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requisite in the propagation of the black bass
a narrow staircase, so narrow and with steps is the selection of the water best adapted to
A DAY AT SALEM.
of such a shape, diminishing fan-like at one its nature and wants. It is with lakes and
side, that in descending one is liable to slip rivers as it is with diferent kinds of neede I" for not always to be accounted as a mes:
off and come thumping down from one land.
fortune to miss your train, and be left ing to another. crops for which it is best adapted. It would over for a few hours at some place on your There is a singular cupboard or closet in be folly to place trout in still and sluggish way, instead of being sped on, as you had one apartment, having steps in it, the floor waters with muddy bottoms—as foolish, in- expected, to that other place where you of which is breast-high, so that one could sit deed, as it would be to transfer from its tur meant to be. Certainly not a misfortune, if there as in a capacious seat; and there is a bid element to a clear, cold, and swift-run you should chance to be stranded, as we remarkable arrangement of fireplaces all ning mountain-stream, coursing over its sandy were, in the ancient town of Salem.
across the corners of their respective rooms, or rocky bed, the uncomely and repelling Once there, there were but two things to so that if the partition-walls were to be taken catfish. It is to the nice discrimination ex be thought of—the haunts of Hawthorne and down they would be found to fit round the ercised by the fish-culturist in such important the Salem witches. It would be hard to say chimney as triangular pieces do round the points that the present encouraging state of with which the place seemed most associated. central square in a patchwork-quilt. In the the art is due.
But Hawthorne, the house in which he was back-chamber at the left, the two windows Although our State Legislatures have born, the one which was afterward from time of which look down into the cheerless backbeen somewhat slow in aiding and encourag to time his home, the Custom-House, “The yard, Hawthorne first opened his eyes to the ing the Fish Commissioners, yet much has Scarlet Letter," "The Old Town-Pump," "The light on the 4th of July, seventy-one years been done by judicious and well - directed House of the Seven Gables”-all these came ago. legislation for the promotion of the work in thronging into one's mind, and took prece That he had no joyous remembrances of which they are engaged. Laws have been dence of the diablerie, and clearly the first this house bis own records in his “Notepassed for the punishment by fine or impris- named was the legitimate starting-point. Ac- Book” abundantly show. One brief item in onment of persons convicted of selling fishcordingly we took our way, as so many have 1836 reads thus: “In this dismal chamber out of the season within which they are done, to that house in Union Street where the Fame was won (Salem, Union Street);” and allowed to be captured. But our law-makers great romancer first saw the light.
in 1840, still brooding over the long delays should go still further : they should not only The Hawthorne house, where the worthy that had attended his recognition as an auprohibit the catching of fish by illegitimate Captain Nathaniel left his little family when thor, he writes: "Here I sit in my old accusmethods-by the liming or poisoning of wa he went to sea, is on a narrow street leading tomed chamber, where I used to sit in days ter, by the use of giant-powder, and other down toward the water-a prosaic kind of gone by. . . . If ever I should have a biogequally atrocious and criminal appliances, street, cheerless by reason of its common rapher, he ought to make great mention of but they should impose heavy penalties for placeness, and one that would have a depress this chamber in my memoirs, because so much the capture of the young of trout, salmon, ing influence on such a temperament as Haw of my lonely youth was wasted here, and salmon-trout, and other fish, under a certain thorne's. It was probably inhabited in his here my mind and character were formed, and weight. As it is, the indiscriminate warfare childhood by the class of people who make here I have been glad and hopeful, and here waged by thoughtless or unscrupulous an the average in a community; it is very quiet, I have been despondent. And here I sat a glers upon troutlets so small that it would too quiet, and must have always been very long, long time, waiting patiently for the take twenty or thirty to weigh a pound, much as pow, except that it has settled more world to know me, and sometimes wondering should no longer be tolerated. To such an and more into a state of grayness and pas-why it did not know me sooner, or whether extent has this style of fishing been carried sivity. One standing on that door-stone, and it would ever know me at all, or at least till that hundreds of our streams and brooks looking across and up and down, sees noth- I were in my grave." have been literally depopulated, while others ing in any way attractive, unless it be the The house of his mother's family, to which have been so overfished that the capture of a large gabled house wbich faces the head of they removed after his father was lost at sea, trout weighing a pound, or even half a pound, the street, and the masts of vessels above the known as the Manning Place, is on the next is an event of rare occurrence. Another se- roofs at the lower end; and it is easy enough street, running parallel with it, and the gardens rious obstacle to the increase in the size and to understand why the precocious, large join. He lived there many years, there spent number of trout in our waters is to be found brained, melancholy -eyed child, with the his college vacations, and to it returned, even in the damming up of our streams for the quaint name, who used to come out and sit after his marriage, making it his frequent running of mills and factories. All access on the threshold, should have grown up a abode for longer or shorter intervals, and to the spawning beds in the upper waters is student of men and women rather than of there a good deal of his earlier writing was thus completely cut off, and in course of time Nature, analyzing human moods and motives done. His special study was up in the third the inevitable consequence follows—the trout rather than taking delight in outward aspects story, in the most secluded part, as suited die out! A simple remedy for this is the of wood, and sea, and sky. There was noth- his babits, in a back-chamber, the window of construction of a fisb-way which, while it ing fair and gracious in his immediate sur which on the one side looked down into the would not materially reduce the quantity of roundings, and of necessity he became in little room where he was born and the dismal water in the dam, would yet afford an unob-trospective. The houses open directly on court below, on the other off over the distant structed and sufficiently wide passage to per- | the street, baving no yard in front, no space tree-tops to the promontory of Marblehead. mit of the ascent of the fish during the spawn- for vines or flower-borders, no trees worth The street is broader than the other, and ing season.
