Text Appearing Before Image: ' Text Appearing After Image: AWAY DOWN THE TRAIL SHE HEARD MANY LITTLE HOOF-BEATS. growled and bristled bravely in theircorner, but their bravado w7as of noavail. The big snake paused, drew back itshead, and formed into a great coil. Sud-denly, with a motion so swift that no eyecould follow it, the flat head dartedforward and back, and there was butone kitten cowering in the darkness.The other was a shapeless mass beneaththe folds of the great body. The tragedy was mercifully swift.The other kitten followed the first, andsometime after, the great snake left theden and, slowly returning to the river,slid quietly in, swam across, and creptunder the overhanging roots of a greattree growing on the brink, where itcoiled up and fell into that dormant,full-fed torpor which is as near to sleepas the unwinking reptiles can approach. All the while far down the river themother jaguar hunted silently throughthe night but without success. At dawn she came near the little knoll and a lightbreeze carried the odor of the tapirs
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