The King's Rifle

The King's Rifle

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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. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...the mere pursuit of pleasure expend my ammunition, which was getting somewhat low, or destroy the game which represented my future sustenance. It must not, however, be imagined that Silva Porto's partridges alone furnished my modest table with a dish. Hundreds of African wood-pigeons fiitted in and out the shelter of the trees on the banks of the Cuito and in the mornings and evenings came down to wet their beaks in the stream. My young negroes occasionally caught the latter with gins and snares, when they would make a no unwelcome pendant to my toujours per(lri.r, flanked by a dish or two of baked dough, made with maize flour, and which did duty for bread. In this way I managed to reduce my personal out-lay, which represented at least four yards of white calico per day, the cost of a couple of fowls. The delay, bringing with it, as it did, the rapid decrease of my resources, caused me to modify my plans. The dreaded mucano was ever in my thoughts, and I felt that if any one should plant a claim upon me, it would simply render my leaving the Bihe impossible. Besides this, the want of occupation was beginning to tell prejudicially upon my men, and vices would creep out which amid the fatigue and excitement of travel lay dormant. Danger therefore, in various shapes, like so many swords of Damocles, hung suspended above my head; so after much cogitation I determined to give myself the advantage of strength, and defend my property at every hazard. This determination required arms, and not arms alone, but a good store of other munitions of war. I possessed ten Snider rifles, given me by Oapello and Ivens; I managed also to obtain eleven of those left behind him by Cameron at the termination of his journey, and to supply these...show more

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236781627
  • 9781236781628