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The Vee-Boers Thomas Mayne Reid

The Vee-Boers

Thomas Mayne Reid

Published July 12th 2013
ISBN : 9781490981277
Paperback
76 pages
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A vast plain, seemingly bounded but by the horizon- treeless, save where a solitary cameel-doorn (Note 1) spreads its feathered leaves, or a clump of arborescent aloes, mingled with rigid-stemmed euphorbias, breaks the continuity of its outline.MoreA vast plain, seemingly bounded but by the horizon- treeless, save where a solitary cameel-doorn (Note 1) spreads its feathered leaves, or a clump of arborescent aloes, mingled with rigid-stemmed euphorbias, breaks the continuity of its outline. These types of desert vegetation but proclaim its sterility, which is further evinced by tufts of whiteish withered grass, growing thinly between them. Over it three waggons are moving- immense vehicles with bodies above four yards in length, surrounded by an arching of bamboo canes covered with canvas. To each is attached eight pairs of long-horned oxen, with a driver seated on the box, who flourishes a whip, in length like a fishing-rod- another on foot alongside, wielding the terrible jambok, while at the head of the extended team marches the foreloper, reim in hand, guiding the oxen along the track. Half a score horsemen ride here and there upon the flanks, with three others in advance- and bringing up the rear is a drove of milch cows-some with calves at the foot-and a flock of fat-tailed sheep, their tails full fifty pounds in weight, and trailing on the ground.