The Cliff-climber,or The Lone Home In The Himalayas; A Sequel To "the Plant-hunters".

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byMayne Reid

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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. 1889. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXVI. THE SCALING LADDERS. The cutniig down of the trees did not occupy them ft very long time. They chose only those of slender girth,--the more slender the better, so long as they answered the requirements as to length. Trees of about fifty feet in total height were the best: as these, when the weaker part of the tops was cut off, yielded lengths of thirty or more feet. Where they were only a few inches in diameter, there was very little trouble in reducing them to the proper size for the sides of the ladders,--only to strip off the bark and split them in twain. Making the rounds was also an easy operation,--except that it required considerable time, as there were so many of them. The most difficult part of the work--and this they had foreseen--would be the drilling of the holes to receive the rounds; and it was the task which proved the most dilatory,--taking up more time in its accomplishment than both the cutting of the tmber and reducing it to its proper shapes and dimension!!. Had they owned an auger or a mortising chisel, ou even a good gimlet, the thing would have been easy euougL Easier still had they possessed a "breast bit." But of course nc t my of these tools could be obtained; nor any other by which a hole might be bored big enough to have admitted the points of their little fingers. Hundreds of holes would be needed; and how were they to be made? With the blades of their small knives it would have been possible to scoop out a cavity,--that is, with much trouble and waste of time; but vast time and trouble would it take to scoop out four hundr xl; and at least that number would be needed. It would be a tedious task, and almost interminable, even supposing that it could be accomplished; but this was doubtful enough. The blades of the...

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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. 1889. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXVI. THE SCALING LADDERS. The cutniig down of the trees did not occupy them ft very long time. They chose only those ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021707135X

ISBN - 13:9780217071352

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