The Tiger-Slayer; A Tale of the Indian Desert

The Tiger-Slayer; A Tale of the Indian Desert

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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. 186? edition. Excerpt: ...minute to minute, spread over the scene a purple and gold glare, which gave it a fantastic appearance. Already, on two different occasions, enormous clouds of smoke spangled with sparks had whirled over the heads of the two men. ' " Halloh! what is happening now?" the lepero suddenly exclaimed. " Look at our horses, Don Martial." In fact, the noble heasts, with neck outstretched and ears laid back, were breathing heavily, stamping on the ground, and trying to escape from their riders. " Caspita! " the Tigrero said calmly, " they smell the fire, that is all." " What fire? Do you think the prairie is on fire? " " Of course. You can see it as well as I if you like." " Hem! what is the meaning of that?" " Not much. It is one of the ordinary Indian tricks. We are in the Comanche moon: are you not aware of that?" " I beg your pardon, I am not a wood-ranger. I confess to you that all this alarms me greatly, and that I would willingly give a trifle to be out of it." " You are a child," Don Martial answered him laughingly. " It is evident that the Indians have fired the prairie to conceal their numbers: they are coming up behind the fire. You will soon hear their war-cry sounding amid the clouds of smoke and fire which are approaching, and will soon surround us. By remaining here you run three risks--of being roasted, scalped, or lulled: three most unpleasant things, I grant, and which I do not think will suit you. You had better come with me. If you are killed, well, what then? It is a risk to run. Come, dismount; the fire is gaining on us: soon we shall not have the chance. What will you do?" " I will follow you," the lepero replied in a mournful voice. "I must. I was mad--deuce take me!--to leave Guaymas, where I was so happy--where I lived without...show more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236678192
  • 9781236678195