The Traveller's Library Volume 8

The Traveller's Library Volume 8

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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. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ...that seemed to fire the heavens, came to warn us that we could do nothing but leave ourselves entirely in the hands of Providence. The icy wind of the North soon blew with such violence, that we were compelled to seek some shelter in a gorge that opened to the side of us, but we had not time to reach it before the tempest burst upon us. At first there fell rain in torrents, then hail, and then halfmelted snow, that wetted us to the skin. We had alighted in the hope that walking might tend to keep us warm, but our legs sank into the deep, wet sand, so that it was impossible for us to go on.; and the only thing we could do was to crouch down by the side of our camels, and cling closely to them, to keep a little vital warmth in our bodies. Whilst the storm was beating upon us in all its fury, we awaited with resignation whatever it might please Providence to appoint for us. To pitch the tent was impossible in the state of the canvas, wet as it was, and nearly frozen by the north wind; we could find no place for it either, for the water was pouring over the whole ground. In this painful situation, we looked at each other sorrowfully, for we felt the natural heat of the body every moment diminishing; our blood seemed to be about to freeze, and, persuaded that we should die during the night, we endeavoured to resign our lives to God. One of the party, however, summoning all his strength and energy, climbed to a height that overlooked the neighbouring gorge, and at length discovered a path which, after a thousand windings, conducted to the bottom of the ravine, and following this for a short distance, he perceived, on the side of the mountain, large openings resembling doors. He ran eagerly to announce his discovery to his companions; his words...
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  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 458g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236970721
  • 9781236970725