naming, and no room for gardens unless with the mansion was once a fine one, with two With such protection from our law-mak-in a scant place hidden by the high fences.fronts, so to speak; one opening into a garden ers, and liberal appropriations to meet the His own is no exception; there is just a bit roomy enough for flower-borders and shrubreasonable demands of the commissioners of ground at one side, and a tiny court at bery, and where one family of the many that and superintendents for the means essential the back, the only greenery of which is a now tenant it have scarlet-runners and mornto the successful prosecution of their labors, solitary peach-tree.
ing-glories, adding an element of glowing the most sanguine expectations of our fish. The house itself is superior to most of color to a place which, but for that, would be culturists will be realized; our exhausted those on the street. It is two stories high, altogether dreary with the ashen grayness of waters will be replenished, a valuable addi- with a high roof, and great, square chimney age and neglect. The gabled end is on the tion will be made to our food-supply, a great in the centre. The present occupants are street, and this house, like the other, is close branch of our productive industry will not three or four families of decent Irish, who upon the sidewalk. The lower front-rooms only be restored, but rendered more produc- take pleasure in showing the rooms, which have the appearance of having been at some tive and profitable than ever, and a substan are low-posted, with beams crossing the ceil- time used for a store, and the wide, formitial and lasting benefit will be onferred on
ing overhead, after the old style. Two sm dable double doors show immense staples the whole population,
parlors at the front are separated by a little for bar and padlock and strong iron cleats. J. M. entry-way, which leads to similar rooms above There are the remains of a ponderous knock
er, such a one as Hawthorne speaks of as
Hawthorne in the Custom-House grew " the iron hammer," summoning those with the reuerable officials used to sit and doze in morbid. “My imagination,” he says, in; he further describes such a building as the summer-time, have been substituted ele- a tarnished mirror-it would not reflect, or this, “ the timber frame of solid oak and gant, modern arm-chairs. The room at the only with miserable dimness, the figures with chimney, with flues large enough for the left, where he, the “Locofoco surveyor," as he which I did my best to people it. ... An witches to fly out, round which the com- calls himself, sat, an unwilling habitant of entire class of susceptibilities and a gist conmunity of gables centred.” It has been inti- the fifteen square feet of space which he used nected with them-of no great richness or mated that this was the very “ House of the to pace back and forth with something of the value, but the best I had—was gone from Seven Gables,” counting in the gabled doors restlessness of a caged animal, is no longer me." to make up the magic number, but there is “cobwebbed and dingy with old paint," but Not so, however, as "The Scarlet Letter” 'no certainty that the author had any one refurnished and refitted ; instead of the gray and other works, and more genial moods, special house in view, so many quaint and sand over the floor, a carpet ; the rickety proved. Wherever he went he came back to ancient ones being familiar to him that he chairs and three-legged stool have been ban- Salem, “like the bad half-penny," he said, needed only to draw slightly on his imagina- | ished to the limbo of dilapidated wares ; Fate took him back. But we cannot help betion for the materials of his famous Pyn- but the pine desk, over which the romancer lieving that he had a fondness for the old chon Mansion. He evidently clung to this spent so many unwilling hours, has been town, though, in perverse humor, he does, quarter of his native town, with which he given by the Custom-House authorities to the with a kind of grim exaggeration, speak of its must always be more especially associated. Institute of his town, and it may be seen in “flat, unvaried surface" and wooden houses, His name, cut with a diamond on the glass, the edifice where are preserved the very saying that its "irregularity was neither pictis to be seen in one of the windows; and the treasures that Hawthorne described forty uresque nor quaint, but only tame”-a "long name could be read, with the date of the years ago, such as the portraits and some and lazy street, with Gallows Hill at one end, building of the house, on a stone at the door, of the garments of such worthies as Gov. and the almshouse at the other." until the accumulation of dust or wear of ernor Leverett and Sir William Pepperell, Salem keeps his memory green, and is time made it illegible.
