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THE SORCERER FRIGHTENED. 129

at finding himself among such strange beings, clambered with the speed of lightning to the summit of a neighbouring tree, and from this elevated position commenced a series of contortions and gestures, calling aloud in a doleful voice, spitting, and snorting, evidently intending thereby to dissipate the vision, or render powerless the superhuman visitants — for as such, no doubt, he regarded the explorers.