Remarkable Escapes from Peril

Remarkable Escapes from Peril

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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. 1799 edition. Excerpt: ...his tail like a cat just going to spring. This I knew was a critical moment, not having a charge of ball in my gun. I moved about as if in search of something in the grass, taking care to retreat at the same time. After getting, as I thought, a suitable distance to turn my back, I moved somewhat more quickly; but in my anxiety to escape what was behind, I did not see what was before, until startled by treading on a large cobra da capello serpent, asleep in the grass. It instantly twirled its body round my leg, on which I had nothing but a thin pair of trousers, when I leaped from the spot, dragging the venomous and enraged reptile with me; and while in the act of throwing itself into a position to bite, without turning round, I threw my piece over my shoulder and shot it. Taking it by the tail, I brought it to my people at the wagons, who, on examining the bags of poison, asserted, that had the creature bitten me, I could never have reached the wagons. The serpent was six feet long." It was the parting promise of our Saviour to his disciples--when commanding them to evangelize the world--that his followers should "take up serpents;" and that "if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them." We have seen, in the above adventure, how singularly the first part of the promise was fulfilled; and a subsequent incident in Mr. Moffat's life will show how the second portion of it was also exemplified in his eventful career. "On one occasion," he writes, "I was remarkably preserved when all expected that my race was run. We had reached the river early in the afternoon, after a dreadfully scorching ride across a plain. Three of my companions, who were in advance, rode forward to a Bushman village, on an ascent...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236523172
  • 9781236523174