Bradstreet, the Olivers, Endicotts, and Pyn- proud of the immortality he has given her; The building, however, with which he is chons; and in the rear of which building, and visitors from our own and other lands most intimately identified, far more even than those conservatives of old-time things, the make pilgrimages to bis homes and haunts, with the houses which he lived in, is the Cus- honored members of the society, have caused and leave their little tributes to his genius, a tom-House, which is close by, not far from to be set up an exact model, as to size, archi- laurel - leaf, perhaps, or a more sombre, a the foot of these streets. On the way thither tecture, and all, even to the little diamond-quainter, odder token, for him most aptone comes upon an old pump, which looks paned windows, of the church in which Roger “rosemary"aged enough to be the veritable original of Williams preached.
"That's for remembrance." his charming essay. As it is one-of the only The prospect from the windows of Haw.
A. B. HARRIS. two remaining--of the pumps anciently es- thorne's office - room is not so very dreary tablished in every ward, the presumption is as he would have us think-the discontent that a description of this particular one an of his own feelings must have given sombre
TIGER-HUNTING IN CENswers for Hawthorne's pump, seeing that ness to what, seen on a bright, sunshiny,
TRAL INDIA. they were all alike. It is large enough for August day, was pleasing enough to our eyes. a mausoleum, and looks not unlike one, made One looked up one of the most aristocratic of slabs of dingy stone, like stained, gray
II. streets of Salem, as aristocracy had its
chartere some the burdere veransen som and The mortem or will not be lening de forme
at the foundation, but all inclining inward at the scent of roses” still hangs
guidance of the village shikári before the top, where they are kept in position by a the grand old gardens and terraced walks of he comes on tracks of tigers. Where one band of iron. A decaying segment of log some of those whilom princely residences; or more have been living some time in the appears, in which the pump-handle works the other fronts on Derby Wharf-built long neighborhood, footprints of many dates will
- in vain now, however, since, being long ago, and named for the Derby family—with be found in the sandy bed of almost every out of use, it has no connection with the its row of sail - lofts extending its whole nálá. The history and habits of the tigers water below ; on the front side are two cir- length. Besides this, he had the open har. will generally ooze out of the local hunter at cular holes, like a pair of great eyes, made bor, with the shifting beauty of the water, the sight of these marks. When the fresh in the stone for the insertion of the spouts; and beyond, the high land of Marblehead. tracks of the previous night are found, his and, finally, a long-handled iron dish, like a It was in the front-room on the right, on impassive features will be lighted into intersaucepan or warming-pan on a smaller scale, the floor above, where, “poking” among the est, and, as he follows the trail with the end is attached by an iron chain to the stone by documents which filled some barrels and of his gun, his speech will be low and hurway of drinking-vessel. Altogether, though were piled up on the floor, Hawthorne found, ried from suppressed excitement. There is it may not strike an old Salem resident in on one rainy day, the scarlet letter cut from little chance, however, of coming on the that way, it seems to the stranger a very the red cloth, all embroidered with gold nee brute himself at that early hour. He is unique, antiquated, and remarkable struct. dle-work, and the package which contained probably lying somewhere on an elevated ure.
the records about Hester Prynne. It was place commanding the approaches to his faHawthorne minutely depicts the Custom- then a lumber-room, unpainted and unplas-vorite lair, sunning himself in the soft mornHouse-a brick edifice, fronted by a portico, tered, dim, dusty, cobwebbed, and littered, ing light, and watching against the approach beneath which twelve steps of granite lead but is now handsomely finished and fitted up of danger, until the growing heat about ten to the street ; it faces the dilapidated wharf, for special meetings, and adorned with two o'clock shall have extinguished all signs of where, in the days of Salem's commercial pictures - one a portrait of Joseph Hiller, movement in the neighborhood, when he will glory, the East-India merchants used to con- first Collector of Salem under the new con creep down into some shady nook by the gregate, watching the incoming and unlading stitution, the other that of General Miller, water, and, after a roll in the wet sand, of argosies freighted with treasures from the of Lundy's Lane fame—the man who said proceed to sleep off the effects of his midother hemisphere. Above the entrance is the “I'll try, sir "-who was given the collector- night gorge. Sometimes, however, if the
enormous specimen of the American eagle, ship in 1825, and was in position there when sportsman be out early enough, he will find, with outspread wings,” which bird has been Hawthorne had his surveyorship. The great from the cries of animals, that the tiger is dazzlingly regilded, so that its burnishing writer pays a tribute to the great hero, too moving not far ahead of him, and he may makes what he calls its “ truculent" attitude feeble then to come up the steps without as then, by cutting him off, even obtain a more apparent.
