Jock of the Bushveld

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Longmans, Green and Company, 1907 - Dogs - 474 pages
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Page 200 - I've belted you and flayed you, By the livin' Gawd that made you, You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!
Page 345 - He did not know where he was or what had happened ; he tried to move, but one arm was useless and the effort made him slip and sag, and he thought he was falling through
Page 38 - He don't know the meanin' o' consequences and risks 'cause you kep' 'em off him! An bymbye he gets ter believe it's born in him to go right, an' knows everything, an' can't go wrong; an' ef things don't pan out in the end he reckons it's jus' bad luck! No, sirree! Ef he's got ter swim you let him know right there that the water's deep an...
Page 38 - You save a boy from makin' mistakes, and ef he's got good stuff in him most like you spoil it. He don't know anything properly, 'cause he don't think; and he don't think 'cause you saved him the trouble, an' he never learned how! He don't know the meanin' o' consequences and risks 'cause you kep' 'em off him! An bymbye he gets ter believe it's born in him to go right, an' knows everything, an' can't go wrong; an' ef things don't pan out in the end he reckons it's jus
Page 38 - Boys is like pups — you got ter help 'em some; but not too much, an' not too soon. They got ter larn themselves. I reckon ef a man's never made a mistake he's never had a good lesson. . . . Ef you don't pay for a thing you don't know what it's worth ; and mistakes is part o' the price o' knowledge — the other part is work.
Page 104 - W the reeds where the guinea-fowl were he stepped cautiously on to the low black rock, and in an instant was swept off his feet, tossed and tumbled over and over, into the mud and reeds, and there was a noise of furious rushing and crashing as if a troop of elephants were stampeding through the reeds. He had stepped on the back of a sleeping crocodile ; no doubt it was every bit as frightened as he was.
Page 53 - Jess's madness was out. We had to send for Ted, and when he returned a couple of hours later, Jess met him out on the road in the dark where she had been watching half the time ever since he left. She jumped up at his chest, giving a long, tremulous whimper of welcome, and then ran ahead straight to the nest in the grass. He took a lantern and we followed, but not too close. When he knelt down to look at the puppies, she stood over them and pushed herself in between him and them; when he put out...
Page 319 - ... work may be when several kinds of game run together. After a dry and warm morning the sight of the big pool had prompted an offsaddle ; Snowball was tethered in a patch of good grass, and Jock and I were lying in the shade. When he began to sniff and walk up wind I took the rifle and followed, and only a little way off we came into dry vlei ground where there were few trees and the grass stood about waist high. Some two hundred yards away where the ground rose slightly and the bush became thicker...
Page 52 - No one could do anything with her ; no one could get near the guns or the water-barrel ; as soon as we returned for a fresh attempt she reappeared in the same place and in the same way. The position was too ridiculous, and we were at our wits' end ; for Jess held the camp. The kaffirs declared the dog was mad, and we began to have very uncomfortable suspicions that they were right ; but we decided to make a last attempt, and surrounding the place approached from all sides. But the suddenness with...
Page 86 - He learned a good deal from Jess : among other things, that it was not necessary to poke his nose up against a snake in order to find out what it was. He knew that Jess would fight anything ; and when one day he saw her back hair go up and watched her sheer off the footpath wide into the grass, he did the same ; and...

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