|Chapter Title||THE TIGER|
|Newspaper Title||Kyabram Union (Vic. : 1886 - 1894)|
|Trove Title||My Plucky Boy Tom; or, Searching for Curiosities in India for My Show|
THE YOIUNG FOLKS. My iPLOKY BOY TOM; Oi, D?AROUING FOR O bURIOITI1NIN INDIA FOR MYSHOW. Br P. T. Bassw. Cmaxna XII.-Tnr Tba. tr The party aw balted within a few reds of the bamboo but that was the scene of the adventures already desuribed. l m By thibis time the eooerage of several of the natives bad oosed away, and they quietly alunk off, so that when our friends looked around they found there was but a alngle one left beside the three mrvente, two of whom were mounted on the elephants, while ihe third was riding the pony of Mr. The sanxolel.oaeee wbibh all east around failed to reveal anything of the tiger for wbleb they were boating; but nevertheleer the belief was general that he was not far off. 'Nothing san be done.' said Mr. 'Godkia, ' by itlting Idle. Jo, Jim, Jack, and the other fellow there will enter the jangle with a view of driving out the gams into the open plalt wher we we an get a shot at him.' ' But be may be biding In the grass beyond,' suggested Tom. As the bey spoke, he pointed to some grem wbhloh extended out perhaps a hundred yards from the front of the jungle and ran parallel with it for five or six times that distance. It did not begin opposite the bamboo stretolre, hot feather to the west-that In In the direelion leadblg away from tbe village. This grass was several feet high, quite dense, and parohed by the ann tos reddleb brown. It would hardly be soppoed that a wild beas would ae?ounee blhmelf ameng thise unlees he wished to lle in wait for his prey paesieg along the bhbighway. The modlesly olf ie tiger gave probability to tlb theory that be was really waiting there, eves though he had Indulged In suob a frighltal least but a short lime before. 'We'll examine the grass,' said Mr. God. kia, after sunveying it from the back of the elephant. The slevation, however, was so slight that it gave little falllity la the way of obkervaloo. t. After a brief eonealiatlen, it was agreed that Jack, who was mounted on my agent's horse, hboold enter the gpe at a point mearest to them, and keeping oloes to the jungle, advanes with extreme emonton. Tbhi was deemed prudent, for It ishoald proave that the beast was there, it was bilrevd he would be een soon enough for the pony to eanry himself and rider out of danger. He was a welltirained animal, very agile, and bad beea In several srimmage. with tigers, so that considerable relianen was pleed on bi lantelligenee , R,?.re' t SIf oneae the naiives should go forward on foot, he could not eseape a direct attsek from the tiger, even though the others bhurried to hib aesistance. Two or tbree 'prodiglous leaps of the animal would be suffolent to overtakethe fIet of men. You can Imagine tbe lteser interest with whieh the others watched the movements of Jeok. The native who was on foot climbed upon the back of Mr. Godkl's elephant, so that none we ounmounted. Jiek had not ridden twenty 'page into the. all greass, when all were startled by seing him rein up hie horse with a suddenness whicb proved that he had made an important diseovery. ' It can't be the'tleer,' remarked Mr God. kin, without removing his gaze from the ' No, there's somethilg on the ground close to his pony's head.' replied Tom. Jack spent but a minute or two in eratiny, when, without dismounting, he galloped beek to his friesde He explained his ghastly discovery. Observing that the grass appeared to have been trampled near where he halted, he examined ii olosely, and saw several bones lying on the ground, their appearanoe show. in that the flesh had been gnawed from them very recently. A brief secrutiny left no doubt in the mind of the native that they were a part of the remains of the poor girl who had beeoon carried off by the tiger only a few hours before. SDepend upon it, he isn't far away,' said Mr. Godkni, when the dreadful incident was told 'Do you thick he is in the grass 2' ' Very likely.' Jack onoe more furned the pony about and entered hebs parched Iract, while the rest