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Titel: Nieuwe leerwijze der Engelsche taal
Deel: Tweede cursus
Auteur: Gerdes, E.
Uitgave: Amsterdam: P.N. van Kampen, 1856
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hands, and returned, somewhat more nimbly, to the
place whence he had issued, and disappeared.
I went after him, and discovered, upon crawling un-
der a thick bush, a narrow winding path, a good deal
foot-worn. I heard the grisled old savage before me;
and, unseen myself, from time to time, caught glimpses
of him. Several branches of trees, under which he could
not pass without stooping, he beat down, or broke off
with a blow of his club. I tracked him for a short dis-
tance through the wood in silence. He then branched off
to the right, in the direction of the great morass, passed
the channel of a mountain-stream, ascended a bank, and
then, coming to a rock fifteen or sixteen feet in perpen-
dicular height, he climbed up an old moss-grown pine-tree.
When he had mounted the stem of the tree, somewhat
higher than the rock, he clung with his arms and legs
to a horizontal branch; and, as a sailor works himself
along the stays of a mast, by alternately shifting his
limbs, he arrived above the summit of the rock , when
suspending his body by his hands, he let himself gently
down , and walked on.
I followed in the same manner, cautiously avoiding his
seeing or hearing me. He crossed a ridge of rocks, com-
paratively open. There was little or no underwood. The
old man stopped, and looking attentively at a huge pine
which had fiillen from age, out of which, in its half-
decomposed prostrate trunk, grew a line of young pines,
thus perpetuating its species , he appeared to be measuring
their length with a stick. He pulled up four of them by
the roots, stripped them of their branches, secured them
together with a fillet of wire-grass, put them on his left
shoulder, and proceeded onwards to a small space, in
which were the wild mango and banana. He examined
the fruit of them, and smelt them to find if they were
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