The camp was broken up, and the march continued again in the sameorder. It was necessary to pass through the underwood, so as not toleave the course of the rivulet. There had been some paths there,formerly, but those paths were dead, according to the nativeexpression - that is, brambles and brushwood had usurped them. In thesepainful conditions they might spend three hours in making one mile.The blacks worked without relaxation. Hercules, after putting littleJack back in Nan's arms, took his part of the work; and what a part!He gave stout "heaves," making his ax turn round, and a hole was madebefore them, as if he had been a devouring fire.
The next stage was over more open country, with good grass and smoother soil, but Nampara and its hawthorn hedge shut in the place again, and they struck into a bye-road where the frost had done much to destroy the rankness of the turf. And it was again the cattle lumbered. The blacks drove them before them, but Imogene dropped back, for her tender feet were not strong enough to bear her up. It was not wise for her to go thus, for the road might unawares be flushed with concealed bandolo or fugitive slaves. d2c66b5586