edged their beatrs a little closer behind him ; the fellow wes braver than most of his race or he would not have done this. Tom saw no signs of trepidation on his part, but there could he no doubt that he appreciated the peril into which be was entering. . This time 'a rode a couple of rode In advance of where he halted on his first entry Hie pony stepped very deliberately. with his head high in the air and his efae thrown' forward, as if he fully understood his danger, All at once' he stopped egain, and then it was that Tom Bradford and Carl Godkin witneseed one of the meeot striking tableaux on which they bad over gamed. From a pole only a nt yirde in advanee of the horseman, a gigantio tigerroee from the grass.' eo that his whole body was in plate eight and, faoing the native, looked straight at him. 'He did not rw or swa hi' taill, hot stood in the attitude of earloaltt or Inquiry, an if seeking to know the meaning of this dietorbanoe. At the teme time,. the pony hetld preelsel the same attteode. Instead or whirling 'about and dashing off. ae would have been natural, he breald him elf as rigidly as a bronze statae, with bin front hoots planted elese together, his bead aloft and his eyes staring at the terror in front of him. Whether or not the rider was transfixed by fear aonnot be said, but he also played the part of motiolalee spectator-the tableau being the maost impreslive that ean 'be Imained. ' For a few moments the bunters were equalt dstationary, and the the flret evidenes of fright eame from the lasd quarter where it was expected. Among the' qoadrupeds. there was ene whiah. realsineg the delisate situatlon. made up his mind that the time had come for die. appearin g that wes the elephant n whbiah Mr. Godhlna ad two of the nativles were perehed. SThroeRing aloft his trunk, bhe trumpeted loudly in terror, and then deliberately swnog hls heavy body around and s?arted In vain the natlives beahored him with 'pears. Jim jabbed hirm harply. esailed him the worst names he could summeo, while Mr. Godkin was angry enouah to shoot the poltlrooan. It wans all the mere provokinr tweause, in all the previonsa tiger.bounts In which he was engared he was never known to mlebehave himself, Buot all la vain, I hasno anubt that yen have seen a ynke of oxen make a break for water, a-dhave noticrd that no driver ontid obeek or turn them aide. o It t'was lth the elepheat. Pointing his no.. toward the villase, be brake into his ungainly trot and not all the efforts of his three tiders could restraoin him, thonuh they exerted themselres to the polint of delpertljon. Tom Bradford laughed over the disom Store of his friend, espesellly as it had been beslfaeved that, If either of the elrpbante showed any pani,. it would be the female ridde by him; but there was too perlone business before the party for the youth to speed any tims in looking at the geroup th.t were msaking snohb sooftime toward the The break of the onwardly brte seemed to be the ishnal for the drama to open. 'The tlier eonuld not bare feiled to see that the whole party wesr letroders, and thit a good sheuee was presented for teeohlon them a needed lesson, as well as for procaring a grander feast than he had ever yet sonjoyed. Holdingl himself erent, he now began walkinlg trlaeht towerd the horsemen with that solft, eallke trend that adds to the terror inspired by bhis pratences. The distenes was too great for him 'oin leap, and he wea merely eeklog to abhorlen bthe spas eanogh to make it an elray tasek,
