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of the deep ravines that divide the hills. This was the tigers' path to and from their stronghold, and our position commanded it in every direction.

After half an hour's tedious suspense, the cry of the beaters came shrilly echoing up the ravine, and signals were made that the tigers were afoot. Every rustle was now watched with breathless anxietythe heavy tread of some animal was heard approaching.

The elephant trumpeted; and next moment, from under a tangled mass of creepers, appeared the grisly muzzle of an old bear, taking a precautionary peep before he ventured to expose his whole person. Fortunately for poor Bruin, there was nobler game at hand; a hearty malediction, for intruding himself when not wanted, was the only reception he met with, and away he bundled, with most uncouth activity, down a precipitous bank, completely frightened out of his propriety by a view-holla from old Anack, that made the welkin ring.

Before the bear was out of sight, a tigress, in all the pride of her striped beauty, was gliding by with the stealthy pace of a cat. Two balls were into her before she passed; but she neither winced nor staggered, and disappeared among the bushes without uttering a growl.

By this time the rockets were doing their work at the other end of the ravine. A short angry roar came hoarsely on the breeze, that drove before it a sheet of flame from the ignited grass; and two tigers, with their tails erect, dashed passed us at full speed. Each shot was answered by a savage growl, and a hind-leg dangling after him, as the bushes closed over his shrinking form, showed that one of them was severely hit. The other escaped untouched, E and I having fired at the same tiger.

Signals having been made that the fourth tiger had broken away across country, we ordered the beaters to retire to places of safety, and went in with the elephant to finish the wounded ones. Close to the bush where she had disappeared, we found the first tigress stretched on her side, in a pool of blood, and quite dead: she was shot through the heart, and must have dropped just as we lost sight of her.

A little further on, the growling of the wounded tiger guided us to a dense thicket of creepers, in which he was lying. Anack set to work in earnest, and tore away with his trunk the tangled mass, till he came upon the tiger's lair. The crippled savage crawled out, grinning with rage, but too weak to charge, and was rolled over by a volley of four barrels. He, however, recovered himself, and, while we reloaded, crawled away to another small clump of bushes, where he lay watching us, till we again went up to him. Game to the last, he rushed out to meet us, and was shot dead directly under the elephant's trunk. As it was near sunset, we thought it too late to follow up the two tigers that had broken away, and returned to the tents, well pleased with our day's sport.

In the evening a party of dancing-girls from the neighbouring pagoda, came to exhibit before us. They were pretty graceful creatures, with antelope eyes, and well-turned limbs, richly dressed in silken robes, with a profusion of silver bangles encircling their slender ankles, and wreaths of wild jessamine twined among their dark hair. Their dancing, too, or rather their motion,-for the twining of their slender

figures, and the waving of their arms, could hardly be called dancing -were rather graceful; and the exhibition would have been pleasing enough, were it not that they accompanied their movements with a song, the shrill discordant notes of which were perfectly distracting, and made us soon glad to dismiss them.

I have heard some shrill pipes enough among the lasses of my native land, but never have I heard a voice so shrill, so piercing, or so unmusical, as that of an Indian Nautch-girl. Yet the nobles of the east will sit for hours together, listening with delight to their discordant notes; and so depraved is their taste, that I never met with a single native who could appreciate European music. They acknowledge our superiority in most things, but declare that we are centuries behind them in the art of producing sweet sounds.

April 23d.-E- and I fell in with a sounder of hog this morning, on our way back from a neighbouring village, where he had been to transact some business. We fortunately had our hunters and spears with us, and soon collected a number of country-people to drive them out of a field of grain in which they had taken refuge. We let the sounder get well away, in hopes of a boar being left behind in the grain; but none appearing, we laid into the largest sow at a pace that soon brought us alongside of her. Challenger went well, and this being his first trial, pleases me much. He shows great speed, is perfectly temperate, and turns well in a snaffle, which is a qualification of the utmost importance in a hog-hunter. I ought to have taken the first spear easily; but, being a novice in the use of the weapon, I missed my thrust, smashed my spear-head among the stones, nearly lost my seat, and was cut out by E- on a much slower horse.

