of wood, hollowed out, yet weighing three or four pounds.
In the morning I had a difficult problem to face. Water I must find at all costs, or I must go home. There was time enough for me to get back without suffering much, but if so I must give up my explorations. This I was determined not to do. The more I looked at these red cliffs the more eager I was to find out their secret. There must be water somewhere; otherwise how account for the lushness of the vegetation?
My horse was a veld pony, so I set him loose to see what he would do. He strayed back on the path to Umvelos'. This looked bad, for it meant that he did not smell water along the cliff front. If I was to find a stream it must be on the top, and I must try a little mountaineering.
Then, taking my courage in both my hands, I decided. I gave my pony a cut, and set him off on the homeward road. I knew he was safe to get back in four or five hours, and in broad day there was little fear of wild beasts attacking him. I had tied my sleeping bag on to the saddle, and had with me but two pocketfuls of food. I had also fastened on the saddle a letter to my Dutch foreman, bidding him send a native with a spare horse to fetch me by the evening. Then I started off to look for a chimney.
A boyhood spent on the cliffs at Kirkcaple had made me a bold cragsman, and the porphyry of the Rooirand clearly gave excellent holds. But I walked many weary miles along the cliff- foot before I found a feasible road. To begin with, it was no light task to fight one's way through the dense undergrowth of the lower slopes. Every kind of thorn-bush lay in wait for my skin, creepers tripped me up, high trees shut out the light, and I was in constant fear lest a black mamba might appear out of the tangle. It grew very hot, and the screes above the thicket were blistering to the touch. My tongue, too, stuck to the roof of my mouth with thirst.
The first chimney I tried ran out on the face into nothingness, and I had to make a dangerous descent. The second was a deep gully, but so choked with rubble that after nearly braining myself I desisted. Still going eastwards, I found a sloping ledge which took me to a platform from which ran a crack with a little tree growing in it. My glass showed me that beyond this tree the crack broadened into a clearly defined chimney which led to the top. If I can once reach that tree, I thought, the battle is won. The crack was only a few inches wide, large enough to let in an arm and a foot, and it ran slantwise up a perpendicular rock. I do not think I realized how bad it was till I had gone too far to return. Then my foot jammed, and I paused for breath with my legs and arms cramping rapidly. I remember that I looked to the west, and saw through the sweat which kept dropping into my eyes that about half a mile off a piece of cliff which looked unbroken from the foot had a fold in it to the right. The darkness of the fold showed me that it was a deep, narrow gully. However, I had no time to think of this, for I was fast in the middle of my confounded crack. With immense labour I found a chockstone above my head, and managed to force my foot free. The next few yards were not so difficult, and then I stuck once more.
For the crack suddenly grew shallow as the cliff bulged out above me. I had almost given up hope, when I saw that about three feet above my head grew the tree. If I could reach it and swing out I might hope to pull myself up to the ledge on which it grew. I confess it needed all my courage, for I did not know but that the tree might be loose, and that it and I might go rattling down four hundred feet. It was my only hope, however, so I set my teeth, and wriggling up a few inches, made a grab at it. Thank God it held, and with a great effort I pulled my shoulder over the ledge, and breathed freely.
My difficulties were not ended, but the worst was past. The rest of the gully gave me good and safe climbing, and presently a very limp and weary figure lay on the cliff-top. It took me many minutes to get back my breath and to conquer the faintness which seized me as soon as the need for exertion was over.
When I scrambled to my feet and looked round, I saw a wonderful prospect. It was a plateau like the high-veld, only covered with bracken and little bushes like hazels. Three or four miles off the ground rose, and a shallow vale opened. But in the foreground, half a mile or so distant, a lake lay gleaming in the sun.
- He paused for a moment, hoping to be able to lower the
- And again, when he announced that he was now about to investigate
- nations of Asia and America. The Tshuktshi pass over to
- used the mariner's compass before it was brought from China
- barter. Money was scarcely worth anything, but their eagerness
- are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth
- If correct, this theory would be certain of demonstration
- therefore prefer to assume that at the time at which the
- For three weeks Hanson had remained. During this time he
- deputy governor of said place. As soon as the fleet came
- constituted a large population under one central government;
- of time, may render it equally hard and perplexing to discriminate.
- The other he ordered straight westward with orders to halt
- northward they came more and more into contact with the
- and eternal world; the worship of the spirits of their
- was appointed to communicate with all members on either
- and he pulled up short, for, instinctively, he knew that
- in the vicinity of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers and
- venture to reply late at night to the minister; a committee
- for a longtime held sway over all the Islands of the Atlantic
- event in this quiet retired corner of the world; and nearly
- as people of fine appearance. They went forward into the
- warned, but they smiled in derisive self-complacency. Lord
- fully equal to them in strength and superior in some respects,
- fit, often wandering along in the great flower garden that
- hemisphere, as also the western part of South America.
- means of existence. To regulate this fatal rivalry, and
- the day he had arrived at conclusions which guided him.
- often among the blooms beneath the great moon—the black-haired,
- up his mind to take the long trudge back without paying
- they might not be members of their society, to attend their
- million eight hundred and sixty thousand nine hundred and
- reason to believe her dead, and that it was because of
- the highest authorities in science concur in the belief
- came from the East in ships. It will be remembered that
- leaving the House, even for refreshment, he had to undertake
- or that other infinitely more beautiful flower who wandered
- Antiquarians have therefore searched diligently in the
- totem who are rivals of the 'Wolves'). Pay one dollar.
- is the same thing as an English light-house. It was not
- and he pulled up short, for, instinctively, he knew that
- traders in land. A fierce competition raged amid the squalid
- to remark, but always viewed with great sympathy the condition
- Indeed it is not a stretch of the imagination to conclude
- with stating that they were poor natives of the place,
- earliest and most civilized population. They were of the
- narrative of the Japan Expedition, conducted by Commodore
- of each coast are very similar. And when they found that
- numbers. I never saw anything more obliging and humble
- of his laborious investigations were always at the service