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regular beat of a tiger, probably the safer place. However we persuade one of which Easton had heard the them that there is no danger (for there stories that had led to our expedition. really is none), and finally after lightPugs old and recent formed many defi ing large fires at four different points nite well-trodden paths, one of which round the lean-to, the occupants conran within a few yards of the bam sent to picket the goats to stakes boo-cutters' hut, though concealed by
near it. jungle. He was certainly not far off The morning breaks cold and misty. now, and we congratulated ourselves Surrounded as we are by mountains on our luck in finding him at home. the sun cannot fall on our encamp
Returning to camp we find every one ment until late ; but we were awakened hard at work on the construction of a early by the weird howling of the “lean-to" of bamboos and grass, under gibbon monkeys which were numerous, whose shelter our followers intend to though invisible, on the hills across pass the night.
We are soon dressed, and Evening is closing in, and we must drinking our coffee by the fire round delay the arrangement of a plan of which the men are congregated shivercampaign until to-morrow, when we ing, with their blankets over their can examine the locality. The diffi heads. culty of river-transport forbade our A tour of inspection is necessary bringing cows, and no one could be before we can make our arrangements; found willing to seek a path through and previous to starting I recall a hint the jungle by which they might be given me by a well-known shikari in driven in this direction. Goats are a India and make up a bundle of clothes poor substitute for the larger cattle, -shirt, trousers, and thick coat-in a as we must sit over them all night, towel and give it to my servant, Moung for a tiger would carry off such a mere Tso, to bury till evening. The earthy mouthful as soon as he had killed it. A smell thus acquired by the clothes cow might be left secured in a suitable renders the presence of humanity less spot and watched after it was killed, likely to be detected by the tiger. for the tiger would take a bite or two To find trees adapted for machans is from the throat and leave the carcase our first care, and in such extensive until the following day, when be might cover the only difficulty is to make a be expected to return late in the after choice. However we soon satisfy ournoon to his meal. Apparently the selves, and after setting some of the tiger rarely kills during the broad men to work, go back to camp and daylight, and as seldom eats at night; breakfast. but I express this opinion with diffi The mist has cleared away and the dence, as my limited knowledge of the sun is growing hot: the heat and the species is confined to purely "game” glare from the white sand drive Easton tigers, who exist solely on deer, &c., into the tent, where he lies smoking and never tax the village cattle-pens until sleep overtakes him. for their meat.
It would never do to disturb the There is much difficulty as to the jungle by shooting to-day, so I called disposal of the goats to-night with the young Burman, who owned the de‘Stripes” in the immediate neighbour coy-cock, and told him we would go and hood, and our decision to tether them catch jungle-fowl. Proud of the invita near the “lean-to” is productive of a tion, he armed himself with a bundle of good deal of grumbling. Tie up goats nooses, and taking the decoy carefully close beside poor naked boatmen! under his arm, led the way across the Why they will cry all night and when sand into the shade of the bamboo the tiger comes it will certainly take jungle through which he noiselessly å man instead : not a doubt of it ! and swiftly threaded his way. PreNear the tent now, would be a much sently the crow of a jungle - cock
in the distance brought him to a has been watching the proceedings with standstill, and clearing the dead leaves open-mouthed interest, does not seem from a space about eight feet in dia in a hurry to complete the capture, but meter, he drove the peg, to which the after a poke or two from my stick decoy was attached by the leg, into springs up and seizes the snared cock the ground and set about placing the just as he succumbs to his fourth rush.
Each of these consisted to Fighting his human foe gamely with piece of wood six inches long, to which beak and spurs he is deposited in a an elastic slip of bamboo was neatly bag his captor carries, where he spliced. To the tip of the bamboo a soon gives up struggling and lies plaited horse-hair slip-knot was bound, motionless, —the snare, when stuck into the earth, The common jungle-cock is one of being more than sufficient to withstand the handsomest birds in India. Rethe wildest struggles of a jungle fowl. sembling a large bantam in shape, A couple of dozen such nooses were with bold upright carriage, splendriven in at intervals to completely didly varied plumage and long spurs, surround the decoy, but well out of he looks a game-cock all over : his reach as he strutted round and determined fighter, he does not know round his peg scratching amongst the when he is beaten, and I have seen a roots and pluming himself.
bird too exhausted to use his spurs We retired behind a clump of bushes seize his opponent by the hackle and and sat down to await victims. A cling to it with the tenacity of a bullloud crow from the decoy was dog. The Burman enjoys few sports answered by one from a cock some way more than this; and in many disoff. Our bird on hearing it stood more tricts seven paddy-boats out of ten upright and seemed to listen for a few may be seen with the owner's bird seconds before responding, which he on board tied by the leg, for a bout did loudly and defiantly. Again the of fighting, if opportunity occurs. unseen jungle cock crowed : it was This, however, is not the place to evidently approaching the decoy whose dilate upon the pleasures and exciteexcitement was manifest. He tugged ments of cock-fighting, so we will reat the cord, flapping his wings and call turn to the camp where, having finished ing angrily as he tried to free his leg. dinner, I called on Moung Tso to proAs the stranger drew near the inter duce the clothes I had given him in the change of crows became less vigorous, morning. He received the order and and at last he alighted on the ground started as if to carry it out, but stopped with a flutter outside the ring of suddenly with a bewildered look round nooses which were almost invisible from him. Taking a large splinter of bam. our ambush.
