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The wheels leaped from root to rounded boulder, and it was very dark in the shadow of the foliage. " There ought to be a hammer-pond somewhere." Kysh was letting her down this chute in brakeful spasms. " Water dead ahead, sir. Stack o' brushwood on the starboard beam, and—no road," sang Pyecroft. " Cr-r-ri-key!" said Hinchcliff, as the car on a wild cant to the left went astern, screw- ing herself round the angle of a track that overhung the pond. " If she only 'ad two propellers, I believe she'd talk poetry. She can do everything else." " We're rather on our port wheels now," said Kysh; " but I don't think she'll capsize. This road isn't used much by motors." " You don't say so?" said Pyecroft. " What a pity!" She bored through a mass of crackling brushwood and emerged into an upward slop- ing fern-glade fenced with woods so virgin, so untouched, that William Rufus might have ridden off as we entered. We climbed out of the violet-purple shadows towards the upland where the last of the day lingered. I was filled to my moist eyes with the deep, instriking beauty of sense and association that clad it all. " Does 'unger produce 'allucinations?" said Pyecroft in a whisper. " Because I've just seen a sacred ibis walkin' arm-in-arm with a British cock-pheasant." " What are you panickin' at?" said Hinchcliff. " I've been seein' zebra for the last two minutes, but I'aven't complained." He pointed behind us, and I beheld a superb painted zebra (Burchell's, I think), following our track with palpitating nostrils. The car stopped and it fled away. There was a little pond in front of us from which rose a dome of irregular sticks crowned with a bluntmuzzled beast that sat upon its haunches. " Is it contagious? " said Pyecroft. " Yes. I'm seeing beaver," I replied. " It is here! " said Kysh, With the air and gesture of Captain Nemo, and half turned. " No—no—no! For 'Eaven's sake—not 'ere! " Our guest gasped like a sea-bathed child, as four efficient hands swung him far outboard on to the turf. The car ran back noiselessly down the slope. " Look! Look! It's blighted sorcery!" cried Hinchcliff. There was a report like a pistol-shot as the beaver dived from the roof of his lodge, but we watched our guest. He was on his knees, praying to kangaroos. Yea, in his bowler hat he kneeled before kangaroos—gigantic, erect, silhouetted against the light—four buck-kangaroos in the heart of Sussex! And we retrogressed over the velvety grass till our hind-wheels struck well-rolled gravel, leading us to sanity, main roads, and, half an hour later, the " Grapnel Inn " at Horsham. . . . . . . . . After a great meal we poured libations and made burned offerings in honor of Kysh, who received our homage graciously, and, by the way, explained a few things in the natural history line that had puzzled us. England is the most marvellous foreign country in the world, but one is not trained to accept kangaroos or zebras as part of her landscape. " An' you say there's three or four o' these amateur zoological gardens in England kep' up by gentlemen o' fortune for love o' natural history ?" said Hinchcliff. " We'll drink all their healths as public benefactors ranking with but after you, Mr. Kysh. Of course these Chillingham bulls you talk about (in Norfolk, ain't it?) would 'ave developed more power in continuous steamin', but for surprise parties you can raise steam quicker on kangaroos." When we went to bed, Pyecroft pressed my hand, his voice thick with emotion. " We owe it to you," he said. " We owe it all to you. Didn't I say we never met in pup-pup-purls naluralibus, if I may so put it, without a remarkably 'ectic day ahead of us? " " That's all right,'' I said. " Mind the candle." He was tracing smoke-patterns on the wall. " But what I want to know is whether we'll succeed in acclimatisin' the blighter, or whether the keepers'll kill 'im before 'e gets accustomed to 'is surroundin's?" Some day I think we must go up the Linghurst Road and find out.
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