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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. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ...my own. I had only two charges loft besides those in niy gun, and had nothing with me to eat, nor even a match with which to procure a solacing smoke, so I again sat down and forced myself into a calm consideration of what was best to be done. I was two and a half days horseback journey from where the pack-horses and the nearest supplies were left, but I concluded that I was not many miles distant from the camping place of the last night but one--the Birds water-hole, I therefore thought it likely that M'Tavish, when he found wo had fairly misled one another, had supposed that I should have made for the spot and had takon a shorter cut to join me there. To this place then I resolved to go, intending if I missed him there, to affix a note to a tree, telling of iny proceedings, and then at all hazards to make back for the place where we had left the pack-horses. It was about four o'clock when I got back to the Birds-water-hole, but there was no M'Tavish nor any indications of his having been there. However, to my great delight, the fire 1 had made two days before, was still burning, se I got a fresh "aid to reflection" in the shape of a pipe, and then crept into a hole in the rocks to get out of the way of the sim and flies and to wait for my companion's hoped-for appearance. Abundance of rest and water, soon made me feel hungry again. Presently a flight of shell-parrots came down, and this time I was more impressed with their edible properties than their beauty: I took good aim as I thought, and fired, but strange to say did not hit one, and was equally unsuccessful in a flying shot I had at them as they rose. I loaded again and they presently came back, but I would not risk my last charges on such small and scattered game. I then became...
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