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Khundoo was accompanied by one or smallest portion of his victim. As I two of his own men, and a few village said above, he was soon found, there bheels; and whilst hot on the track of being nothing to conceal him, and the tiger, one of the latter pointed to powder and ball came briskly into what he supposed to be it, concealed play. Whenever he had the opportuin a large bush. Khundoo, doubting nity he charged furiously, but was each the eye of any one but a practised time luckily stopped. Game to the last, hand like himself, scarce looked to the when, surrounded by the elephants, he bush at the time, but taunting his com- charged gallantly up a steep bank for panion with his want of knowledge of Hyder, the guns in whose howdah what a tiger was, went deliberately up were by no means idle. Six or eight to the edge and stooped to look in. barrels saluted him in succession from Alas! it was too clearly proved that that howdah alone, besides others his game was there, for in the twink- from the opposite side ; a shake of the ling of an eye, a rush, and the fall of head and a growl told full true each poor Khundoo, discovered the tiger. time that the lead had reached its The whole thing was instantaneous ; mark. Still determined, he dragged but an instant under the jaws of a his bleeding body to the charge, and tiger is an age. A litter was pro- had with tremendous efforts reached cured, and while the most part watch within a few steps of the top of the ed down the tiger, the rest bore the bank, when a finishing shot from the wounded man to Moolleir. While opposite side took him in the back, this was happening, we were killing a and down he rolled dead. A finer bear in an opposite direction, and on specimen of a tiger could not be, either our return to the tents were apprised as regards size, beauty, or ferocity. of what had occurred. Every thing • We returned to our sick patient : that could be of use was sent to the his wounds had been dressed, and all sufferer, and on our way to avenge his that human aid could do was tried ; loss we proceeded to the huts where but what art could save a man in the he was lying. At his request we left centre of whose shoulder the teeth of him to be attended by the native such a monster had actually met? doctors, and proceeded to the ele. The whole of the bones, from the point phants; and a short time sufficed to of the shoulder to the very neck, were find the tiger. The jungle was ex- almost I may say ground to pieces, tremely thin, in fact scarcely deserving and another awful bite through the the name of cover; the ground level, neck itself would alone have decided with here and there a small nullah; a his fate. The whole of these tremenroad ran close by, and in addition to dous wounds were the work of an intwo or three men whom he had killed stant, and entirely affected by the outright upon it, not a few have been teeth; he was untouched by the paws. half-dead with terror on hearing his Unremitted attention from master and growl within a few feet of them. The doctor proved unavailing, and poor natives, who at last well knew his Khundoo, after showing symptoms of haunts, declared that, contrary to the delirium, expired at ten on the night practice of tigers in general, he would of the following day.” This, as may never move off at the near approach be supposed, was a damper to the spi. of man, but warned him of his danger rits of the party, though it is equally by a deep growl, which signal was, it probable that it increased the enjoymay be supposed, readily taken. In ment of flooring the next tiger they some few cases, however, where the came across. It is not an ordinary warning was either not heard or dis- game-bag that would suffice for such regarded, the death or severe wound- sport, as may be seen by the following of the unfortunate traveller im- ing measurements given of a tiger and mediately followed, though in no in- tigress killed near Dharwar:-stance had he been known to eat the


Tigress. Length from the nose to the end of the tai 9 ft. 5 in. 8 ft. 4 in. Shoulder to toe,


3 21 Girth of body,


3 6 Ditto of foreleg at elbow,


1 41 Ditto of head,


2 Ditto of neck,


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If any one will have the kindness on our tats, on the road to the huntingto mention a more disconsolate ani. ground, which was still three miles mal than a lieutenant in a garrison- distant, and which we reached as town—even in Edinburgh Castle—we nearly as possible by ten o'clock. shall be much obliged to him. The “ The jungle is as pretty looking a peripatetic philosophy is not limbi- patch as one would wish to see. It bed by mere walking, or Prince's stands on the banks of a small river; Street might be made a school of is about three hundred yards long by wisdom. What are the occupations a hundred and fifty deep, the rear prohe must have recourse to?-for it is tected by the river ; in front is a fine

