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Gorilla Hunters

Robert Michael Ballantyne (1825-1894)

1. In Which the Hunters Are Introduced.
2. Life in the Wild Woods.
3. Wherin I mount guard, and how I did it, etcetera
4. Wherein will be found much that is Philosophical.
5. Preparations for a grand hunt.
6. Dreaming and feeding and bloody work enlarged upon.
7. We circumvent the natives.
8. Peterkin distinguishes himself, and Okandaga is disposed of, etcetera.
9. I discover a strange insect, and Peterkin takes a strange flight.
10. Water Appreciated--Destructive Flies, Etcetera.
11. How We Met With Our First Gorilla, and How We Served Him.
12. Peterkin's Schoolday Reminiscences.
13. We get into 'The Thick of It'--Great Success.
14. Our Plans are Suddenly Altered--Wicked Designs Discovered.
15. An unexpected meeting--We fly, and I make a narrow escape from an appalling fate.
16. An unfortunate delay, and a terrible visitor.
17. We visit a natural menagerie, see wonderful sights, and meet with strange adventures.
18. Strange and Terrible Discoveries--Jack is made commander-in-chief of an army.
19. Preparations for War, and Peculiar Drill.
20. A Warlike Expedition and a Victory.
21. Arrangements for Pursuing the enemy, and sudden change of plans.
22. We Meet with a Ludricrously Awful Adventure.
23. We see strange things, and give our negro friends the slip.
24. A Long Chase, and a Happy Termination Thereof.
25. I Have a Desperate Encounter and a Narrow Escape.

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Ralph Rover is happily at home from his adventure on The Coral Island and wondering if he should settle down when he receives a visit from an eccentric stranger that won't give his name. This visit starts him on a string of adventures that find him getting charged by rhinoceroses, chased by African natives, and facing down a larger-than-life gorilla on his own. Of course, this is only the start of his adventure in to the land of the gorillas. Please note: this book has some words now considered derogatory, which are used in a generic way without any derogatory meaning. At the time the book was written, these words were normal language. I have endeavored to read them as such--words that were perfectly suitable in the context of their day.