•Y oe i shn ' t tht pony fliishbed Uhis tMld Mnb ab o Shat trine. Ha sepa msmmud k a no.and dddaed off at the eLtLgh of he sped; whieh was maw graoter than that of aalt. Th latter l hito a gallop, keeping in a dire"t lae with the ho?e, wiebh shot by the eled ant at a letane of no maen tha a dose feet. Thus the pursuer was brought mar the animal on which Tom Brdford was pebehed, and who bravely held her heeing that i was usealess to follow the horseman, and fidlng himself elose to the two honters, the tiger seemed to con. 'lade: SY'ooll do ust as well.' At aey rate, without the least' hesitation, he veered in bie menoe and made straight.for Tom and Jim I Oaw'rrs XIII--A POnrw?mae Saor STmARTemI News. It te a brave hunter who keeps his hed to I each a crisce aS now came upon Tom Bradford, and 1 ls nso dlsaredli to him to say that be was Laoterel for a briet while. He had cooked his rlle, knowing that 'he I would are the masm moment; but when the native, Jo, saw the tiger following he I akrrLying bhoeman at a gallop, aod Wew that be would pas quite close to him, It 'proved too much for his serves. He was not eittlag In the howdab, buhot had pI erebed hbmelf etride the elephbat'se eck, I the better to oentrol heW. r " With a whoop of terrr he deceribed a beak somereMalt, lending on his feet, and dashed after the fleeing pony at a galt that almost equalled hie, At She came moment the female veered to as to present her front to the approahebing tiger, sad nelI her trunk aloft. This woederfal organ, oepoel of tens of thousands of muasles, as perhape you know, is extremely sensitive, sad the owners lake S tbe atmoe eara to protet s from Injury. i That is the rmeao why. is pseeing through n I fores, they often hold it loft, and out of the The light of Jo and the mlSton of the " elephant took place in the moment thbt Tom a brought his rifle to ble eshe er end was a prelng the trigger. The eoofolson cans d I him to hold hi fre, arnd, before he could aim again. the tIge attacked. I Bluleg In air, he abot aerose the later. i vanllg spana with his terribly beautiful I parabola, la Ided an the haunch of the a female, whiab altered ry of paln, and torned round in the vhai eort to reach him I with her troonk. a But the rmdngof the elephnt'e thiek hide was all by She way ; the accailaDn was not Safter b?, but after the white-faoed boy I Broohinl In the bowdah on her back. He held ble positions and began creeping I over the brow. hsnebh, hie short ears pressed flt on his head, his eyes glaring. I ble rharp teth showing while he growled I avagely and whipped the side of the larger brote with histhlmpi tall. He was the i embodiment of fesc uy as he steadily Sclimbed Toward the pe ea the youth, that war almost within hbl reach from the fIrt. The freialed swaying of the elephant botheed Tom for a moment, but be quickly regained his self-posseaeiou. Unable to. keep se ftee as steadily as he desired, he plseed one knee on the seat of the howdab, and. resting the barel of his rifle am the back, levelled the weapon at his foe. The latter was so elote that the muaRal of the goo was almost agaainl his soew. At so slight a distance a misl was out of the quoation, and, aiming at a point directly between the eyes of the hIst, Tom let dy. For one moment the appalled lad believed hbe had failed, for the tiger gave no evidence of bhelg huat. But, glanoleg through the thin wreath of smoke rising from the muzale of hi guno, he maw the round hole made by the taolet. It was red aod alesa at firSt, without any blood, but the crimson flotd began qulakly pouting from the opening. The eyes glared with the same burning fiereeness, and the outtretched claws wanre etill buried in the thick hide of the elephant, piercing She lteder fesh beneath sad eanein e aonlaing pain. 'What can it mesan ' asked Tom; ' is it impossible to kill one of those brutes with a single ballet l' Joet them he observed a convulsive shudder pass through the forelegs aod front; beyond question the tIger was hit hard; lode d, he was fatally wounded, but it did seem . Ii leath itself could not looean the grip of hie nedle-like claws. At that Instant Tom saw that the tiger was sauking toward the ground, but hbi pnsep we not relaxed, and the elephant was goin? with him, Rendered wild by hber sufferag, the huge braet threw herself on the grooan with the tenoiion of grphing her feeo by rolling upon him Tom made a bound from the howdab, which was smashed to splinters the next moment under She weight of the elephant, whose. trunk and beam.like legs were pointed toward the sky and waddllng In the air overhead. The tiger mlmsed being caught in the general wrek anod rein, and he wa almost dead before the grolod w!g reached. His ael etruargl =:? lSt