BEARS ! BEARS !
Then we quitted the borders of the swamp, and followed a little stream of water that led us to a rock. We found trees, grass—in short, a little oasis in the desert, and we named it ' Green Valley.' We soon, however, left its verdure far behind us, and again we were in the desert; but the heat was not as violent as it had been, so we journeyed tranquilly on, carrying our ostrich-eggs.
We were yet distant about half an hour's journey from the large cave. Jack and Fritz had stopped a moment to adjust their burdens, and I stopped with them, while Ernest had marched forward.
' The philosopher is in a hurry to get home,' said Jack laughing, ' he runs that he may be rested first.'
But scarcely had he finished his sentence, when we heard a cry of distress from Ernest, followed by