; impossible he can exist without some plain for about four hundred yards, sort of occupation, good or bad. He when the ground becomes rather rocky, probably either breaks a bloodvessel but still may be considered good. To in playing on the flute, or smokes him the right and rear it is much worse; self into a consumption. He goes oc- but as we arranged the beaters so that casionally to a ball_he is asked out the hog were not likely to take in to dinner in families where the daugh- either of these directions, we were ters are either all married or all in the not under any apprehensions on this nursery. He attends parade—he sees point. To the left also the ground is the same faces at mess-he goes the good. On looking about us, we began same dull jog-trot round from one to be sensible that our trouble in year's end to the other, till at last he coming thus far would be rewarded is only saved from vague ideas of sui- with success. The large pugs in the cide or colonization, by being marched bed of the river, and the rooting up to some other quarters, where the in various parts at the borders of the same scene is to be enacted in all its jungle, convinced us that there were parts. Take, by way of a contrast, a not only hog there, but some prime

spurt” taken one day from the camp The jungle was composed of at Sholapore, by a couple of jolly baubul bushes and grass, in some parts Subs., and mark how splendid an en- very thick, though not very high ; and joyment it is to hunt the bristly boar, from all we could gather, we felt coneven though you have no relish for vinced it was to be a certain find. pork-chops. « Intelligence was recei. " About ten o'clock the beaters were ved of hog about forty miles from all in line, with their right brought a camp, and as there was every hope of little forward, to prevent the hog from good sport for one day only, we de taking to the bad ground there—as I termined on having that one day; and have before mentioned. On the exevery thing having been arranged for treme right, on the verge of the jungle, that purpose, and two of the party, were stationed a couple of beaters on with all the horses, &c., having gone "an elevated piece of ground, on the on a head, the remaining two (of look-out, and ready to give us the whom I was one) got into our palan- signal by waving cloths so soon as the keens on the night of the 4th Octo- hog should start. Immediately oppober, and at half-past three on the fol- site to these, but on the left flank, lowing morning found ourselves at were stationed the hunters, four in Mohol, twenty miles distant from number; and our position was such camp. We slept till daybreak, and that we were almost certain of seeing then got into a nibbs to go the re. the hog as soon as they should clear maining twenty miles by breakfast. the thick jungle. These arrangeBy having a fresh horse laid halfway, ments having been effected, we were we contrived to do it by half-past waiting in that state of suspense when eight, and reached the tents at the vil. every minute seems an hour, when the lage of Marah, an hour and a half report of a pistol, and the dashing of sooner than our friends who had gone the beaters into the jungle with a in advance had anticipated. The kha- shout that might have been heard for bur on our arrival we found to be miles around, and must have made the puckha ; the hog had been seen there hog prick up their ears a few, made the day before, and we were in the high- us take a good grip of our bridles, and est possible spirits. A basty break- arrange our seats to be ready for them fast--for we were too eager for the whenever they should break cover. sport to eat much-baving been dis. “ The effects of their shouting were patched, by half-past nine we were sapn evident, and five finę hog yere


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seen breaking cover. We were imme. killed. We had now had no less than diately at their heels, but the thing five runs, in which all hands were was not well managed: it would take engaged, the day, as I have before up too much time to explain how it mentioned, being extremely hot; and was ;

:-but to the fact : only one large having only two horses each, comsow was killed, and one, after having pletely out of training, and not at all been twice speared, escaped into a in condition for such violent exercise, sugar-cane field. One of them reached we began to find that both men and the jungle again, but where the rest horses had had nearly enough for one went we could not discover.

