, before it slipped from under me. Whatever it was, it frightened me very considerably and I what is a niche for disposable dust masks did not leave my feet in its company for five seconds time. No the hottest furnace would scarce have scorched them during the time they remained inside the dark dome. In five seconds they were on the walls again on the broken edges, where I had mounted up, and where I now stood quite speechless with surprise What next I could keep the ants off no longer. I gazed down the dark cavity they were swarming up that way in thick crowds. I could brush them down no more. My eyes at this moment chanced to wander to the bull. He was standing at three or four paces distance from the base of the hill. He was standing sideways with his head turned to it, and regarding it with a wild look. His attitude was entirely changed, and so, I thought, was the expression of his eye. He looked as if he had just run off to his new position, and was ready to make a second start. He looked as if something had also terrified him Something evidently had for, in another moment, he uttered a sharp rout, galloped several paces farther out, wheeled again, halted, an.attacked, and McLaughlin s very evident relief at seeing him did nothing to ease his black half face mask feelings. He began to set up the machinery. This consisted of an assembly very similar to the drilling mole a small delving robot drawing a slender tail behind it, the tail wound on a drum which surrounded the control unit. A dozen smaller cylinders reposed in attached clips. The attached borer, Lampert explained to the guide, goes down to any depth I set, up to two hundred fifty meters. It can produce any of the three normal types of earthquake wave, singly or in any combination, with sufficient intensity to be detected at a range of over two kilometers in reasonably well conducting rock. The small cylinders are detectors, equipped not only to receive and analyze the wave coming through the ground but to measure electronically their location with respect to each other and the main station. I can use as many of them as I please, up to the full dozen but they can be planted only a little way below the surface. There exists equipment for getting readings at depths comparable to that of the transmitter, but I neoprene half face mask don t have it. As it stands, by spotting the receivers carefully I can get a pretty good picture of the formations for a radius of a kilometer and a depth even greater with ten minutes measuring and ten hours computing. How far out do you plan to place these receivers the guide asked pointedly. Well I hadn t made a detailed plan of that. I d rather like to have them in radiating lines of three, the lines spreading about fifteen degrees, and the individual cylinders about two hundred meters apart. And just how were you going to place them I gather that someone has to walk the best part of four kilometers or do these things fly, in addition to their other abilities Er someone walks. I thought perhaps, since you don t like the idea of my going alone through the jungle, that I might stand guard over Take in the pit while you set them out. Hmm. The guide did not explode, to Lampert s relief. It had not occurred to the scientist that the job of wandering around a hole in the ground waiting for animals which never came might get a little boring to a man of McLaughlin s background. Let s go over first and see how Dr. Mitsuitei is getting along. I guess you could stand over him with a gun for half an hour. Of course, the cover runs dangerously close to the pit. Maybe we d better burn it off to a safer distance still, I guess that won t be necessary. You can stand out here where it s relatively clear, and see all the approaches to the pit. Something might jump in without your having time to hit.
y the captain and the engineers, sir. This man with me is Dave, and he was a steward on board of the Teaser. He has given me valuable information, and I have not regarded him as a prisoner, replied the lieutenant. I understand, said the commander, with a smile, as he saw the yellow hue of the steward s face. We will not regard him as a prisoner. But you may send the others on board. Captain Folkner was in no better humor than before, and a berth in the steerage was assigned to 260 him. The other prisoners were sent on board, and Captain Breaker had ordered Christy to anchor the prize near the Bellevite. I don t feel as though I had quite finished my work, said Christy, as he walked towards the gangway to obey the order. What more is there to do asked the commander. It would take me a little time to tell the story of my trip into the bay, sir, and I think you would not understand what more is to be done until you have heard it, replied Christy. Then I will hear you before you anchor the Teaser, said the captain, leading the way to his cabin. The lieutenant narrated the events of his trip across Santa Rosa Island. Captain Breaker was not a little amused at his scheme to get rid of the portion of the crew of the privateer before he captured her. I never suspected that you were the possessor of so much audacity, Christy, said he, when the lieutenant had put him in possession of all the facts. I did not know that I had more than my fair 261 share, sir, and I don t know what I have done that is at all audacious, replied Christy, very meekly. It is happy face mask a very dark and foggy night, but I don t believe that I have another officer who would have cheek enough to pretend to be a pilot in Pensacola Bay, and to be in possession of the guard boat at the same time. Captain Folkner put the idea into my head, and I think I should have been an idiot not to make use of it, considering the nature of my mission on board of the Teaser. It is a wonder that no one knew you were not Gilder. The men in the guard boat did not expose me, and admitted by their silence that I