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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his pocket, and hastened to the farther
end of the cave; I knew not with what
design. We soon, however, heard a low
stifled groaning; and the tiger, which had
heard it also, became more restless and
disturbed than ever. He went backwards
and forwards before the entrance of the
cave, in tlie most wild and impetuous man-
ner; then stood still, and, stretching out
his neck in the direction of the forest,
broke forth into a deafening howl.
Our two Indian guides took advantage
of this opportunity to discharge several ar-
rows from the tree. He was struck more
than once, but the light weapons bounded
back harmless from his thick skin. At
length, however, one of them struck him
near the eye, and the arrow remained stick-
ing in the wound. He now broke anew
into the wildest fury, sprang at the tree,
and tore it with his claws, as if he would
have dragged it to the ground. But hav-
ing, at length, succeeded in getting rid of
the arrow, he became more calm, and laid
himself down, as before, in front of the
Frank now returned from the lower end
of the den, and a glance showed us what
he had been doing. In each hand, and
dangling from the end of a string, were
the two cubs. He had strangled them;
and before we were aware what he intend-
ed, he threw them through the opening to
the tiger. No sooner did the animal per-
ceive them, than he gazed earnestly upon
them, and began to examine them closely,
turning them cautiously from side to side.
As soon as he became aware that they
were dead, he uttered so piercing a howl
of sorrow, that we were obliged to put our
hands to our ears.
The thunder had now ceased, and the
storm had sunk to a gentle gale; the songs
of birds were again heard in the neigh-
bouring forest, and the sunbeams sparkled
in the drops that hung from the leaves.
We saw, through the aperture, how all
nature was reviving, after the wild war of
elements which had so recently taken place;
but the contrast only made our situation
the more horrible. We were in a grave,
from which there was no deliverance; and
a monster, worse than the fabled Cerberus,
kept watch over us. The tiger had laid
himself down beside his whelps. He was
a beautiful animal, of great size and
strength; and his limbs, being stretched
out at their full length, displayed his im-
mense power of muscle. A double row of
great teeth stood far enough apart to show
his large red tongue, from which the white
foam fell in large drops. All at once,
another roar was heard at a distance, and
the tiger immediately rose and answered
it with a mournful howl. At the same in-
stant, our Indians uttered a shriek, which
announced that some new danger threat-
ened us. A few moments confirmed our
worst fears; for another tiger, not quite
so large as the former, came rapidly to-
wards the spot where we were.
The howls which the tigress gave, when
she had examined the bodies of her cubs,
surpassed every thing of horrible that we
had yet heard; and the tiger mingled his
mournful cries wit hers. Suddenly her
roaring was lowered to a hoarse growling,
and we saw her anxiously stretch out her
head, extend her wide and smoking nostrils,
and look as if she were determined to dis-
cover imrnediatety the murderers of her
young. Her eyes quickly fell upon us, and
she made a spring forward, with the inten-
tion of penetrating to our place of refuge.
Perhaps she might have been enabled, by
her immense strength, to push away the
stone, had we not, with aU our united
power, held it against her. AVhen she
found that all her efforts w^ere fruitless,
she approached the tiger, who lay stretch-
ed out beside his cubs, and he rose and
joined in her hollow roarings. They stood
together for a few moments, as if in con-
suhation, and then suddenly went off at a
rapid pace, and disappeared from our sight.
Their howling died away in the distance,
and then entirely ceased.
Our Indians descended from the tree,
and called upon us to seize the only pos-
sibility of our yet saving ourselves, by in-
stant flight; for that the tigers had only
gone round the height to seek another in-
let to the cave, w^ith which they were, no
doubt, acquainted. Jn the greatest haste
the stone was pushed aside, and we step-
ped forth from what we had considered a
living grave. We now heard once more
the roaring of the tigers, though at a dis-
tance; and, following the example of our
guides, we precipitately struck into a side
path. From the number of roots and
branches of trees with which the storm had
strewed our way, and the slipperiness of
the road, our flight was slow and difficult.
We had proceeded thus for about a
quarter of an hour, when we found that
our way led along the edge of a rocky
cliff, with innumerable fissures. We had
just entered upon it, when suddenly the
Indians, who were before us, uttered one
of their piercing shrieks, and we immediate-
ly became aware that the tigers were in