The Great Thirst Land, a Ride Through Natal, Orange Free State, Transvaal and Kalahari Desert

The Great Thirst Land, a Ride Through Natal, Orange Free State, Transvaal and Kalahari Desert

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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. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...doing so, the foremost charged the hole my man was standing in front of; in a moment the animal went between his legs, tossed him several feet into the air, and he landed on his back, having completed a somersault. The foremost pig disappeared into the bowels of the earth, but the other, doubtlessly scared by my attendant falling right before him, made a detour, and again scampered off over the velt. I could not overlook the insult my gillie had received, so did my utmost to make my horse overtake the companion of the perpetrator of the outrage. The pursued and pursuer were both getting tired, though, if anything, I had the best of it; but the brute kept doubling so, backward and forward, that it was as often on my left flank as on my right. Again and again I tried to bring my weapon into play, but was baulked. At length a chance arrived--a slight inequality of the ground gave me the advantage, and I delivered a severe jobbing thrust; but no sooner had the creature felt the steel, than, out of sheer perverseness--I am certain for no other reason--it turned sharp to the left, knocked my horse's fore-legs from under him, and gave me as clean a coup as ever man got, or wishes to receive. When I got up I had stars in my eyes; I was dumbfounded, and utterly incapable of further equestrian exploits; so I looked after the game still in flight, and heaped blessings on its head. When my disaster occurred, the quarry was heading for the sanctuary its friend was now snugly ensconced in, and into it it would also go if my attendant did not bar its way. But, after the rough treatment he had received lately, I did not expect much of him. But when little is expected much sometimes is obtained. The hog approached the hole; the Macalaca fled so OUR PIG-STICKING...show more

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  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236491939
  • 9781236491930