sistance, but as faithful in this peaceful ser shot. Changes have come to the interior since vice as ad been in the warlike-a sin On one occasion, I followed a tiger in the Hawthorne described it. For the shaky, old cere, upright, simple-souled, straightforward early morning for several miles up the bed fashioned chairs in the front-entry, in which, man.
of a stream, entirely by the demonstrations
of the large Hanúmán monkey, of which there approached close up from that direction. him. It is important to extinguish a brute, were numbers on the banks feeding on wild He never stirred. Then I made the elephant however young, who has once tasted hugan fruits. As the tiger passed below them the kick him, and he fell over. He was stone flesh; and I followed him till it grew nearly monkeys fled to the nearest trees, and, climb-dead-converted, without the movement of a dark, when I returned to the ravine to take ing to the highest branches, shook them vio- hair, into a statue of himself by the bursting home the tigress, and there I found my monlently and poured forth a torrent of abuse, * of the large shell in his brain. It had struck key friends tucking into the berries in all dithat could be heard a mile away. Each group him full in the centre of the forehead. We rections, and hopping about close to the of them continued to swear at him till he then went on with the track of the other. It body of the dead tigress. The cub was met, passed out of sight, and they saw their friends led down into the Móran River, on the steep much exhausted with its run, by a gang of farther on take up the chorus in the tops of bank of which there was a thick cover of wood-cutters, and killed with their axes. their trees, when they calmly came down jáman-bushes, in which the tiger was sure to The barking of deer, and the alarm-cry again and began to stuff their cheeks full stop. I had just before come through it, of peafowl, frequently indicate the moveof berries, as if nothing had happened. and found the place as full of tracks as a ments of a tiger. The sámbar, the spotted
I think it is the pranks of juvenile tigers, rabit-warren. Having a spare pad elephant deer, the barking deer, and the little fourrather than the serious enmity of old ones, out that day, I sent her round to keep down horned antelope, all “bark” violently at a that cause such a terror of them to exist the bottom of the bank and mark, while I tiger suddenly appearing in the daytime. In among the monkey community. The natives pushed my own elephant - Futteh Rání April, 1865, having marched nearly a thousay that the tigress teaches her cubs to stalk (Queen of Victory) through the cover. sand miles exploring in the forests, almost and hunt by practising on monkeys and pea About the centre I came on the tiger, without firing a shot, I halted to hunt a very fowl. The gorgeous plumage of the latter, crouched like the other, with his massive large cattle-eating tiger near Chándvel in the scattered about in a thousand radiant frag- head rested on his forepaws, the drawn-up Nimár district. This animal was believed by ments, often marks the spot where a peacock hind - quarters and slightly - switching tail the cowherds to have killed more than a has thus fallen victim to these ready learn, showing that he meant mischief. At the thousand head of cattle; and one of the best ers, but the remains of a monkey are sel first shot, which struck him on the point of grazing-grounds in all that country had been dom or never seen. Indeed, these sagacious the shoulder, he bounded out at me; but quite abandoned by them in consequence. Simians rarely venture to come down to the the left harrel caught him in the back before His haunts lay in a net-work of ravines that ground when young tigers are about, though he had come many yards and broke it, when lead down to the Narbadá River-now inthis sign is not always to be relied on as de he rolled down right to the bottom of the cluded in the Ponásá Reserved Forest, which noting the absence of tigers. I thought so bank, and fell, roaring horribly, right be- I was then exploring. The herds of cattle for a long time, till one day in the Bétúl tween the forelegs of the elephant.
