Ninja Face Mask hundred feet in doing it, protested the master s mate. You shall not fall six inches, and you ninja face mask will 320 have no opportunity to do so. But if you are all ready to follow my lead, we may as well begin at once, added Christy, who had expected that it would require some persuasion to induce his companion to join him. The first thing the midshipman did was to take off his shoes, and to require Flint to do the same. With these in their hands, Christy paced off twenty steps, which brought him, according to a calculation he had made in the daylight, under a scuttle that led to the roof of the warehouse. Stationing the master s mate as a mark, he laid off five paces at right angles with the first line from the party wall. It was as dark as ninja face mask Egypt, and the scuttle could not be seen but the operator had located it mathematically, and was confident as to its position. Flint was planted under the opening, with the shoes of both at his side. The master s mate was nearly six feet in his stocking feet as he stood, and Christy whispered to him the next thing in his scheme. With the aid of his willing assistant, the midshipman was mounted on the shoulders of the former, where he stood up like an athlete in the gloom, though he almost instantly obtained a hold above with his 321 hands. He unfastened the scuttle, and slid it off the aperture with the greatest care. Then he drew himself up with his strong hands, and was on the roof. Then Flint passed up the shoes, as he reached down for them. Seating himself on one side of the frame, ninja face mask he braced his feet against the other side, and grasped the hands of the mate. It did not work. CHAPTER XXIX THE NEW MATE OF THE COTTON SCHOONER Christy had given himself credit for more physical strength, or Flint for less weight, than the circumstances warranted, and found that he could not draw up his companion as he intended. He made several efforts to accomplish his purpose, but he failed every time. The fear of making a noise cramped his efforts to some extent. Let go, Mr. Passford, whispered Flint, when he realized that his avoirdupois was too much for the young officer. I will get that box, and then I can manage it myself. All right but don t make a particle of noise, added Christy. It required some time for the mate to find the box in the darkness, but he had it in position at last, standing upon one end. Mounting it, he found that his head was on a level with the roof, and he could easily draw himself up but he did not do so at once. 323 What are you waiting for, Flint asked Christy, rather impatiently. If I leave the box where it is, the guard will see.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 Redwood who thus spoke. The Irishman was about making a little hopeful rejoinder, when his speech was 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 ninja face mask 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 ninja face mask 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 full face paintball mask 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 ninja face mask feathers, is white its long, hard beak, which Is very powerful, is of a pale yellow colour and its short, ninja face mask 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.
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 doctor face mask 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 check on the younger man anyway he was a member of the same profession, and Sulewayo would have been the first 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 hydrating face mask diy do the job it had undertaken was another matter. The news reports had spoken glibly of the expedition 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 ninja face mask 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.where we have gone when they inspect the prison at ten o clock, replied Flint. That s so I did not have the box in my plan, and that would tell the guard where to look for us, replied Christy. We must make a line, and haul it up after you. Here are two big handkerchiefs, added Flint, as he removed his neck cloth, and passed up his pocket handkerchief with it. Christy tied the handkerchiefs together with great care, adding two more of his own to the length, which he thought would reach the box, Flint made it fast to the broken end of a board on the side, and then, without the least difficulty or noise, sprang lightly to the roof of the warehouse. With the aid of his companion, Christy drew up the box, careful that it should not strike best cold weather face mask against the frame of the scuttle. The door was closed, though of course they were unable to hook it on the inside, as they had found it but the guard were not likely to notice that it was not fastened before ninja face mask morning. 324 What next, Mr. Passford asked the master s mate, after they had rested for a few minutes from their labors, though they had not been very arduous. The next thing is to get down into the street, where we shall be as safe as though we were as patriotic, over the left, as my Uncle Homer. The burden of the work is done, but I hope we shall be able to kill two birds with one stone, replied Christy, though his meaning was mysterious to his companion. It don t seem to me that we are much better off than we were in the loft, suggested the mate. I believe we are, though I don t think we had better indulge in any long speeches face mask cold weather just now. We have a favorable night, and we must make the best of it. I don t intend to be seen in this town in the morning, but we have the whole night before us. There will be a lively time looking for us to morrow, for I don t think they will be willing that you should get off, though it won t make much difference to them about me. They would not ninja face mask be willing to part with you, my friend. 325 But you made yourself rather noted in helping the Bellevite out last May, and they will have a history of the loss of the Teaser in the newspapers in due time, if they have not had it already and they will not like it a bit when they find that you have stepped out. They are welcome to their own reflections, replied the lieutenant. And they will send a searching party out to your uncle s estate at Glenfield but of course we shall not go near there, said Flint. That is just where I am going, replied Christy, decidedly, for that is where I expect to kill one of the birds with the stone I fire. But we had better be moving, fo.sit had come. Again and again the process was repeated, each time at a slightly different bearing from the central hole and Mitsuitei examined each core for traces of green. At last he found it, piercing charcoal face mask peel off the little cylinder of rock as the other had done and then, at his suggestion, Lampert reset the mole to get a sample in the opposite direction from the one which had furnished the new specimen. This also checked positive and four more samples, taken along the same line at various distances, all did the same. Apparently the line of green extended for some distance, about parallel both to the surface of the ground and the trend of the joint in which it was buried. Mitsuitei was radiant. I m going down to that level if I have to come back with an expedition of my own If that s a fossil worm, it s worth getting the whole length anyway but I don t believe it is. I That will take a lot of time, you know, Lampert pointed out mildly. Certainly I know Even if I use your fast excavator down to the tuff level, I ll have to do detail work from then on. What of it Well, the others may have jobs they want to do Then they can do them What are we here for, anyway I thought it was to investigate the past of this planet Ndomi and Hans are doing that their own way right now. Why can t I I m an archaeologist, and I came along to do any archaeological work that presented itself to do this is the only thing of the sort anyone s seen so far. I know what you re thinking. Maybe you re partly right. I certainly won t bet any money that this thread of green is a fossil telephone wire but it s as likely to be that as anything else you ve suggested, and I m going down to that level and sift the whole volume. Hans and Ndomi can have any fossils I find if that will make you happier and if one of them says he has no use for fossils he didn t dig himself, I ll make him eat his words. I can identify, locate and report on anything that turns up ninja face mask in a rock as well as any of those jigsaw puzzle people and I can do it in mud, too, which is more than any of them could manage. Don t get hot under the collar. If you can help it on this planet. You sound as though one of the boys had been giving you a lecture on the importance of knowing what strata a given series of specimens represent. Not one of our boys they have a little more sense. But there was a young paleontologist when I was covering the Antares worlds whose memory still makes my blood pressure go up. Never mind me that s not important. But I want to make this dig. It will tie up machines, however freely we can spare time, Lampert said slowly. I ll te.