was the person I claimed to be, replied Christy, with happy face mask a twinkle of the eyes. Your scheme would have failed ninety nine times out of a hundred. If it had happy face mask failed, I had force enough to clean out the enemy on board, so that I ran no risk but I was ordered to avoid a fight, and I did so, argued Christy. You were exceedingly fortunate and the next 262 time you try such a trick, it may lead you into a rebel prison. It was not my fault that the ship s company of the Teaser were at issue among themselves, and I should happy face mask have been an imbecile.ion with which she could help herself. It was not improbable that she was aground. She was not armed with a single heavy gun, or with any gun, and she was entirely harmless. Christy breathed more freely when he realized the situation of the Vampire. Probably she was provided with one or more boats, and it was possible that Captain Carboneer might attempt to board the Bellevite as soon as he discovered her. The deck of the steam yacht was not very far above the water, and if a boat full of desperate men could get alongside of the ship, it would not be a very difficult matter for them to mount the side. Port a little, said Christy to the quartermasters at the wheel. Keep her well over to the west shore. Steady. A moment later the steamer had her course for passing the Vampire, and Christy left happy face mask the pilot house 129 to obtain a better view of the situation and movements of the enemy. It was not so dark as to prevent him from seeing all that was going on upon her deck, for the Bellevite had to pass within pistol shot of her to avoid getting aground on the edge of the channel. Sampson and the rest of the old ship s company gathered near him, where they could see over the rail. The oiler, as Paul Vapoor had instructed him to do, had armed all these men with a cutlass and a revolver, and very likely some or all of them would have been glad to make use of them. They are loading into a boat on the port side of the Vampire, sir, and it looks as though they intended to do something without delay, said Sampson and, as the steamer had come zipper face mask about since she was disabled, this was the side nearest to the shore. I see that they are hurrying some movement with all their might, replied the midshipman, watching with the most intense interest the operations of the enemy. Sampson, get out half a dozen sixty pound, solid shot, and put them on the plankshear, twenty feet apart. Take all hands with you, and hurry up. 130 The oiler asked no questions, though he might have been excused for wondering what the young commander intended to do with shot without powder. In a few minutes the shot were in place, as Christy had directed. The midshipman was watching with all his eyes the movement of the enemy, and, as the Bellevite approached the position of the wreck, the boat darted out from the other side of her. It began to be exciting for the middy, loaded with the responsibility of the safety of the steamer, though he seemed to be as cool as Boxie himself, who had seen some sea fights in his day. Christy leaped on the rail of the ship, where he could obtain a full view of the situation. The boat was ap.Chapter One. The Boors. Hendrik Von Bloom was a boor. My young English reader, do not suppose that I mean any disrespect to Mynheer Von Bloom, by calling him a boor. In our good Cape colony a boor is a farmer. It is no reproach to be called a farmer. Von Bloom was one a Dutch farmer of the Cape a boor. The boors of the Cape colony have figured very considerably in modern history. Although naturally a people inclined to peace, they have been forced into various balaclava face mask wars, both with native Africans and Europeans and in these wars they have acquitted themselves admirably, and given proofs that a pacific people when need be can fight just as well as those who are continually exulting in the ruffian glory of the soldier. But the boors have been accused of cruelty in their wars especially those carried on against the native face mask benefits races. In an abstract point of view the accusation might appear just. But when we come to consider the provocation, received at the hands of these savage enemies, we learn to look more leniently upon the conduct of the Cape Dutch. It is a disposable face mask a toe of respirator is true they reduced the yellow Hottentots to a state of slavery but at that same time, we, the English, were transporting ship loads of black Guineamen across the Atlantic, while the Spaniards and Portuguese were binding the Red men of America in fetters as tight and hard. Another point to be considered is the character of the natives with whom the Dutch boors had to deal. The keenest cruelty inflicted upon them by the colonists was mercy, compared with the treatment which these savages had to bear at the hands of their own despots. This does not justify the Dutch for having reduced the Hottentots to a state of slavery but, all circumstances considered, there is no one of the maritime nations who can gracefully accuse them of cruelty. In their dealings with the aborigines of the Cape, they have had to do with savages of a most wicked and degraded stamp and the history of colonisation, under such circumstances, could not be otherwise then full of unpleasant episodes. Young reader, I could easily defend the conduct of the boors of Cape colony, but I have not space here. I can only give you my opinion and that is, that they are a brave, strong, healthy, moral, peace loving, industrious race lovers of truth, and friends to republican freedom in short, a noble race of men. Is it likely, then, when I called Hendrik Von Bloom a boor, that I meant him any disrespect Quite the contrary. But Mynheer Hendrik had not always been a boor. He could boast of a somewhat higher condition that is, he could boast of a better education than the mere C.
