Harper's Young People Volume 757-783

Harper's Young People Volume 757-783

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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. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ... He called both several times, but received no response. Then he staggered weakly to his feet, and as soon as he was fairly up a stifling cloud of smoke drifted into his face, filling his eyes and mouth, and making breathing absolutely painful. A sullen roar, now too plain to be mistaken, broke on his hearing, and when he looked behind and to one side he saw a distant semicircle of dull glowing red, with here and there a forked flashing tongue of flame. Mert suddenly realized the full horror of his situation, and pain and dizziness fled before a mad desire to escape from so terrible a death. He knew that the wind had certainly changed, and was driving the fire along the ridge and the south slope of the mountain. Unfortunately he did not realize how far he had come. He had a vague idea. of getting well ahead of the flames, and cutting down across them to the valley, as he ran blindly forward amid the murky gloom. He was too wise to court danger by trying that step while the fire was so close behind him. He was keenly alert also to the precipice--which he believed to be a quarter of a mile off--and to the hazardous crags and gullies of the north slope. His present plan, he reflected hopefully, was a good one. It must surely succeed. So the lad blundered on as rapidly as he could, bumping into trees and stones, measuring his length over roots and slippery leaves, rising up with torn clothes and lacerated hands, yet never losing heart or courage. At intervals he shouted for Andy and Tip, but the angry roar of the wind and flames drowned his feeble voice. Thicker and thicker came the dense volumes of smoke, until every breath was a torment, and his eyes stung as though pierced by needles. At length he turned a hunted look over his shoulder to...show more

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  • Paperback | 396 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 703g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236806751
  • 9781236806758