Stories of the Gorilla Country

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Harper & Brothers, 1869 - 292 páginas
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Página 66 - I caught a glimpse of one of the animals again, but an intervening tree spoiled my mark, and I did not fire. We ran till we were exhausted, but in vain. The alert beasts made good their escape. When we could pursue no more we returned slowly to our camp, where the women were anxiously expecting us.

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