???the lurking16 figure grew tenser still, and the sound of a low growl17, almost animal-like in character, might have been heard. Slowly the rifle was nestled closer to the shoulder.
The panama hat, being too conspicuous18, was pulled off and dropped behind him, after which the bare, rather bald head was lowered until the right cheek touched the stock of the gun. The left eye was closed, and the right sighted along the barrel, which at the same time was shifted, following the man on horseback.