Happy Face Mask e very things for us to sit upon, sister Nell. As he spoke, he stooped down and commenced turning over one of the shells of the immense bivalve both of are disposable masks used during surgery on the patient which had been hitherto lying with their concave side uppermost. It was nigh as much as the boy, still weak, could do to roll it over, though Helen, seeing the difficulty, laid hold with her little hands and assisted him. Both happy face mask the huge cockles were speedily capsized and their convex surfaces rising nearly a foot above the level of the ground, gave the young people an excellent opportunity of getting seated. Both sat down each upon a shell laughing at the odd kind of stools thus conveniently provided for them. They had not been long in their sedentary attitude, when a circumstance occurred which told them how unsafe a position happy face mask they had chosen. They were conversing without fear, when Henry all at once felt something strike him on the arm, and then, with a loud crash, drop down upon the shell close under his elbow, chipping a large piece out of it. His first impression was that some one had thrown a stone at him. It had hit him on the arm, just creasing it but on looking at the place where he had been happy face mask hit, he saw that the sleeve of his jacket was split, or rather torn, from shoulder to elbow, as if a sharp tooth curry comb had been drawn violently along it. He felt pain, moreover, and saw blood upon his shirt underneath He looked cute face mask quickly around to ascertain who had thus rudely assailed him anxiously, too, for he was in some dread of seeing a savage spring from the bushes close by. On turning, he at once beheld the missile that had rent his jacket sleeve lying on the sand beside him. It was no stone, but a round or slightly oval shaped ball, as big as a ten pound shot, of a deep green colour, and covered all over with spurs like the skin of a hedgehog He at once saw that it had not been thrown at him by any person for, with the sharp, prickly protuberances thickly set all over it, no one could have laid hand upon it. Clearly it had fallen from the tree overhead. Helen had perceived this sooner than he for sitting a little way off, she had seen the huge ball drop in a perpendicular direction though it had descended with the velocity of lightning. Beyond doubt, que bella face mask it was some fruit or nut, from the tree under which they were seated. From the way in which the jacket sleeve had suffered, happy face mask as well as the skin underneath to say nothing of the piece chipped out happy face mask of the shell it was evident, that had the ponderous pericarp fallen upon Henry s skull, it would have crushed it as a bullet would the shell of an egg. Young as the two were, th.ve done a shot from Captain Redwood s rifle. It was heard by the captain himself, strolling among the tree trunks, and looking aloft for game by Murtagh on the river bank, endeavouring to beguile the sly fish to his baited hook by Saloo, wading knee deep in search of Singapore oysters and by Henry swimming about upon the buoyant incoming tide. More distinctly than all the rest, the little Helen heard it since it was she who gave it utterance. It was a cry of distress, and brought all the others together, and running toward the point whence it came. There was no happy face mask difficulty about their knowing the direction, for one and all recognised Helen s voice, and knew where she had been left. In less than sixty seconds time they stood together upon the bank of the stream, on the same spot from which they had parted and there beheld a spectacle that thrilled them with fear, and filled them with horror. The girl, finding it not deep enough by the edge of the stream at this point nearly a hundred yards in width had waded midway across, where it came quite up to her neck and there she stood, her head alone showing above the surface. Beyond her, and coming from the opposite side, showed another head, so hideous it was no wonder that, on first perceiving it, she had given way to affright, and voice to her terror. It was the head of an enormous reptile, of lizard shape, that had crawled out from a reedy covert on the opposite side of the river, and having silently let itself down into the water, was now swimming toward the terrified bather. There could be no mistaking the monster s intent, for it was coming straight toward its victim. A gavial cried Saloo, as his eyes rested on the body of the huge saurian, full twenty feet in length, with its head over a yard long, and jaws nearly the same, the upper one surmounted by a long knob like protuberance, that distinguishes it from all other reptiles. A gavial echoed the others, though not inquiringly for they knew too well both the shape and character of the creature that was crossing the river. As all four first reached the bank arriving nearly at the same instant of time there were about twenty yards between the hideous saurian and her who seemed destined to destruction. On first perceiving her danger, the girl had made a few plunges to get back to the bank but, hindered by the depth to which she had unwarily waded, and overcome by terror, she had desisted from the attempt and now stood neck deep, giving utterance to cries of despair. What was to be done In less than a minute more the jaws of the saurian would close upon her crashing her fai.