He approached the sleeper upon padded feet which gave forth no sound, and with an uncanny woodcraft
that rustled not a leaf or a grass blade.
She was humiliated and angry--it was long before she would admit it, that she, who prided herself upon her woodcraft
, was lost in this little patch of country between the Pangani and the Tanga railway.
Hunt in the expedition, and excelled on those points in which the other was deficient; for he had been ten years in the interior, in the service of the Northwest Company, and valued himself on his knowledge of "woodcraft
," and the strategy of Indian trade and Indian warfare.
His small woodcraft
and little experience in travelling resulted in his becoming completely confused, so that instead of returning to the spot where he had last seen the girl, as he wished to do, he bore far to the northeast of the place, and missed entirely the path which von Horn and his Dyaks had taken from the long-house into the jungle and back.
Close behind the pack rode a fourrier and a yeoman-pricker, whooping on the laggards and encouraging the leaders, in the shrill half-French jargon which was the language of venery and woodcraft
. Alleyne was still gazing after them, listening to the loud "Hyke-a-Bayard!
The year had done much for the boy--turning his already mighty muscles to thews of steel, developing his woodcraft
to a point where it verged upon the uncanny, perfecting his arboreal instincts, and training him in the use of both natural and artificial weapons.
Clayton immediately began to look about for tracks, but he could find nothing save a confusion of trampled grasses in the close vicinity, and his woodcraft
was too meager for the translation of what he did see.
Accordingly, quitting the path, he went peeping this way and that through the underbrush, spying now here and now there, with all the wiles of a master of woodcraft
, and of one who had more than once donned a doublet of Lincoln green.
They had no woodcraft
. We heard them coming for a mile before we saw them, and as we had other business in hand we withdrew into the forest and let them pass.
``beshrew me an thou knowest not as much of woodcraft
as of war!
Wyeth was immediately for pursuing them, rifle in hand, but saw evident signs of dissatisfaction in his half-breed hunters; who considered him as trenching upon their province, and meddling with things quite above his capacity; for these veterans of the wilderness are exceedingly pragmatical, on points of venery and woodcraft
, and tenacious of their superiority; looking down with infinite contempt upon all raw beginners.
There was one older man, an excellent fisher and skilled in all kinds of woodcraft
, who was pleased to look upon my house as a building erected for the convenience of fishermen; and I was equally pleased when he sat in my doorway to arrange his lines.