The Financier

The Financier

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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. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...grew dim and finally died away into the darkness. Tarporley looked up at the moon, which was rapidly sinking down into the west. "They're moving on us," he murmured, "and it'll be dark in half an hour. I don't mind them in the light, but in the darkness, ugh! they'll be like a swarm of rats over us. Ah, I thought so, someone has decided to rouse the camp." There were already faint signs of movement within the line of ramparts. Men, yawning and half asleep, emerged from their huts and tents, rifles in hand, and in less than a quarter of an hour the whole place hummed like a beehive. Oaths were heard on every side. There had been many false alarms during these last few days of suspense. At the first signs of trouble the English Colonists had combined, formed a committee of defence, and had elected a leader. The unpacking of the cases labelled "Mining Machinery" had prepared them for some disturbance, for no one sends out rifles and cartridges to peaceful farmers without a good cause. Then one day a deputation of the chiefs had called on them and intimated that they.had better leave the country before another moon had elapsed. They argued matters peacefully for a fortnight, during which time every man had withdrawn from his own farm into the camp. The site had been chosen by an ex-captain of Royal Engineers, and he had fortified it as best he could with the scanty material at his disposal. It was situated in the midst of an open plain, with no cover for an enemy within five miles of it, and there was a spring of water in the middle of it. Then, to use a newspaper phrase, "diplomatic relations were broken off," and a state of war was declared. The camp was well supplied with water. They had food for more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236490746
  • 9781236490742