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illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XV The sun was
already setting when Cochrane's force filed out of the jungle on to
the beach just below Oras. The march had been a long and weary one,
unmarked by any special incident, though at every stage boudjons
had boomed out with maddening regularity. "Oras was a big place of
some ten thousand people," remarked the captain. "You will see in a
moment how much of it the pulajanes left. That's Coote's camp, in
the old court-house.--Halt --Lend me your glasses, Mr. North. We
must go carefully, or they may shoot at us. There are a lot of them
round the gateway, playing cards or something, but I don't see a
sentry. Ah, there he is, on that bit of a platform--with a chair to
sit on He's smoking, too, I think, and hasn't seen us yet.--Now he
has. --Bugler.--Lie down, men, lie down," he shouted suddenly, as a
bullet whistled overhead. "They are all scurrying in. We shall have
a volley next, before we know where we are. I'll flag them," and he
jumped on to a small mound, waving his handkerchief vigorously,
just as a ragged volley squibbed out from the building.
Fortunately, however, the shooting was very wild, and a moment
later the " Cease fire " on a bugle showed that his signal had been
seen. He turned to Derek with a wry smile. "It's a good beginning.
They are fairly rattled already. We shall have a lively trip.
Neither Coote nor I can command the other, as we belong to entirely
different services, and, even if we don't squabble, our soldiers
will do so all the time;" then he ordered the men to fall in again,
and strode at their head towards the Scouts' quarters. Three white
men came forward to meet them, two in regulation field kit, the
other, a short, powerfully-built youngster, in a white canvas shirt
and corduroy breeches, ...
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