I lifted by head over the brink of the rock and looked, and I tell you, Umslopogaas, my blood ran cold and my heart turned to water, for there, before the cave, rolled wolves, many and great.
"Thus I thought in my heart; then, tarrying not, lest fear should come upon me again, I swung up the Watcher, and crying aloud the war-cry of the Halakazi, I sprang over the brink of the rock and rushed upon the wolves. They, too, sprang up and stood howling, with bristling hides and fiery eyes, and the smell of them came into my nostrils.
`He is scared of the wolves
,' Antonia whispered to me.
AT ONE TIME a very large and strong Wolf was born among the wolves
, who exceeded all his fellow-wolves in strength, size, and swiftness, so that they unanimously decided to call him "Lion." The Wolf, with a lack of sense proportioned to his enormous size, thought that they gave him this name in earnest, and, leaving his own race, consorted exclusively with the lions.
"So you kill them?" says I; "why, you have no guns." - "No," says he, "no gun, but shoot great much long arrow." This was a good diversion to us; but we were still in a wild place, and our guide very much hurt, and what to do we hardly knew; the howling of wolves
ran much in my head; and, indeed, except the noise I once heard on the shore of Africa, of which I have said something already, I never heard anything that filled me with so much horror.
"It is time to hunt again." He was going to spring down hill when a little shadow with a bushy tail crossed the threshold and whined: "Good luck go with you, O Chief of the Wolves
. And good luck and strong white teeth go with noble children that they may never forget the hungry in this world."
The eldest answered quickly, 'Let him drive all the wolves
of the kingdom on to this hill before to-morrow night.
At once there came running to her from all directions a pack of great wolves
. They had long legs and fierce eyes and sharp teeth.
I couldn't leave her to fetch help, on account of the wolves
. There was nothing to do but stand by.
Then, far off in the distance, from the mountains on each side of us began a louder and a sharper howling, that of wolves
, which affected both the horses and myself in the same way.
"Ol' Villan had a dog once that run away with the wolves
," Bill cogitates aloud.
But the young wolves
, the children of the disbanded Seeonee Pack, throve and increased, and when there were about forty of them, masterless, full-voiced, clean-footed five-year-olds, Akela told them that they ought to gather themselves together ahd follow the Law, and run under one head, as befitted the Free People.