Adventures Round the World

Adventures Round the World

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...some good sport. "Presently I caught sight of some half-dozen ostriches feeding leisurely down the wind towards me; and almost at the same moment I espied another, all by itself, coming from the opposite direction. The new-comer mingled with the rest of the herd quietly enough; and I was just beginning to get ready for a pop at them, seeing that they were within easy rifle-range, when, all at once, to my unspeakable amazement, one of them fell over on the ground as if dead; and before I could even guess at how it happened, down toppled a second, and, presently after, a third! "There was no mistake about it--dead they were, as any door-nail, whatever it might be that had done it. My curiosity was too strong to let me remain quiet any longer; so forward I crept, to see what might be the meaning of this unaccountable epidemic. But, at my approach, the whole herd took flight, except the one I had seen coming up by itself; and it, as I neared it, seemed to fall to pieces all at once, and in its stead rose up an ugly little black Bushman, no bigger than a boy, and with a face like an old-fashioned door-knocker! "I don't think I was ever so much astonished in my life; and really, for the moment, I dia almost believe the native bogey-tales of the Bushmen being great sorcerers, with the power of taking any shape they pleased. My new acquaintance seemed quite as much confounded as myself; but I could see that he thought I meant him no good, for, as I came on, he fitted an arrow to his bow, and made ready to shoot at me, which wasn't very pleasant, for I happened to know that all their arrows are poisoned, and with a poison for which there is no known antidote. So, as I had no wish to shoot the fellow, and still less to be shot myself, more

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  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236641205
  • 9781236641205