Adrift in New Zealand by Ernest Way Elkington

Adrift in New Zealand

byErnest Way Elkington

Paperback | May 12, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 Excerpt: ...and fallen logs barred my way. Gradually I felt I was going down into a gully; I could see the tree-tops far beneath me, and a horrible fear came over me that again I was going wrong. From the river the ground had seemed quite level, and I began to think I had travelled more than a mile. The farther I went the more troubled I felt, and before long I was certain that I was astray again. ENTANGLED IN VINES 135 The gully seemed endless, and in a kind of nervous terror I swung sharply round and began hurriedly to retrace my steps. A large rat jumped down from the branch of a tree in front of me and scuttled through the thick undergrowth. Uncanny feelings began to assert themselves, and I scrambled along as fast as I could, stumbling over fallen branches and getting entangled in "bush lawyer" and "supplejack." The supplejack seemed purposely to twine its long vines round me and clutch my arms and legs, and the more I tugged to free myself the more entangled I became and the more nervous I grew. These vine-like ropes seemed human in their persistence. Each strand had to be parted and separately disentangled before I could proceed. When I got back to the open the perspiration was pouring off me and my heart was thumping against my ribs, and in a sort of panic I doubled my pace until I saw the river again. On reaching it I sank down by its friendly bank, thoroughly exhausted. The river looked more deep and lonely now as I gazed down at it. I was strangely tired and weak, and felt more like sleeping where I lay than recrossing it, preparatory to taking fresh bearings 136 A PHANTOM STATION and making a fresh start. In the darkness I took a new crossing where the water rose to my armpits. It was terribly cold and made me shiver as I battled through...

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Title:Adrift in New ZealandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:54 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:May 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217165605

ISBN - 13:9780217165600

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