Elephant Adventure

By Willard Price

Hal and Roger Hunt are on an grand African event to trace down the infrequent nice white elephant. The brothers coolly take on their activity -- regardless of doom-laden prophecies from mumbo, a Watussi chieftain -- and because the temperature rises... the danger-level intensifies.

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Anything else started to slip. Hal’s heavy searching boot strained at its moorings. It used to be greater than ankle-high as safety opposed to snake-bite, and it was once laced transparent to the pinnacle. both Hal had ignored to lace it tightly that morning, or a lace had snapped below the pull of the trunk wrapped round it - in any case, Hal used to be approximately to lose it He had taken nice delight in those stout boots, yet simply now he might ponder not anything that may provide him extra excitement than to lose one to his tormentor. He attempted to agreement his foot to enable it come off extra simply.

He has spirit not anyone else dares to talk earlier than me during this method. he's a chiefs son - and he speaks like a first-rate. ’ His face darkened and a savage fury got here into his eyes. He went on: ‘But i'm going to train him greater manners. He has had a few classes already. flip approximately, boy, allow us to see your again. ’ Bo didn't movement. The Thunder-man gave a pointy order in Arabic. An attendant seized Bo and spun him approximately in order that his again may be obvious. the surface used to be striped with swollen ridges, a few of them nonetheless bleeding. The Thunder-man was once smiling.

Anyhow,’ Hal stated wearily, ‘we’ve obtained to maintain making an attempt. ’ there has been no longer an excessive amount of wish in his voice. ‘Tell the lads to be capable to begin in an hour. ’ Roger without warning went up from his camp stool like a rocket, frightening the folding desk and what was once left of the breakfast. ‘Look! ’ he cried. ‘It’s sizeable Boy. ’ the newborn elephant used to be simply rising from the woodland He stopped and appeared approximately. Then he observed Roger. He trumpeted loudly and got here as quick as his stubby legs may hold him. Roger ran to fulfill him. They collided so demanding that Roger used to be approximately knocked down.

3 of them sat wedged jointly within the doorway and 3 simply within. Bundled up of their burnouses, the tails of that have been tucked lower than them to guard them from the chilly floor, they drank tea and conversed in low tones. They have been substantial males, and good armed with pistols and sabres. just one defend with a pistol will be adequate to avoid the break out of unarmed prisoners. What likelihood had 3 boys, with no guns, opposed to six armed males? whether the six had not anything to struggle with, their shouts may carry different males on the run.

Quickly they have been treading alongside the elephant path, in unmarried dossier. back Abu led Hal around approximately to the purpose within the path the place the capture lay hid. They stopped at the back of a few thick timber the place they can see and never be obvious. Hal nonetheless doubted that the plan might paintings. He doubted much more whilst he observed the 1st animal within the line. It used to be a scruffy beast with a ragged cover, and he used to be certain no zoo would wish it however it was once the person who used to be going to be stuck within the capture. The elephant got here on with lengthy, lazy strides.

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