Scenes and Sports in Foreign Lands; Illustrated with a Series of Drawings Taken from Nature Volume 2

Scenes and Sports in Foreign Lands; Illustrated with a Series of Drawings Taken from Nature Volume 2

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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. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ... this was the end of the feast; many were completely floored, and others had just sense enough left to make a timely retreat. The Doctor, young 148 A CLOUDY NIGHT. Smithwaite, and myself were among the latter; they shared my tent, to which we managed to steerour course. On emerging into the open air, we were struck by the unusual appearance of the atmosphere; there was not a breath of wind; a mass of heavy black clouds seemed to rest like a leaden mantle on the very tents, which were brought out in strong relief on the dark background of murky vapour. A few heavy drops of rain, at long intervals between them, was all that disturbed the unnatural stillness which reigned around; when " From camp to camp, through the foul womb of night, The hum of either army stilly sounds, That the fixed sentinels almost receive The secret whispers of each other's watch." In short, everything seemed to prognosticate one of those violent and sud den storms which, though seldom, do THE WHIRLWIND. 149 sometimes visit these regions during the hot season. We roused our people, and with directions to secure the tent as well as possible, turned in to await the event; nor were we long kept in suspense; the rain came down in torrents, and after having saturated the ground, and loosened the tent pegs, was followed by a whirlwind which soon laid in the mud half the tents of the encampment. The ground we occupied happened to be some dried up rice fields, which in the course of half an hour hecame a complete swamp, and presented a scene of inexplicable confusion. Thanks to the precautions we had taken, the tent occupied by us still held its own; but how long it might continue to do so was uncertain. We were, besides, in utter dark. ness; for a single instant...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236780930
  • 9781236780935