With ruffled feathers boo he knelt down and began to grub, and outstretched head he manoeuvred in a speculative uncertain way, in the round the decoy which stood im sand behind the tent: he dug out & patiently awaiting his attack. With few handfuls and paused, rose from a shrill cry he came on, straight at his knees, and looking doubtfully the foe, thirsting for battle. Alas about, selected a spot a few paces furfor his hopes! A noose tighteps round ther on and began another hole. This his leg, and bending double with the attempt also proved futile, and Moung strain the springy bamboo converts Tso, dropping his bamboo, thought his charge into an ignominious sprawl hard for at least three minutes withand whips him back a foot with out out moving. Again he roused bimspread wings. Plucky little chap, he self, and grasping his shovel devoted is up again and with a shake of his all his energies to digging a third firmly entangled leg makes another hole, as if with the unswerving purcharge at the excited decoy with the pose of finding the clothes this time, same result. The boy beside me, who whether they were there or not.
result again, and my servant, in a the startling bark of a distant deer, profuse perspiration induced by over the musical ringing call of the belltaxed memory and hard work, sat bird, and the screaming of insects in down and rocked himself to and fro the foliage around, were the only signs in sheer desperation. Then he sprang of life. Cold and chilly the night drew to his feet and walked hurriedly up on, whilst on the far side of the pool, and down round the groups of men, well out of range, an occasional sambround the tent and the fires, his eyes hur issued from the jungle and stalked in a steady fixed gaze upon the sand. solitary and ghost-like across the sand, Once more he paused, and taking a stopping every dozen yards to sniff great resolution crawled timidly to the air suspiciously. Wearied and my knees, and crouching respect- sleepy, I lay back against the rock fully on his heels begged for forgive as a sambhur disappeared for the third He could not find
honour's time without giving me a shot : my clothes !
rifle lay across my knees, and some I have told this little incident as evil spirit prompted me to open the an example of the exceedingly casual breech, that it might lie more easily way in which a native servant performs his work, and not by way of account The was sinking, and the ing for our want of success that night ; white clammy mist came rolling in for Easton and I, posted in our huge billows down the mountain-side, machans, patiently watched our goats hiding the trees thirty yards away, until day, undisturbed by the tiger. and making the night colder and We have all read the thrilling ac damper with its heavy shroud. Darkcounts of successful shooting published ness and discomfort have a bad effect in the sporting papers from time to on the nerves, and I felt, as I sat time; but no one obtrudes a record of there, in no mood for great deeds of his monotonous wakeful nights, fruit daring. Tired and indifferent I had lessly spent among the gloomy sur dozed off to sleep, when my comroundings of the jungle waiting for panion touched my arm lightly and the tiger that does not come !
whispered the single word, kya Disappointed (perhaps
(tiger). I awoke with a start, and ably) at the tiger's failure to give us looked in the direction indicated. a meeting on the night we were pre Here he was, coming slowly through pared for him, we next day decided to the mist, straight towards the rock, let him take his chance, and arranged with the easy rolling swagger a tiger to spend the approaching night on the affects when he is on the prowl. I outlook for the sambhur which had clutch my rifle and snap the breech. tempted our guns on the previous one. Great heavens ! for the first time I selected for my ambush a nook since I owned the weapon, it refuses on a low sloping rock, overlooking a to close ! large pool round which there were The tiger, off which I have not numerous fresh tracks of deer. This taken my eyes, has reached the foot nook I had roofed in roughly with of the rock, and attracted by my movekhine-grass to keep off the heavy dews, ments, deliberately pauses to gaze at and to assist in concealing me.
the apparition it beholds. With the It was a lovely moonlight night, useless rifle in my hands, I sit facing clear and cold, when I took up my it, utterly unable to move, and the station shortly after dark, accompanied Karen, crouched beside me with his by a young Karen, to whom I intrusted head between his knees and his hands the responsibility of keeping me awake. clasped above it, is trembling in every Hour after hour we sat there three limb. The lithe grey-looking form is feet above the level of the sand to only six feet from me, and with two which the rock shelved gently down ; short steps can enter the nook and
select either of us at his leisure. The No daybreak surely was ever fixed stare of the blazing green eye long delayed as that we now anxiously balls seems to paralyse me; for fully wait for, but it comes at length, and half a minute--it seemed an hour cramped and shivering I hasten to he stands there motionless, but at examine the rifle. A small, but thick length passes on, still keeping his fleshy leaf had found its way into the eyes on
until he disappears “grip" action, and, crushed though it round the corner of the rock a few was, the stringy fibres refused to al
low the close-fitting mechanism to Relieved of that appalling stare I work. The Karen who is watching breathe more freely, and straining my me murmurs in Burmese, “ witchcraft," eyes in the direction I expect the tiger and after the night I have just passed will take, with desperate eagerness through I am more than half inclined exert all my strength to close the to agree with him. breech of the rifle. I can feel no We dragged ourselves back to camp, obstruction, for it is of course too and at once organised a party to follow dark to see, but it will not close, up the pugs, but our chase was useand I pause-- to see once more that less :
anything of that tiger again during Dissatisfied with his first scrutiny, our stay. the tiger has passeil round the rock Curiously enough, only two weeks and returned to repeat it. It is afterwards information was brought sickening. Helpless and dazed, I sit to Easton that a Karen who had sethere blankly returning the steadfast lected that identical rock to shoot stare that so perfectly unnerves me.
