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The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley

A Tale of the Zulu Border

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Author: Bertram Mitford
Published: 1894
Language: English
Wordcount: 83,508 / 244 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 78.8
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 778
Added to site: 2010.05.29 27954

"Mr. Mitford knows the Zulu well; he paints him here in a tone-picture which is very praiseworthy... The description of 'The Tooth,' a new Tarpeian rock... is almost worthy of Mr. Rider Haggard. For a moment the book has the fascination of 'King Solomon's Mines.'"--Daily Chronicle

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either. Try it, for one night at any rate."

The other sulkily acquiesced. The fact was he did not care to cut adrift from Gerard just then. He felt very much a fish out of water, in that strange country; were he alone, he would feel ten times more so. So comfort must give way to companionship, and he made no further objections.

A few inquiries soon brought them to the object of their search--a long low house standing back from the road. It was roofed with corrugated iron, and on each side were wings containing apparently bedrooms, opening onto the high stoep, for the doors stood wide open. In front of the house was a barren-looking garden, shaded by a couple of eucalyptus trees, growing one in each corner.

As they swung back the wooden gate which opened into the garden, the owner came out onto the stoep. He was a tall, loosely hung man, with the sallow complexion characteristic of the dwellers in the semi-tropical coast country of Natal.

"Good day, gentlemen. Did



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