Ninja Face Mask range and somewhat fearful spectacle that slight human form, sixty or seventy feet above their heads, at such a vast elevation so diminished in size as to appear like a child or a pigmy, and the more fearful to them who could not convince themselves of the security of the slender stair upon which he was standing. They were half expecting that, at any moment, one of the pegs would give way, and precipitate the poor fellow to the earth, a crushed and shapeless mass It was just as when some courageous workman in a manufacturing town bricklayer or carpenter ascends to the top of one of its tall factory chimneys, to repair some damage done by fire crack or lightning, and the whole populace of the place rushes out of doors, to look up at the strange spectacle, and admire the daring individual, while trembling in fear for his fate. So full face dive mask stood the little party under the tall durion tree, regarding the ascent of Saloo. Chapter Fifteen. Something Sharp. The Malay had ascended, as already said, to within ten or twelve feet from the lower limbs of the tree, and was still engaged driving in his pegs and binding on the upright bamboo to continue his ascent, when all at once he was seen to start and abruptly suspend operations. At the same time an exclamation escaped his lips, in a low tone, but seemingly in accents of alarm. They all looked up apprehensively, and also started away from the tree for they expected to see him come tumbling down in their midst. But no he was still standing firm upon the last made round of the ladder, and in an erect attitude, hydrating diy face mask as if he had no fear of falling. With one hand he held the axe, the other gently grasping the upright bamboo that served him for a support. Instead of looking down to them, to call out or claim their assistance, they saw that his eyes were turned upward and fixed, as if on some object directly over his head. It did not appear to be among the branches ninja face mask of the durion, but as if in the trunk of the tree and in the interval of silence that succeeded his first quick exclamation, they could hear a hissing sound, such as might proceed from the throat of a goose when some stranger intrudes upon the domain of the farmyard. As it was carried down the smooth stem of the durion, which acted as a conductor, the spectators underneath guessed it was not a goose, but some creature of a less innocent kind. A snake, be japers was the conjecture that dropped from the ship carpenter s lips, while the same thought occurred simultaneously to the others for they could think of no living thing, other than a serpent, capable of sending forth such a sibilant so.is promotion, or rather appointment. The government promptly obtained possession from the court of the prize steamer, and the repairs and alterations upon her were begun at once. She had proved herself to be a fast sailer, and had logged sixteen knots, so that much was expected of her. Captain Passford, after his son had pleaded so 348 earnestly for the promotion of the master s mate and the fireman, asked Christy what he expected in the way of promotion for himself. The young officer did not ask for any promotion, he was abundantly satisfied with his present rank, and he rather preferred to retain it. His father laughed, and declared that he was very glad of it, for he had some delicacy head full face snorkel mask in asking favors for a member of his own family. Corny still remained at the house of his uncle and he was as thoroughbred a rebel as his father, though he said next to nothing about his cause. At a later period both he and Major Pierson were duly exchanged but the gallant officer had come to the conclusion that Miss Florry Passford was very far from being infatuated with him. As the Bronx, which was the name given to the Teaser at the suggestion of Captain Passford, was to be ready about as soon as the legal proceedings would permit of the departure of the officers and seamen of the Bellevite, they were ninja face mask ordered to return to their ship in her. Flint s commission as a master, and Sampson s as an assistant engineer, were received. Christy s companion in the night expeditions had not expected to be anything more 349 than a midshipman, and he was immeasurably delighted at his good fortune. Then it appeared that other influences than that of Captain Passford had been employed, for Christy, almost in spite of himself, was promoted to the rank of master, his commission antedating that of Flint. Mr. Blowitt was appointed to the command of the Bronx, with Master Passford as first lieutenant, and Master Flint as second and Christy was to take her to the Gulf. She was to be used at the black face masks discretion of the flag officer after she had delivered her passengers on board of the Bellevite, and received her new commander. The Bronx was soon ready for sea with her new ship s company, and sailed for her destination, where Christy was to make some further inquiries into operations On the Blockade. The End.