having been withdrawn from the grassy country, in 1865, after hunting long in the On another occasion I was much struck glades on the banks of the Narbadá, where heat of a May day for a couple of tigers with the caution of the monkeys under very he usually preyed on them, he had lately whose marks were plentiful all about, we trying circumstances. In May, 1864, I had been coming out into the open country, and came up to a small pool of water at the head tracked a man-eating tigress into a deep ra had been heard for several nights roaming of a ravine, and saw the last chance of find vine near the village of Pálí in the Seoní dis- round about the village of Chándvél on the ing them vanish, as I thought, when a troop trict. She was not quite a confirmed man-edge of the forest. I found his tracks within of monkeys were found quietly sitting on the eater, but had killed nine or ten persons in a hundred yards of the buffalo-pens of the rocks and drinking at the water. I was care the preceding few months. She had a cub | village the morning I arrived; and a few lessly descending to look for prints, with my of about six months old with her, and it was nights before be had broken into a Banjárá rifle reversed over my shoulder, and another when this cub was very young and unable to encampment a little way off, and killed and step or two would have brought me to the move about that want of other game had dragged away a heifer, which he ate within bottom of the ravine, when the monkeys driven her to kill her first human prey. I hearing-distance of the encampment, charging scurried with a shriek up the bank, and the knew when I entered the ravine that this was through the darkness, and driving back the head and shoulders of a large tiger appeared her regular haunt; for, though every bush Banjárás and their dogs when they tried to from behind a bowlder, and stared at me outside had been stripped of its berries by a interrupt him. I picketed a juicy young across the short interval. I was meditating colony of monkeys, I saw them perched on buffalo for him the night I arrived, about whether to fire or retreat, when, almost from the rocks above the ravine wistfully looking half a mile from the village where his tracks below my feet, the other tiger bounded out down on the bushes at the bottom, which had showed he regularly passed at night. Next with a terrific roar, and they both made off strewed the ground with their ripened fruit. morning it was found to have been killed and down the ravine. I was too much astonished They accompanied me along the ravine on dragged away about a hundred yards to a to obtain a steady shot, and I was by that the top of the rocks, as if perfectly knowing small, dry water-course; and, after having been time too well acquainted with tiger-shooting the value of their assistance in getting the cleaned as scientifically as any butcher could to risk an unceftain one, so they escaped for tigress--and better markers I never had. I have done it, all eaten up but the head, skin, the time. I quickly regained my elephant, should probably have passed out at the top feet, and one fore-quarter. If his footprints which was standing above, and followed them without seeing her, as she was lying close had not already shown him to be an unusuup. It was exceedingly hot, and we had not under a shelving bank, but for the profane ally large tiger, this feat of gormandizing gone more than a couple of hundred yards language of an ancient, gray-bearded Hanú- would have sufficiently done so. We started when I saw one of the tigers crouched under man, who posted himself right above her, and about ten o'clock on his trail. It was the a bush on the bank of the ravine. I got a swore away until he fairly turned her out of 12th of April, and a hotter day I never resteady shot from the howdah, and fired a her comfortable berth. The excitement of member. Long before mid-day the little three-ounce shell at his broad forehead at the monkeys soon told me she was on the band of cowherds and shikárís who accomabout thirty yards. No result. It was most move; and presently I saw her round face panied me had most of their wardrobes bound curious, and I paused to look ; but never a looking at me from behind a tree with a round their heads to keep off the sun; and I motion of the tiger acknowledged the shot. forked trunk, through the cleft of which I looked for a tussle with such a heavy old tiI then went round a quarter of a circle, but caught sight of about a square foot of her ger, long accustomed to drive off the people still the tiger remained motionless, looking striped hide. It seemed about the right he met, if we found him well gorged on such intently in the same direction. I marched place, so covering it carefully I put in a shell a grilling day as this. We took the track up, riflg on full cock, growing more and more at about forty yards, and she collapsed there down fully five miles till it entered a long, amazed—but the tiger never moved. Could and then, forming a beautiful spread-eagle in narrow ravine with pools of water at the bothe be dead? I went round to his rear and the bottom of the nálá. . The youngster now tom, and shaded over with a thick cover of
started out, roaring as if he were the biggest trees and bushes. We could not go into so * The voice of the monkeys on such occasions is quite different from their ordinary cry. It is a
tiger in the country; and, though I fired a narrow a place to beat him out with an elehoarse, barking roar, something like that of the ti-couple of snap-shots at him as he galloped phant; and after much deliberation, we deger. Is it the first beginning of imitative language : through some thick bushes, I could not stop cided to have a pad elephant at the head of
