South African Sketches

South African Sketches

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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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...just bit a few hairs out of the nag's tail, nothing more. I didn't stop till I'd gone a good half-mile; and then, seeing no more of the snake, I turned back. Gosh! it makes me hot to think of it now." We remained silent at the conclusion of this strange story, and the one-eyed digger looked round at us while mopping his forehead, for he had grown warm with the recital. The awkward silence was broken by the dipsomaniac, Raising his head from the liquorbesprinkled and dirty boards which did duty for a counter, he waved his hand graciously towards the digger, and said: "Tears to me, to be duty d'volved 'pon me to r'turn thanks of hon'rble comp'ny. Mo' int'resting story--mo' int'resting. Ber you hav'nt said what b'came of ole woman." We were beginning to breathe again, with a sense of relief from restraint, when the storyteller once more spoke. "It's a queer yarn, isn't it?" he inquired. "Sounds almost incredible, don't it?" "Yes, it does--almost," said my partner. "Still," continued the one-eyed digger, "it's as true as gospel--every word of it. I hope none of you don't think as I've been lying." "Oh, no--certainly not." "Because, if so as any one of you did think so, and would like to put words to it, we can soon see who's the best man outside." And he began to roll up his shirt-sleeves and expose a pair of brawny, sunburnt arms. We all believed it to be a stupendous lie; but was it worth while to incur the risk of receiving a couple of black eyes, or perhaps of being reduced to the monocular condition of this romancer, simply for the satisfaction of telling him that we considered him to have been guilty of unmitigated mendacity? No, certainly not. Besides, had not...
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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236580826
  • 9781236580825