day. However, we knew that there turning to the jungle, one hog was were more hog in the jungle; and as perceived about a mile off, taking long as our nags could go, (though across a fine plain. We gave chase, they had been already twice changed,) and were rapidly closing in on her we had no idea of giving in. Acwhen she took refuge in a sugar-cane cordingly, each mounting our freshest field ; it served, however, only to give horse, we again took post in our old her ten minutes' breathing-time, at the place, and on beating the jungle were expiration of which we turned her out. again successful; a sounder of twelve She had not half a mile to go to reach now broke out, of which three were the jungle, and was on the point of killed, and three more lost in the junentering it, when she was speared gle and sugar-cane field after having through, and dropped dead on the been speared. With the death of one edge.

other ended the sport of the day, and « The day was exceedingly hot, and we wound up with eight killed and while the beaters were being put in four more lost after being speared. their original position, we retired un- Our horses were ridden to a stand-still, der a tree for a sup of grog; and hav- and besides, two of us were obliged to ing soon taken up our former station, be at Mohol, halfway back to camp, had not been there five minutes before by sunset, and it was

now three our friends on the right waved their o'clock, so we mounted our tits and cloths. On coming up to them, we cantered to the tents. On arriving found that two hogs were coming out, there we found the dinner ready, and but stopped short on the edge of the after a hasty meal got into the nibbs jungle: they soon started, but turned at four o'clock, and reached Mohol back into the thicket. We were sendo exactly at half-past sixçin the palaning the beaters back to beat it again, keens by seven-reached camp at halfand had retired to our post, when we past two on the following morning, perceived a large hog, who, having and were on parade at gunfire." crossed the river, was now cantering This is what we call a very praisealong the banks. We had heard that worthy specimen of pluck and bottom; there was a large boar there, and now for nibbses are not made by London made sure that we had got him. We coachmakers, nor are the roads macdashed across the river after him, and adamized. The thermometer was perceived him making straight for a probably at 95°, and galloping after a small patch of bajjeree. This he sounder of twelve hog is not quite an reached without being speared ; but occupation adapted for the dog-days. remained in it only long enough to But glory is a wonderful support in allow the huntsmen to surround it, the hottest weather: we doubt not when he again took away over a fine that it is nearly as inspiring as the sup plain, and was almost immediately of grog we find so modestly alluded killed; but to our disappointment, in- to; and greater glory or more rapstead of being a boar, as we had ex- turous excitement is nowhere to be pected, it was a sow. [Our gallant met with than in standing the rush of friend, we can hardly doubt, has spent a huge brown boar, and planting your the greater part of his youth within a spear right in his bristly neck when few miles of the hill of Howth.] his tusk is within a foot of your horse's

“ We again returned to the jungle, breast-cutting down a cuirassier is and had not even commenced beating perhaps more exhilarating still, or when we saw another single hog taking splitting the turban of a Thug; but, in a away in front, at a rapid pace: we quiet way, we are not sure that weshould were all after her in a twinkling, and not prefer transfixing the iracundus after a run of about a mile she was

aper. And, while we are about it, we NO, CCXCIII, VOL. XLVII,

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must quote one or two most admirable This strikes us to have the genuine staves,-for the boar-hunters of the « birr." Deccan are not unknown to song.


Awake ! up, up, and away to the wood,

Where the grizzly sounder's sleeping ;
Where the panther prowls, and the wild-wolf howls,

And the dun-deer watch is keeping !
Yes, awake and away! all your dreamings dismiss,

And away with all snobbish adorning ;
There never was ground of such promise as this :

Then huzza for a hunting morning!

0! who'd the glorious chase forsake,

When the grey bear's track we follow
O’er the mountain top, through the thorny brake,

Or down the steepy hollow ?
Then awake and away, &c. &c. &c.
Though the bowl may yield some joy to the heart,

Of rapture, too, partaking ;
Yet it never can rival the sounder's start,

Or the crash of the grey boar breaking.
Then awake and away, &c. &c. &c.
Though some still swear no charm can vie

With beauty's glance and tone,
Yet give me the flash of the boar's brown eye,

And the roar of his dying groan.