the ravine, and post the people we had with tree, showing nothing but one eye and an ear Sporting - stories are apt to breed each us on the trees round about to mark, while I round the side of it. I marched up within other, incident leading on to incident, so that went down to the other end and quietly fifty yards, and now saw the switching end I find I have already killed some five or six stalked along the top of the bank on the of a tail added to the eye and ear. I could tigers, while yet only on the threshold of my chance of finding him asleep below. There not fire at him thus, and therefore sidled subject_discoursing of the preliminary exnever was such a beautiful retreat for a tiger, round till I saw his shoulder. He saw the ploration of the tiger's haunts. I have little I think. In many places I could not see opening thus left, and eyed it wistfully, as if more to say on that matter, however, the through the dense shade at the bottom, and he would rather escape that way, if he could, sum of it all being that every information several times had to fling down stones to as than fight it out. But I planted a ball in his regarding the tiger's country, the route he sure myself whether some indistinct fliekering shoulder before he had time to make up his usually takes from one haunt to another, the object were the tiger or not. I was proceed- mind; on which he rose with a languid roar, points where he may be most easily intering quietly along, probing the ravine in this and lumbered slowly down the hill at the cepted or come upon unawares, good points fashion, when the pad elephant we had left at elephant. So slowly! He actually hadn't for scouts, etc., must be obtained. Places the farther end gave one of those tremendous steam left in him to get up a proper charge must also be fixed on for tying out baits for screams that an untrained elephant some when he tried. A right-and-left stopped bim him at night. He must be induced, if postimes emits when suddenly put in pain. She at once, and another ball in the ear settled sible, to kill a buffalo or an ox so tied out; had stumbled over a stone when swinging him; and then Futteh went up and kicked and it must be in such a position that he about in their impatient fashion. There was him, and it was all over. He was a very can be easily tracked from there to one of little chance of finding the tiger undisturbed | large tiger, measuring ten feet one inch in his usual haunts. after this, and I had only to stand and watch length as he lay, and was a perfect mountain It may seem cruel thus to bait for a tiger for a chance of his coming down the ravine of fat--the fat of a thousand kine, as the with a live animal, but there is no doubt that on being seen by the scouts on the trees. cowherds lugubriously remarked when they (the death of a tiger saves much more sufferThe first intimation I had of his presence was came up. He had a perfect skin, clear red | ing than is caused to the single animal sacrifrom a couple of peafowl that scuttled out of and white, with the fine double stripes and W. ficed to effect it. A natural kill will not do a little ravine on the opposite side ; and then mark on the head, and long whiskers, which well for many reasons. It will probably not I saw the tiger picking his way stealthily up add so greatly to the beauty of a tiger-trophy. be discovered in time to hunt the next day, the face of a precipitous bank, where I could The whole of the pads of his feet were blis- and the day after it would be useless. Furhardly think a goat would have found foot-tered off on the hot rocks he had been trav- ther, it would seldom be conveniently situated ing. He was about a hundred and fifty yards ersing, and his tongue was swollen and blue. with respect to some haunt of the tiger favorfrom my rifle ; and the first bullet only We were nearly dead ourselves, and went able for finding bim in, and the whole day knocked some earth from the bank below down to the water he had been making for," might be lost in trying to find him in wrong him. When I fired the other he was just while a messenger went to the village for places. In fine, experience shows that no topping the bank, and clung for a second as more men--the dozen lusty cattle-herds and bag can ever be made worth speaking of if he would have come over backward, but by my own men together being totally unable without tying out baits. I usually purchased an effort recovered himself and disappeared to put him on the pad-elephant to carry home. at the commencement of the season a dozen over the top. Running to a higher piece of An ordinary tiger will weigh about four hun. or fifteen half-grown buffaloes, these being ground, I saw him trotting sullenly across dred and fifty or five hundred pounds, but the cheapest as well as the most readily killed the burnt plain, and looming as large to the this beef- fed monster must have touched by tigers. A thin old brute of an ox, or a eye as a bull-buffalo. He certainly looked a seven hundred pounds at least; and a tiger, tough, full-grown buffalo, a well-fed tiger will very mighty beast; but he was a craven at from his length and suppleness, is a very scorn to touch, and often in the morning his heart, or he would never have left such a awkward object to lift off the ground. footprints will be found all round such a bait, stronghold to face the fearful, waterless, I have said that ten feet one inch is the which he has come and smelt, and (metaburnt-up country he did. I lost no time in length of an unusually large tiger. The phorically) poked in the ribs, and left ungetting round the head of the ravine and giv- average length from nose to tip of tail is touched. But a tender, juicy young buff., of ing chase on the elephant. His tracks in the only nine feet six inches for a full - grown about three and a half feet high, would tempt ashes of the burnt grass were clear enough, male, and for a tigress about eight feet four the most blasé of tigers to a meal. The cowand we followed him for about two miles, inches. The experience of all sportsmen I herds, being good Hindoos, will not sell catsighting him on ahead every now and then, have