We had hardly reached the tents, when we were met by a Peon, with the welcome intelligence of a large boar wallowing in a tank within half a mile of the tents. Spears and fresh horses were quickly produced, and we had just mounted, when a horseman galloped up, and announced a tiger marked down in the opposite direction. We were now embarrassed with two much good news; but we speedily decided in favour of the tiger, and, in less than an hour, were seated on the back of our trusty friend Anack, and listening to the shouts of the beaters as they drove the tiger towards us. He came up boldly, and was almost abreast of us; when, unfortunately, the elephant trumpeted, and spoilt all. The tiger instantly turned and galloped back, at his best pace, to some impenetrable covert, and the flying shots we sent after him in his retreat only knocked up the gravel about his heels, without doing him any harm. Every attempt to burn him out, or force the elephant in, was equally unavailing, for the bushes were green, and the tangled thicket perfectly impenetrable; and after expending all our fireworks, we were obliged to give in and leave him.

April 25th.-Fortune favoured us to-day, three tigers having been found by the merest chance, when it appeared more than probable that we must return empty handed. E- and I rode out at daylight to reconnoitre the country, where our people had been sent the day before to look for tigers. We were holding a consultation with old Bussapa, who was quite in low spirits, having failed in discovering any fresh tracks; and we had just decided on trying new ground, when a

tigress, with two well-grown cubs, nearly as large as herself, came down from the hills, and quietly walked into a ravine within a few hundred yards of us.

All was speedily arranged, the elephant posted in a good position, markers placed on every rising ground commanding the ravine, and the beaters drawn up ready to act. The signal was given. In went a flight of rockets, accompanied by the true shikar yell, and the tigress was afoot, trotting towards us. We let her come up within ten yards, and then, as she stood hesitating whether to charge or turn back upon the beaters, we gave her a volley that sent her down upon her haunches. She instantly rallied, and laid up in one of the strong coverts of the ravine. The two cubs galloped past together, roaring so loud that the elephant became alarmed, and wheeled round at the moment we were about to fire. This disconcerted our aim, and they escaped, one untouched, and the other slightly wounded in the hind-quarter. The wounded cub crept, growling, into the first thick bush he reached, and was marked down by one of the look-out men, and there we left him to his meditations, while we disposed of the old tigress. Little search was required to find her; she came boldly forth to meet us, received our fire, and dashed at the elephant without flinching, although she was severely hit, and was obliged to climb a high bank to reach him. A ball between the eyes dropped her, when in the act of springing on the elephant, and she rolled into the nullah dead.

A storm which had been gathering for hours among the hills, now rolled on in masses of clouds, black as night, and burst over our heads, with a peal of thunder that seemed to shake the earth to its centre. The rain descended in a deluge, such as can only be witnessed in the tropics; and, in less than ten minutes, the dry channel of the nullah had become a foaming torrent, hurrying away the carcass of the dead tigress that, a few minutes before, had been trotting along its hot sandy bed. The whole face of the country was soon a sheet of water, and there was nothing for it but to gallop home before the nullahs became impassable. We reached our tents about sunset, more than halfdrowned, after a splitting gallop of eight miles across country, during which I thought myself fortunate in only getting one fall.

The tigress killed to-day was a savage devil, well known in this part of the country, and had destroyed a number of people lately. One of her victims was poor Bussapa's son before mentioned. He had fired at and missed her, when she charged, pulled him down from the tree on which he was seated, and carried him off.

Her death has occasioned great joy among the country-people, and no one glories in her fall more sincerely than old Bussapa.

April 29th.-We left the village with the unpronounceable name three days ago, and have done nothing on the road, except frightening a bear, which beat us among the hills.

This morning we found two bears asleep in one of the deep nullahs near the river, or rather they were found for us, and intelligence sent in, just as we were on the point of marching. They were easily started, and came up abreast of each other along a ledge on the face of a steep rock. E- and I took one each, and they both dropped at the same moment. The largest, mortally wounded, never moved from the spot, but expired with a long yell, that was

returned by a hundred echoes. The other looked at his fallen companion, and rose slowly, and before we could snatch up our spare guns, threw himself over the scarped rock, and rolled like an avalanche into the dark ravine. He reached the bottom just as the beaters arrived at the spot, and immediately charged one of them. But fortunately he was so much exhausted by his wounds, and the rapid descent he had made, that the man he attempted to seize was able, with the assistance of his companions, to beat him off without being bitten, or receiving any other injury than being spattered with blood. In the midst of the mêlée a panther sprung up, and broke cover at a racing pace. We gave chase, but he beat us, and reached the hills untouched; and on our return we found that the wounded bear had fought his way through the beaters and escaped. We never found him again.