released his hold, ,?d Io rolied away from the elephant at the m-ment he would have been slashed had he hung fast. He same to rest on his bolk, wi h his legF also poitting Upward. They gave a few twitches, and then it was all over. So the tiger was killed by a single ballet fen by Tom Bradfolad Meanwhile, Mr. Godkin, finding it' Im poailble to cheek to' headlong flight of his huge steed, took a rather dem?eroeu leep to the grounad. hie servant. Jim. doing the same, while the other remained in hi.e est, and soon after reaohed the village without harm. .Mr. Godkln was impelled to this step by hie solioitude for Tom, whom he bed left behind, within the resoh of the infuriated tier. On hie way back he met the terified Jack, who assured him that Jo and the yamneman had hbn killed. A short distance further Joe was on eauntered, fleeing also for his life, nad earrying the tidlusa that Tom was entirely awallowed and1in prooea aofdigestion 'y that time. Mr. Godkhi might have felt frightened had he not been near enough to the sene of the coti'et to aee that his yooun friend, the report of whoel weapon he had bheard, was alive alnd estinding on his feet beside the proltrate liger and the elepbhant, which was In the lt of alimblang to em upulght posture agein. By this tilae the ativc began to flook baok, Ihe news baving been eOrmled to the emrwde, whbo had not yet reachd the village, that a fight wasr' log on with theo tSger, whish .hiy thoaght the mlght be able to look opon from a cafe distane. . is did not take them long Ito nd out the besit had beam killed by thb yoirgent member of the party, sard it wars then thait Tom Bradford eperlensed a tlte of the ann'yance of popularity. Some of the natives seemed to ispect hbe wse above the rege of ordinary mortals, end they gathered around him as if to eatiefy their doubts. The three servants, Jo, Jack, and Jim, were among the moat enthlousiastle; asoad I am afraid that Mr Godhin mialscehievously added to Ise adalation ol tbhe perty by relating some mythilatl eploll ot hil young friend on the other aide of the great water. Io hIe midtS of the rejoloing the prty war e etartled hy the arrival of a native mecuaeger, who galloped up on boraeback. hie animal ahocing that he had been driven at great epeed, decpieo the torrid heat. He locked so eroonely at the party that Mr. Go?din saked: sDn you wibh to cee ay ooe of mu 1' ' Me have lltter,' he said In broken Eng. lilh, prodooulg a mlslive, wbhiob he banded to Mr Godkin; The latIter looked at the superhcrlpaion andld s in eom surprile: 'Why, Tom ibic Jtoryou.' I The boy broke the teat, and with feelinRgs whieh may be Imagieod read' the lollaowing. oaul-ram, doted New York, 21t November t ToM BnroanD-O-Lockow. India--Every single saimal, except twenty one elephanot a rhinoaerne, and a few other animalm , deatroved by frme aet night ito Bridleport. Employ a fail bsad of experlesoed huaotrs. and ehip the rarect and wildest tob.e found In India, as loon as eoaptred. P. T. Banrux. ' Well, I dealare,' eoxalalmed Tom, hending
the despatoh to hba Ifried, 'Mr. ift aoa k been barned out lags l.. Itltood?.' o But the deepateb hbowas e ie adlalmil,' remasked Mr. Godkhi, lehg at Slthe ple of pap? wrth the splgsant wording: * nd Phcaniz.like from the lbhe will rte a 111stil greater show than was ever before known on easth. . I wonder why he ent the dapteb tome,' aid Tom,' Instead of to you?' '1 I et him word from Caleutla that I wee not sore of belng able ao aeompamy sou all the way to Luokoow, but that you would an doobtedly get there. Beside,' added Mr. God kin, with a smile, 'he menos to oompliment oeu by ahowiug his onoodenoe In your skill and judgment, knowing that It would please me s much ao I om sure It gratifes yo. This means business, my young friend, and we haven't an hour to lo.e.' 'I'm with you,' wee the entbueiastie responee of Tom, whore bright eyes sparklet in antieipatlon of what wee to oom-. ' No matter bow munb we risk our lives, we will gather and and to Mr. Barnum the rare., wildest, and most wonderful snimaln eel _o-tocitles that even he ever heard of.' t(re cs coalstsa.