met with, whose accuracy I can rely on, tle avowedly to be tied up for tigers ; nor till he disappeared in a little ravine, and we is the same; and it will certainly be found, will your Hindoo shikárís tie them up with lost the track in its bare rocky bottom. I when much greater measurements than this their own hands, though few will object to was going along the bank, with the other are recorded, that they have either been taken superintend the operation. The flimsiest elephant in the bottom of the ravine, when I from stretched skirs or else in a very careless disguise is, however, sufficient to quiet the heard the bark of a sámbar to my left on fashion. The skin of a ten - feet tiger will consciences of the cattle-men, who will sell a some high ground, and, urging Futteh Rání easily stretch to thirteen or fourteen feet, if herd of young buffaloes in open market to at her best pace in that direction, shortly required ; and if natives are allowed to use your Mohammedan shikárí dressed up as a came on the tiger slouching across the open the tape, they are certain to throw in a foot trader in kine, though they may ha known plain - evidently suffering from a wound, or two “to please master.” Master also, no him for a bloody-minded baiter for tigers all with his tongue hanging out, and wearing doubt, pleases himself in a similar manner. their lives. I remember being very hard up altogether a most woe-begone look. He made A well-known sportsman and writer, whose for a bait once in the Nimár district, having an effort when he saw me, and galloped a recorded measurements have done more to come to a place where tigers were very dehundred yards or so into a patch of bamboo extend the size of the tiger than any thing structive when I bad none of my own. All I jungle. I knew from the local shikárí that else, informed me himself that all his meas could say would not induce the gaolís (cowhe was making for a water-hole about half a urements were taken from flat skins. But keepers) of the place to sell me a single head mile ahead, and cut across with the elephant the British public demands twelve-feet tigers, during the daytime, the owner of the village to intercept him. I had the pace of him just as it refuses to accept an Indian land being a Baghel Rajput, a clan which claims now, and got clean between bim and his scape without palm - trees. So a suppressio descent from a royal tiger, and protects the water. I never saw such an air of disgust veri went forth; and not only that, but his species whenever it can. I was standing worn by any animal as that tiger had when picture of a dead tiger being carried into outside my tent in the evening when the vilhe came down the hill and saw the elephant camp was improved by a few feet being lage cattle were being driven in, having given standing right in front of him. He said, as added to the length of the beast, while, to up all idea of halting for the tigers another plainly as possible, “Come what will, I don't make room for it, the most of the bearers day, when a fine, tall young gaolí stepped up mean to run another yard; and it won't be were wiped out, leaving about four men only with a salaam and said: “Sahib, I have lost the better for anybody that tries to make to carry a tiger at least fifteen feet long ! a very fine young buffalo in the jungle, and it me." So he lay down behind a large ånjan- | Populus vult decipi, etc.
will very probably be snapped up by the
tigers; but, if you would send some one recollect ever going out when he report- hoarse coughing roar of a charging tiger that along that road, perbaps he might find it, anded the "find” a likely one without at least no one, to the very close of his tiger-shootwe will be pleased if your highness will keep seeing the game. He could shoot a little | ing, hears without a certain quickening of it, as you are going away from this to-mor say a pot-shot at a bird on a branch at twen the blood. The first two shots hit fair, but row." He grinned a broad grin as he fin- ty paces--and kept guns, etc., in beautiful did not stop her; and she was not more ished, and I spotted his game; so, sending order. But he soon came to utterly despise than a few yards from the elephant's trunk along the lállá about a quarter of a mile, we and contemn every thing except tiger-hunt- when the third ball caught her clean in the found a very sufficient young wall-eyed buf- | ing, for which he had, I believe, really an ab- mouth, knocking out one of her canine teeth falo tied by a piece of straw-rope to a little sorbing passion. Even bison - hunting he and passing down the throat into the chest. tree! We had barely time to get the little looked down on as sport not fit for a gentle She could do no more, but lay roaring and worbrute put out in a proper place before night man to pursue. For ten months in the year rying her own paws till I put an end to her fall; but he was duly taken, and we shot a he moped about, looking utterly wretched, with another shot in the head. She was a fine tigress, and wounded and lost a tiger, the and taking no interest in any thing but the lean greyhound-made brute, scarcely bigger next day.
elephant and rifles; and woke up again only than a panther. The lállá was avengedThe morning after the baits have been on the 1st of April, opposite which date but the poor fellow was beyond any help that tied out a shikárí should go to see the result, “Tiger-shooting commences ” will be entered the sight of his enemy might have afforded untying and bringing in those that have not in the Indian almanac of the future, when | bim: and notwithstanding every care-for been taken, and following up the tracks from the royal animal shall be preserved in the he was the favorite of everybody who kner any that bave, so far as to ascertain fully reserved forests of Central India to furnish him-he sank under the exhausting drain of whereabouts the tiger is likely to be found sport for the nobility of the land !
