Erewhon, Or, Over The Range

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CHAPTER III. UP THE KIVEB. THE first day we had an easy time, following np the -- great flats by the river side, which had already been twice burned, so that there was no dense undergrowth to check us, though the ground was often ...
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CHAPTER III. UP THE KIVEB. THE first day we had an easy time, following np the -- great flats by the river side, which had already been twice burned, so that there was no dense undergrowth to check us, though the ground was often rough, and we had to go a good deal upon the riverbed. Towards nightfall we had made a matter of some five-and-twenty miles, and camped at the point where the river entered upon the gorge. The weather was delightfully warm, considering that it was verging towards autumn, and tb.at".the valley in which we were encamped must have been at least two thousand feet above the level of the sea. The river-bed was here about a mile and a half broad and entirely covered with shingle over which the river ran in many winding channels, looking, when seen from above, like a tangled skein of ribbon, and glistening in the sun. We knew that it was liable to very sudden and heavy freshets; but even had we not known it, we could have seen it by the snags of trees, which must have been carried long distances, and by the mass of vegetable and mineral debris which was banked against their lower side, showing that at times the whole river-bed must be covered with a roaring torrent many feet in depth and of ungovernable fury. At present the river was low, there being but five orsix streams, too deep and rapid for even a strong nmn to ford on foot, but to be crossed safely on horseback. On either side of it there were still a few acres of flat, which grew wider and wider down the river, till they became the large plains on which we looked from my master's hnt. Behind us rose the lowest spurs of the second range, leading abruptly to the range itself; and at a distance of half a mile began the gorge, where the river narrowed and became boisterous and terrible. The beauty of...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781459045071
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 8/5/2009
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.13 (d)

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