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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The ashes are amassed, installed high priced urns, and buried within the royal cemetery. ‘In former instances it was once believed that the earth used to be supported at the again of a white elephant, and at any time when it moved an earthquake was once produced. And did you ever listen concerning the current the King of Siam despatched to Queen Victoria? It was once in a gold field locked with a gold key. each person notion it has to be a truly wealthy gem because it got here in so effective a field. They opened the field. It contained a couple of hairs from the king’s white elephant. This used to be the main useful present the Siamese king may well consider to give to the Queen. And while the Siamese ambassador desired to say anything really nice approximately Queen Victoria he stated, ‘Her eyes, complexion, and, peculiarly, her bearing, are these of a pretty and majestic white elephant’ ‘ ‘But the King of Siam already has a number of white elephants,’ Hal objected. ‘Why may still he wish one other? ’ ‘Because he has basically Siamese elephants. The African elephant is greater, taller, numerous plenty heavier, has higher ears and longer tusks, and is a extra majestic animal in each method. ’ The Thunder-man rose. ‘And that, my acquaintances, is why the animal you observed this present day is set to make a bit trip to the royal court docket of Siam. until eventually this is often finished, you can be our site visitors. and that i needs to alert you that in case you intervene with our plans by any means you won't move from this position alive. solid evening, and delightful goals. ’ bankruptcy 26 The cave He clapped his arms. Guards seemed immediately. the men rose and have been led out of the Thunder-man’s residence and again throughout the nice cave, which was once now virtually thoroughly darkish and empty. From smaller caves at the back of curtains, obviously sleeping-rooms, got here the snores of guys already asleep and the subdued voices of these who weren't on the rear of the most cavern they entered a small cave the place the odor of mint tea used to be particularly robust. a wide pot of the stuff steamed lightly over a small wooden fireplace. where was once feebly lit by way of the sputtering mild of a unmarried torch. there have been no comforts the following, no leopard-skin carpet, no cushions. The partitions have been naked rock, the floor chilly and stony. in a single nook used to be a dozing, bare-skinned determine, huddled right into a ball to maintain hot. The voices of the guards made it stir and switch. Then it stood up and the lads discovered it was once the son of leader Mumbo. ‘Bo! ’ exclaimed Roger, going to him. ‘What form of a sell off is that this they preserve you in? an exceptional position for a Watussi prince. ’ Bo smiled weakly. ‘Slave quarters,’ he acknowledged. ‘This is their criminal until eventually they're despatched away. The others went the previous day to fulfill a dhow that may take them to a few crimson Sea port. They inform me i'm going the following day - certain for a few position at the Persian Gulf. ’ Roger regarded approximately. ‘It’s worse than a dungeon,’ he acknowledged. ‘A dungeon often has at the least one tiny window. This has none. ’ He checked out the steaming pot ‘At least you get tea. ’ That’s for the guards,’ Bo responded. to maintain them unsleeping. ’ ‘What do they offer you to devour? ’ ‘Nothing,’ Bo acknowledged. ‘Nothing in any respect. they are saying they'll supply me nutrients while i am getting down on my knees and ask for it.

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