The Sealskin Cloak

The Sealskin Cloak

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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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...instituted on board the Fatima. Mrs. Baldhill was discovered to be a valuable and an instructive referee on Australian matters, as more than one of the military youth had a brother or cousin in the Great South Land; while Mr. Baldhill's cheery good-nature and unaffected hospitality endeared him to the whole society. When it gradually became known that the party contemplated making their way across the desert to Kesseyr, a strong protest was entered against the proposed route. "Why not go back by the river now? The line is quite safe to Assioot, the first two hundred and fifty miles. And there's a steamer up and down every day of the week to Cairo." "We arranged to go the other way," said Mr. Baldhill. "It would be treating the man we made the bargain with shabbily if we went back on him. I think we'll see it out, now we're started." "If it were not for the ladies, I'd say it wouldn't make much difference," said the Major. "But there might be trouble in the desert with these wandering Arab fellows. I really don't think it's half safe." Mr. Baldhill, however, like many other people, was anxious and troubled in mind when he thought there was only one way open to him, but now that there was a choice of paths, and with the probability of one being much the safer of the two, he somewhat illogically clung to his first decision. As for Isabel, she wouldn't hear of any departure from their agreement with Omar and Akbar-ebnMoharrek "It will be breaking faith with him, and would lower the English character in the eyes of the Arabs. Besides, nobody would know what became of Omar, and I shouldn't get my horses. It's not to be thought of." Finally it was decided, not without a protest from...show more

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  • Paperback | 210 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 386g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236937961
  • 9781236937964