Gootul, April 31st.-A notorious old man-eating tigress, with four cubs, that has been the terror of the neighbourhood for some months back, was marked down this morning, and almost the whole population of the village turned out to assist in her destruction. As she had the character of extreme ferocity, unusual precautions were taken in beating her up, and volleys of blank cartridge, with flights of rockets, were thrown into every thick place, far in advance of the beaters.

The tigress was soon afoot, and our assistant mahout, who was posted on a tree to look out, held up five fingers to telegraph, while he shook with agitation on beholding the whole royal family passing close under him. On reaching the edge of the cover where we were posted, the tigress left her cubs behind, walked out into the plain, and boldly looked the elephant in the face, laying her ears back, growling savagely, and curling up her whiskered lips with a look of indescribable ferocity. Every hair on her back stood erect, her long tail switched from side to side like that of an enraged cat, and her glowing eyes were fixed upon us with a look of fiendish malignity. I never saw a more perfect representation of an incarnate devil; and I remained for some seconds, with my rifle poised, studying the magnificent picture which the scene presented, and feeling a sort of reluctance to put an end to it by firing the first shot.

Every tree and rock was crowded with spectators, watching with anxious looks and beating hearts the issue of our contest with their deadly foe. The wild yells of the beaters, the hissing of the rockets, and the rattle of firearms, had given place to an ominous silence, like that which proceeds the outbreak of a hurricane; and no sound was heard, save an occasional low deep growl, which might well be compared to distant thunder that heralds the appoaching tempest. The tigress, in the attitude I have described, and our noble elephant, with his trunk carefully coiled up between his tusks, stood face to face, like two combatants who have just entered the lists, and scan each other with jealous looks before venturing to engage in mortal combat.

The elephant took one step forward, and the tigress, uttering a hoarse growl, drew herself together as if about to spring. It was now time to act, and the report of our rifles was answered by an exulting shout from the spectators, as the tigress, hit in the point of the shoulder, rolled over, tearing up the earth with her claws in many a fruitless effort to regain her footing. She at last succeeded in doing so, and April.-VOL. LXVII. NO. CCLXVIII.

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slunk back into cover, with one fore-leg dangling from the shoulder. This shot decided her fate; and to prevent any accident occurring to mar the sport we anticipated when she was brought to close quarters we ordered the spectators and beaters to betake themselves to trees, where they would be fairly out of reach.

Anack was now walked into the thicket, but we had hardly proceeded twenty yards, when that harsh grating roar that makes the blood curdle, followed by a despairing shriek, gave us dread warning that some unfortunate beater had disregarded our caution, and fallen a victim to his temerity. A wild cry of rage and execration arose from the assembled multitude, many of whom, from their elevated positions, were enabled to witness the tragedy. But so far from being awed by the fate of their companion, it was with some difficulty that we prevented them from rushing in, sword in hand, and hewing the tiger to pieces although they well knew, in so doing, many lives must have been sacrificed.

Every exertion was now made to hurry the elephant to the spot. The mahout plied his iron goad, and the sagacious brute crashed his way through the tangled brushwood to the scene of blood. The tigress, enraged by the pain of her wounds, and roused to madness by the taste of blood, rushed out upon three legs, and charged the elephant with determined bravery. Our large friend with the trunk did not like it, and wheeling round with a scream of alarm, he shuffled off at his best trot, jolting the howdah to such a degree, that we found it impossible to fire, although the tigress was giving chase, open mouthed, and close at his haunches.

The mahout at last succeeded in checking his pace to a certain degree, and just as the tigress was about to spring on his croup, I took a snap shot, and hit her. This made the savage old devil rather faint, and she lay down to recover her breath. After some trouble, we succeeded in stopping the elephant, and coaxed him into returning to stand another charge.

The tigress lay perfectly still till we were within ten yards, when she started up with a loud roar, and made at us more savagely than ever. She had hardly got upon her legs, however, when she was knocked over by a volley from four barrels, and completely doubled up.

The elephant, whose nerves appeared to have been 'shaken by the first charge, again turned tail. On returning after having reloaded, we found the tigress lying with her head between her paws, ready to receive us. We fired at her when in the act of springing on the elephant's trunk, and a lucky shot between the eyes rolled her over

dead.

The fall of this noted tigress was hailed with shouts of triumph by the amateurs who had watched the whole proceeding from their perches; and a poor little herd-boy, whose brother had been devoured a few days before by the tigress and her cubs, was the first to descend and exult over the prostrate man-eater.

As the cubs were described as not being larger than a pointer-dog, we commenced a hunt after them on foot, armed with swords; but the little brutes had concealed themselves so effectually, that we could not find them.

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