The Vee-Boers

A Tale of Adventure in Southern Africa

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Published: 1907
Language: English
Wordcount: 36,468 / 112 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 57
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 952
Added to site: 2010.12.17
mnybks.net#: 29925
Origin: gutenberg.org
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or it was the roar of the lion; not one lion, but more like a score of them, roaring together, as if each was doing its best to outroar all the rest. The place appeared to be infested with the formidable brutes--a very lair of them; and the fearful fracas they were making caused horses, oxen, cows--in short, every four-footed creature in the train to dance affrightedly about as though no longer feeling fatigue. To ordinary travellers the noise, with its attendant dangers, would have been appalling; and even among them there was momentary alarm. But they were Boers of the Transvaal, of courage proverbial and historic; still more, Vee-Boers, who are as much hunters as graziers, and little regard to the lion's roar. It was only because of there being such a chorus of it, that they were for a time taken back.

Soon recovering themselves, however, there was a general rush towards the waggons, in which they habitually kept their roers [Note 3]; when, each armed himself with one of these long guns, fr

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