Then awake and away, &c. &c. &c. Parodies are generally poor enough erable professor had known the tune things. They are something like a of one of those ballads as well as the practice, very common among the words, he would have carried his en. smaller fry of wits, of making ludi. thusiasm to a still higher pitch. No. crous quotations of Scriptural ex- thing can be better than the rapid pressions. A good man," quoth roll of the music ; and as we our Samuel Johnson, « dislikes it for its selves wear a blue bonnet, we are not profanity, and a clever man despises ashamed to confess, that when we it for its facility.” But an imitation hear that usdos sung with suitable is a very superior thing to a parody; spirit, very absurd ideas slip into our and what may be called a parallelism head of the iniquity of laws against is a finer thing still. There are few sheep-driving, house-burning, and songs finer, in their way, than “ Hur- harrying the English, which we know rah for the bonnets o' blue. The were the favourite occupations of our tune, to be sure, is a great help to forefathers. The “ Blue bonnets over the words, for it stirs the heart of a the Border" is another dangerous balBorderer like the notes of a trumpet; lad, and ought to be bound over in its and, in a foray to Carlisle gates, there own recognisances, as tending to a is no saying what might be the effect breach of the peace. Now, what of so dashing a chorus among a set these and similar ditties are on the of wild reavers, devoted to pillage Border, are some of the songs by our

« Et mihi, mehercle !” as gallant young huntsmen in the Jungles old Lowth exclaims in a paroxysm

of Hindostan. We should like to see of minstrel ardour_" plus valuisset the man whose heart doesn't dance unum 'Aguodie pedos quam omnes Phi- when he listens to such a stave as lippicæ orationes !” And we cannot this :for an instant doubt, that, if the ven

and song.




Here's a bumper to spur and to spear !

A bumper to challenge a song!
A bumper to those, who, where'er the boar goes,

Are spearing and spurring along !
'Tis good to be steady and cool,

'Tis better to dare than to doubt,
'Tis best to keep clear of the snobs in the rear,

And be always thrown in than thrown out!
Then hurrah for the spur and the spear !

Hurrah for the zest of my song !
Hurrah for all those, who, where'er the boar goes,

Are spearing and spurring along !
Here's a cheer for the charms of the chase!

A cheer for a glorious burst!
And who wouldn't cheer, when the bold win the spear ;

For the fearless are always the first.
There are some ever in the right place

There are some who just toddle and trot-
There are many who love every danger to face

And many, I swear, who do not !
Then hurrah for the spur and the spear!

Hurrah for the zest of my song!
Hurrah for all those, who, where'er the boar goes,

Are spearing and spurring along !
There's a joy when the boar makes his rush-

There's a joy when the monster first bleeds-
There's a joy though to-day has now glided away ;

For to-morrow shall double our deeds!
Here's a sigh for the sportsman afar,

A welcome to those who are here-
A health to the whole, who, in spirit and soul,

Are friends of the spur and the spear !
Then hurrah for the spur and the spear!

Hurrah for a jovial song!
Hurrah for all those, who, where'er the boar goes,

Are spearing and spurring along!

The stormy joy of the chase in the ary reputation—they are the unpremorning, and the convivial enjoy- meditated sketches of gay young men, ments of music such as this, and iced who had no ambition of authorship ; Lafitte at night, are some slight alle- but were only inspired by a strong viations to the pangs of absence from love of sport, and had probably a far merry England, the slowness of pro- more intimate acquaintance with Dunmotion, and the hot climate of the das than with Lindley Murray. The gorgeous East. Hunting those tame- hot sun ripens mere boys into good less savages of the wood is a fine pre- soldiers and brave huntsmen, much paration for an active campaign; and more rapidly in the great plains of we will venture a slight wager that Hindostan, than we could imagine not a few of the foremost of the possible in our native land, the stormy stormers of Ghuznee were heroes of north. A youth goes out as a cadet the spur and the spear.

at sixteen or seventeen, with a strong Be it remembered that the view we predilection for barley-sugar and have here taken is furnished to us, penny tarts; a dreadful awe of his not by the hands of the Mundys and pedagogue haunts his dreams ; he Bacons, and other gentlemen of liter- finds the apron-string of his mother

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