'Tween Snow and Fire

A Tale of the Last Kafir War

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Author: Bertram Mitford
Published: 1892
Language: English
Wordcount: 108,740 / 320 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 31,663
Added to site: 2010.06.20
mnybks.net#: 28227
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Adventure, Romance
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me here as I stand. Shoot again, Umlilwane--shoot again, if you dare. Hau! Hear my `word.' You have slain my dog--my white hunting dog, the last of his breed--who can outrun every other hunting dog in the land, even as the wind outstrippeth the crawling ox-wagon, and you have shed my blood, the blood of a chief. You had better first have cut off your right hand, for it is better to lose a hand than one's mind. This is my `word,' Umlilwane--bear it in memory, for you have struck a chief--a man of the House of Gcaleka."

[Umlilwane: "Little Fire"--Kafirs are fond of bestowing nicknames. This one referred to its bearer's habitually short temper.]

"Damn the House of Gcaleka, anyway," said Carhayes, with a sneer as the savage, having vented his denunciation, stalked scowlingly away with his compatriots. "Look here, isidenge," [fool], he continued. "This is my word. Keep clear of me, for the next time you fall foul of me I'll shoot you dead. And now, Eustace," turni

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