sambhur from, had been pounced upon This interview lasts longer than the and carried off by a tiger as he left first : I cannot close my eyes even if his hiding-place just before daylight. I would. The perspiration streams Screams were heard by his brother, down my face, and I feel the cold who occupied a safe position near, and drops trickling slowly down my back. on going to the spot at sunrise, he How I curse the brute for his calm found the gun and bag belonging to dispassionate gaze! How I curse my his hapless relative on the sand. Tiger own folly in not having selected a pugs and a few blood-marks told the tree to shoot from ! For now, though silent tale, and not a vestige of the I am shaking all over, a strange de unfortunate man's body, or even of fiant feeling is creeping over me, and his clothing, was ever found by the --thank God! the tiger once more
friends who made search for his returps away, and this time quietly mains. Easton's informant added with takes the path towards the opposite grave simplicity: “The white face of jungles, disappearing into the fog- your friend was new to the tiger : on wrapped night. Gone! and I lie back that account he escaped.” and give way to a fit of “cold shivers,” My story is told. I have met tigers such as I have never felt before, and in various circumstances since, but of for half an hour I see nothing but none have I so vivid a recollection as eyes, round, fierce, glaring green eyes, the one whose visit I have attempted wherever I turn my own.
to describe in this paper.
The monster of Prairéal had a love. 398. The old house in which Robes“The sea-green one,” as the fussy, pierre lived was one of those curious florid Madame de Staël first called him, structures with a carriage-gate and a and as Carlyle by dint of constant courtyard inside, which may still be repetition has taught us all to call him, seen in the Quartier St. Germain. At was beloved of a woman. Éléanore one end of the courtyard was a shed Duplay was the second daughter of for storing wood, and little gardens, Maurice Duplay, Robespierre's host in some twenty feet square altogether, the little house in the Rue St. partitioned off between Duplay's five Honoré, where he lived with two short children: at the other end was the exceptions from July 17th, 1791, workshop.
workshop. The windows of the dwelluntil his terrible death in 1794. ing house looked out on the courtHer father was not exactly a poor yard on one side, and on the other on cabinet-maker, or joiner as Thiers has the garden of the convent. The situait. He was a self-made man, it is true, tion was of course eminently convenient born at St. Didier la Seauve in the to Robespierre. It was within five Lyonnais, fifty years before the Revolu minutes walk of the Jacobins Club, and tion, who by energy in his business not much further from the meeting had acquired some fifteen thousand place of the Convention in the Tuileries, livres a year in house property,
and or of the Committee of Public Safety lived in the better end of the Rue St. in the Place du Carousel. He lived Honoré not very far from its junction in the house of Duplay, as has been with the Rue Royale. The district said, for the most stirring period of has been very considerably altered his life, insisting on making a payment since the Revolution. It was then a for his lodging, which Duplay very unblock of buildings bounded on the north willingly received. The daughter by the Boulevard de la Madeleine Éléanore, was in the last year of (then generallyknown as the Boulevard Robespierre's life about twenty-five, Rempart), on the west by the Rue he being then barely thirty-five. The Royale (also called the Rue Rempart), story of their love has nothing in it so on the east by the Rue de Luxembourg softly poetical as the love of Camille and on the south by the Rue St. Honoré. Desmoulins and his Lucile. There is The convent of the Conception faced no monument of it remaining so the Rue Luxembourg, and its gardens boisterously passionate as the lovestretched immediately behind the letters of Mirabeau to Sophie. But houses in the Rue St. Honoré of which as the picture of the softer side of a Duplay's was one. The convent is now man who is not commonly supposed to gone, and the whole block of buildings have had any human weakness, except has been intersected by the Rue vanity, in his composition, the story of Duphot. The Rue de Rivoli had not Maximilian Robespierre and the then been constructed, and the Rue St. woman who was betrothed to him Honoré was still the main thorough may be worth telling. I have tried to fare between east and west Paris make her tell it in two letters to a north of the river. Duplay's house friend in La Vendée. The friend is was No. 366 : a new house was built imaginary ; but there is no on the site in 1816 and is numbered tion in Malle. Duplay's story which