The Cape and the Kafirs, Or, Notes of Five Years' Residence in South Africa

The Cape and the Kafirs, Or, Notes of Five Years' Residence in South Africa

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ... which, he is vulnerable everywhere. Men, on the contrary, often take a solitary ramble in search of the buffalo-they have to creep through dense bush to find him; and when they come upon him, in somosmall open space, they are face to face with a fero-skin jacket, but he had further ornamented cious brute, who (unlike the king of the forest) never declines a contest; and who, as he charges his enemy, presents to him a head covered with an impenetrable helmet of massive horn. I firmly believe that it is safer work to track a lion alone than a buffalo; and yet, such is the prestige ofa name, that no one (except one gallant Major, of whom hereafter) ever thinks ofintruding unaccompanied on his 1najesty's rest, while dozens of the Boers take a stroll alone with the hopes of meeting a buffalo. Mynheer Hendrik Rens was a sturdy farmer in the Colesberg district, extremely fond of sport, especially of any sport that endangered his neck. He cared little for shooting a partridge, or hunting a wild buck; but tracking a lion, or intruding on the domestic retreat of a buffalo, this was a genuine source of delight to him. I was enjoying Master I-I6IIllrik's hospitality, and how could I refuse to join him in his favourite sport? He suspected the " whereabouts" of a buffalo, and the idea of leaving the animal in quiet possession of his feeding-ground was too distressing to his mind for him to be able to endure it. Accordingly I agreed to be his companion in searching out the monster, and endeavouring to bag him. Our equipment was rather remarkable as we started, and so Iwill endeavour to give the reader a faint sketch of it. We were mounted on a couple of little tough-looking ponies, and bemg both tall men (and the worthy Dutchman...show more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236872533
  • 9781236872531