India and Tiger-hunting

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S. Sonnenschein, 1885 - Hunting - 207 pages
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Page 169 - ... sudden. People talked of a ruptured bloodvessel, a fall on his bedroom floor, a doctor not to be found when sent for ; a series of fatalities that precluded the possibility of saving him ; but those who pretended to know best affirmed that not all the doctors in Europe could have done any good, for when his servant went to call him in the morning he found his master lying stark and stiff, having been dead some hours. There was a pool of blood on his carpet ; there were ashes of burnt letters...
Page 127 - Permission was accorded to him, but he was strictly enjoined to make a circuit outside the track of bushes, to enter which would have been dangerous. He had not gone many yards, however, when with true native perversity he struck well into the middle of the cover, and stumbled right upon the panther, which to his no small dismay sprang from a bush that was only a few feet in front of him.
Page 132 - Not seeing anything, then, in the cactus to interest me, my thoughts turned naturally to the tiffin basket. There it stood, just on the other side of Sandford. I stretched across him to reach it with my right hand, and had just grasped the handle, when a succession of short savage roars broke upon my ear, mingled with the wild shouts of the natives, who were evidently being chased by the now furious beast.
Page 141 - ... sight of them, I ran to a tree, cut up it for life, and had only just scrambled into some diverging branches, about ten feet from the ground, when the whole herd arrived, grunting and squealing, at the foot of the tree. It was the first time I had ever been tree'd, as the North Americans call it, and I could not help laughing at the ridiculous figure I must have cut, chased up a tree by a drove THE PIG SIEGE.
Page 133 - ... my left elbow, taking a piece out, and then buried its long sharp fangs in the joint till they met. At the same time I was hurled to the earth with such force, that I knew not how I got there or what became of my gun.
Page 126 - The last short rise up to this eminence was so steep, that a line of beaters had drawn themselves up in tolerable safety all along the crest, prepared to hurl showers of rocks and stones down the steep declivity should the panther assume an upward course unfavourable to the shooting party.
Page 113 - He spun round with extraordinary velocity, and fled at a rapid gallop. The pace was so well marked, that it would be useless, as far as I am concerned, for any one to say that it is mechanically impossible for an elephant to use this pace.
Page 126 - All, however, at present maintained an immoveable attitude and a dead silence, whilst in a whisper, scarcely to be heard, our guide pointed out the exact bush in which the enemy was said to be concealed. We divided the distance...
Page 126 - ... who was speedily to place us face to face with our hidden foe. On arriving at the scene of action, we found that the panther had taken up her quarters on a steep hillside, which was much more thickly covered with the cactus plant than usual.
Page 133 - Sandford's shot, which I knew would be heard immediately, and carefully refrained from making the slightest sound or movement, lest his aim should be disturbed thereby.

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