Titel: First English reading book: Engelsch leesboek voor instituten, gymnasiën en hoogere burgerscholen: met Nederlandsche woordenlijst
Auteur: Herrig, Ludwig
Uitgave: Arnhem: J. Voltelen, 1869 *
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: IWO 513 H 21
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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shone above us in clear brilliancy, for a
dense fog was gathering gradually around
it. Our guides looked anxiously towards
it, and announced their apprehensions of a
violent storm. We soon found that their
fears were well founded. The thunder be-
gan to roll, and resounded through the
mountainous passes with the most terrific
grandeur. Then came the vivid lightning;
Hash following Hash — above, around, be-
neath — every where a sea of fire. We
sought a momentary shelter in a cleft of
the rocks, whilst one of our guides hasten-
ed forward to seek a more secure asylum.
In a short time, he returned, and informed
us that he had discovered a spacious cavern,
which would afford us sufficient protection
from the elements. We proceeded thither
immediately, and, with great difficulty, and
not a little danger, at last got into it.
When the storm had somewhat abated,
our guides ventured out in order to ascer-
tain if it were possible to continue our
journey. The cave in which we had taken
refuge was so extremely dark, that, if we
moved a few paces from the entrance, we
could not see an inch before us; and we
were debating as to the propriety of leav-
ing it, even before the Indians came back,
when we suddenly heard a singular groan-
ing or growling in the farther end of the
cavern, which instantly fixed all our atten-
tion. Wharton and myself listened anx-
iously; but our daring and inconsiderate
young friends, Lincoln, together with my
huntsman, crept about upon their hands
and knees, and endeavoured to discover,
by groping, whence the sound proceeded.
They had not advanced far into the ca-
vern, before we heard them utter an ex-
clamation of surprise; and they returned
to us, each carrying in his arms an animal
singularly marked, and about the size of a
cat, seemingly of great strength and power,
and furnished with immense fangs. The
eyes were of a green colour; strong claws
were upon their feet; and a blood-red
tongue hung out of their mouths. Wharton
had scarcely glanced at them, when he ex-
claimed in consternation, 'We have come
into the den of a —' lie was interrupted
by a fearful cry of dismay from our guides,
who came rushing precipitately towards us,
calling out, 'A tiger! a tiger!' and, at the
same time, with extraordinary rapidity,
they climbed up a cedar tree, which stood
at the entrance of the cave, and hid them-
selves among the branches.
After the first sensation of horror and
surprise, which rendered me motionless for
a moment, had subsided, I grasped my fire-
arms. Wharton had already regained his
composure and self-possession; and he call-
ed to us to assist him instantly in blocking
up the mouth of the cave with an immense
stone, which fortunately lay near it. The
sense of approaching danger augmented
our strength; for we now distinctly heard
the growl of the ferocious animal, and we
were lost beyond redemption if he reached
the entrance before we could get it closed.
Ere this was done, we could distinctly see
the tiger bounding towards the spot, and
stooping in order to creep into his den by
the narrow opening. At this fearful mo-
ment, our exertions were successful, and
the great stoae kept the wild beast at bay.
There was a small open space, howevej-,
left between the top of the entrance and
the stone, through which we could see the
head of the animal, illuminated by his
glowing eyes, which he rolled glaring with
fury upon us. His frightful roaring, too,
penetrated to the depths of the cavern,
and was answered by the hoarse growling
of the cubs. Our ferocious enemy attempt-
ed first to remove the stone with his pow-
erful claws, and then to push it with his
head from its place; and these efforts,
proving abortive, served only to increase
his wrath. He uttered a tremendous, heart-
piercing howl, and his flaming eyes darted
light into the darkness of our retreat,
'Now is the time to fire at him,' said
Wharton, with his usual calmness; 'aim at
his eyes; the ball will go through his brain,
and we shall then have a chance to get
rid of him.'
Frank seized his double-barrelled gun,
and Lincoln his pistols. The former pla-
ced the muzzle within a few inches of the
tiger, and Lincoln did the same. At Whar-
ton's command, they both drew the triggers
at the same moment; but no shot followed.
The tiger, who seemed aware that the flash
indicated an attack upon him, sprang grow-
ling from the entrance, but, feeling him-
self unhurt, immediately turned back again,
and stationed himself in his former place.
The powder in both pieces was wet.
'All is now over,' said Wharton; 'we
have only now to choose whether we shall
die of hunger, together with these animals
who are shut up along with us, or open
the entrance to the blood-thirsty monster
without, and so make a quicker end of
the matter.'
So saying, he placed himself close beside
the stone, which for the moment defended
us, and looked undauntedly upon the light-
ning eyes of the tiger. Lincoln raved, and
Frank took a piece of strong cord from