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monkeys in the neighbourhood; our dogs also deserted us; but we were too tired to call them back.
I brought out some morsels of sugar-cane, and distributed them among the boys, for our thirst was terrible. This refreshment restored our appetites, and some rounds of roast peccary revived our spirits.
Suddenly Fritz cried out:
' There are two horsemen galloping up towards us. There, a third has joined them—perhaps they are Arabs of the desert.'
I exclaimed with astonishment, and produced the telescope. Fritz, whose sight was the best, took it.
' Oh, I see now a number of waggons loaded with hay; but they are so distant I can scarcely distinguish anything,' he cried.
' Let me have the glass,' cried Jack, impatiently; and he declared he saw a crowd of cavaliers who carried little lances, with banners at the point.
' Come, give me the glass now,' said I ; and, after having looked some time attentively :
'Well,' said I to Jack, 'your Arabs, your cavaliers with lances, your hay-carts, what do you think they have been transformed into ?'