so many fearful wounds. later in the day. I have mentioned above the Poor old lállá! He fell a victim in the lállá, and that brings me to the subject of end to contempt of tigers, bred of undue fashikárís. A really first-class tiger-shikárí is miliarity. I was very ill with fever in the LOVE AND AMBITION. extremely rare. The combination of quali- June of 1866, and meditating a trip home, ties required to make him is seldom found in and had sent out the lállá with a double gun a native. I shall best explain what he should to shoot some birds for their feathers with “I LOVE you, I love you,” the fond wave
sang, be by describing the lállá. And first as to a view to salmon-flies. He came upon the his name. Lállá means in Upper India a tracks of a tiger, and, contrary to all orders,
As she crept to the garment's bem clerk of the Kayat caste, to which our friend tied out a calf at night as a bait, and sat
Of the lordly hill, where her wistful tears belonged; so that, though utterly ignorant over it in a tree with the gun. The tigress
Were gemming it gem on gem. of all letters save those imprinted on a sandy came and received his bullet in the thigh, ravine-bed by a tiger's paw, he was nick. going off wounded into a very thick cover in
“ I love you, I love you, oh, lift me up named the lállá by the people, and thereupon the bed of a river. The plucky but foolish
To your place in the sunlit air ; his real name disappeared forever; and, when lállá followed her in there the next morning
Or bend, if you will, your face to mine, he was afterward killed by a tiger, no one by the blood; but soon found that tracking
Till I touch your golden hair. had any idea what it was. He was a little, up a wounded tiger with a gun is a very difwee man, so insignificant and so dried and ferent thing from following about uninjured
“ Nay, nay, fair wave, yet ever be sure shriveled up that, as he used to say, "No tigers without intent to disturb them. Be.
Your song is as sweet as can be; tiger would ever think of eating me!” His fore he had gone a dozen paces the tigress
It toucheth me even as toucheth the wind, early days had been passed in catching and was upon him, his unfired gun dashed from Whose harp maketh music for me." training falcons for the nobles of Upper In- his hands and buried for half its length in dia, and in shooting birds for sale in the mar the sand, his turban cuffed from his head to
“The wind, the wind," said the murmurket. He had come down to Central India to the top of a high tree by a stroke of her
ing wave, make a bag of blue rollers and kingfishers, paw that narrowly missed bis head, and him
“ The wind is not constant a day ; whose feathers are so much valued in the self down below the furious beast, and being
It blows where it listeth, while I, O Hill, countries to the east for fancy-work, when he slowly chewed from shoulder to ankle. He
Am faithful for aye and aye." was caught, nobody knows how, by a gentle was brought in a dozen miles to Khandwá, man with a taste for bird-stuffing, from whom where I was, by some men who had gone in
The wind and the sun and the rain," he passed into the possession of a sportsman for him when the tigress left him. The fire
quoth he, who put him on tigers, and eventually he of delirium was then in his eye, and he raved
“ Are friends, who my verdure renew; came to me with a little experience of the of the tiger's form passing before him, red But you, little wave, with your softest cabusiness. His early training had made him and bloody. But he recognized me when I
ress, exceedingly keen of eyesight and in reading came to him, and conjured me to go out What is there you can help me to do? the signs of the forest; while in his many forthwith and bring in her body next day if I warderings he had accumulated a store of wished to see him alive. I knew that the na “Ah, pothing," she sighed, “ but to love legends of demons and devilry, and a wild tives have a superstition to this effect; and,
and to lave jumble of Hindoo mythology that never though I was then in a high fever, I sent off Your feet with my kisses and tears; failed, when retailed over a fire at night to a my elephant at midnight to a village near the Only this have I done through the centuries circle of gaping cowherds and village shiká. spot, following myself on horseback at day
past, ris, to unlock every secret of the neighbor- break. Much rain had fallen, and all old Only this can I do through the years." hood in the matter of tigers. Such an oily tracks were obliterated. The jungle was cozener of reticent gónds never existed. also very green and thick, and I spent the “O wave, keep your tenderness all for the Then, miserable as he looked, he could walk whole day till the afternoon, hunting, as I about all day and every day for a week in a afterward found, in a wrong direction. At I have work which you know not to do: broiling sun, hunting up tracks, with nothing last I came on a fresh trail, with one hind. You cannot mount up to the stars with me, but the thionest of muslin skull-caps on his foot dragging in the sand, and then I knew I And I may not come down to you." hard nut of a head, and would fearlessly was near the savage brute. We ran it up to penetrate into the very lair of a tiger per a dense jáman-cover in the river-bed, and I had But Love has no choice; and the constant fectly unarmed. He had a particular beam- barely time to get the people on foot safely
wave, ing look which he always wore on his ugly up trees when the tigress came at me in the
A worshiper early and late, face when he had actually seen or, as he said, most determined manner. She looked just
Still kisses the hem of his ever-green robe, " salaamed to " a tiger comfortably disposed like a huge cat that had been hunted by of for the day; and in late years, when I had dogs-her fur all bedraggled and standing on
And whispers in patience, “I wait.” to leave all the arrangements to him, I hardly I end, eyes glaring with fury, and emitting the
MARY B. DODGE.