Yet another in the long list of adventures told by Captain Reid.
I started up from my catre--a camp-bedstead, which my tent contained-- groped, and found my canteen, not forgetting the brandy-flask, and, sallying forth into the night, commenced making my way towards the spot where I might expect to find the utterer of the earnest appeal.
Story 1, Chapter III.
THE MENACE OF A MONSTER.
The tent I was leaving stood in the centre of a circumscribed clearing. Ten paces from its front commenced the chapparal--a thicket of thorny shrubs, consisting of acacia, cactus, the agave, yuccas, and copaiva trees, mingled and linked together by lianas and vines of smilax, sarsaparilla, jalap, and the climbing bromelias. There was no path save that made by wild animals--the timid Mexican mazame and its pursuer, the cunning coyote.
One of these paths I followed.
Its windings soon led me astray. Though the moon was shining in a cloudless sky, I was soon in such a maze that I could neithe