The Traveller's Library Volume 9

The Traveller's Library Volume 9

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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: ... almost shoulders deep. Within the hut, too, every thing vas silent, save from the occasioned rattle of the chessmen, and a low " Check " from one or the other, as we whiled away the midnight hour at the favourite game, to the infinite amusement of Jacob. Suddenly, a jaekall uttered his vacant derisive cry within fifty yards of the hut; and, as either jackalls or wolves had lately carried off some ox-hide harness, I stealthily reached my rifle, and crept to the door. At this moment another and another cry followed in close succession at the back of the waggon, but rather nearer than before; and I was on the point of gliding out of the hut, when Jacob laid his finger on his lips, and motioned me to keep quite still: at the same time throwing wood ashes on the fire to deaden the glare. A long shrill "Aha--Eh--Aha-Ehey-Ehey," followed by heavy footsteps, as ofalarge quadruped, now approached ' to within twenty yards of the hut, and there stood still for a few seconds; whereupon Jacob seized his assegai, and quietly took up his position at the door, by my side, whispering, " Caffoola lo--ai timbeese" (That's a Caffre--not a wolf). After a short pause we heard footsteps of two persons cautiously approaching the hut in the rear, and on reaching it we heard a fumbling in the thatch, moving it to one side so as to view the interior of the hut. Fortunately ATTEMPTED ROBBERY OF THE HUT. Jacob had provided against this by deadening the fire, so that, within the hut, every thing was as pitch dark as without, where you could not have seen your hand before your eyes. My first impulse was to send a bullet to the spot from whence the rustling of the thatch proceeded; but, as that might have set fire to the hut, more

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  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 236g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236792521
  • 9781236792525