|Newspaper Title||Kyabram Union (Vic. : 1886 - 1894)|
|Trove Title||My Plucky Boy Tom; or, Searching for Curiosities in India for My Show|
THE YOUNG FOLKS. MY PL-UOKY BOY. TOM; oR, BIEAOHING FOR cURIOTIeJ IN -INDIA FOR MYY SOW. Br P. T. Banco. CHArrs XXVL?.& D6ar. Soocare. * Theie's a i'rhds worth having I' ex claimol Tom Bradfoerd, afler be and Mr Oodkin had watebed for a mints or two the doble.headed bear that was equally Intent on watehing them. The lad repeated his deelartion that he must be captured as all iasards. * There's a double obeooss of making him a prieoner, or of losing himf I don'ts know whiebit ie.' '1 think I can lasso one of the heads.' added Tom, * but I don't know about getllng a loop over both.' 'If you un mmak eeptive of one, I thick theother wall follow solt; whleh head will yThe ld bad the lao in band, and lost no time in potting it in shepe for ee. He leaned hli gUn ageinlt a tree, saying to his friend : ' Keep his attention engaged if you can, whle I steal around to the re a' SHe'l be more likely to keep our attention engaged,' was the remark of the elder. * for I don't think he's the erost docile retators in the world.' . On u- i Indeed, the strange-looking animal at this moment gave sign of ' bellioose temper. Each of the two jaws opened in a way to display his formidable months, and from meah esIued a threatening gowhl that sbwed be did not like the appearance of the two belege that bad halted in front'of him, ' Not only that, but the beaet now begsn waddling towpd, the man,. who, steod his graend in der ' to give Tom the betier opportunity of getting in his rear. It would have been an easy matter for thie gentleman to lay the brute, but of corse he would not do thaet until driven to the las extremity, and compelled to do it in eilfdefenwr. When the bear had approaeched within a few pines, Mr. Godkin therefore began fatllingttowly bahk, and to 'tod order,' keeping his fees toward the animal, and in dulging in some threatening gestures in the hope of making him stop. S'Hurry up I' called Mr. odkln to the youth, 'orl shalt have to climb a tree.' 'Theree' no law against your elimbing a tree,' called back Tom, who made slower pro. greUs than he desired, beanee the usder growth through whiob he was forcinlg hie way was unusually dense and tangled. Mr. Oodkin was In the si:ustien of the famous Captain John Smith, of Virginis, who had towesob his feet while keeping hi. eye on the ohbergig foe, for Wore than once he narrowly escaped tumbling over bask ward. This ourioue advance and retreat lasted oeveral minutes, when the double headed brain appeared to kbeome impatient, and in' steud of continuing his advercs at a slow walk, ba suddenly broke inloto a gallop, wbloh with his aix Ilot mingling together, looked so very strange that Mr. Godktn broke into laughter, despite hit personal peril. at that moment, he was qouit alose to the trunk of a large tree, the limbs of whioh, however, were far beyond his reach. 'I suppose a double.leaded bear eao olimb twloo as well as one built according to Hoyle, so I'won's shin up this particular trunk-what the misletbi Is the matter, Tom! Are.you having a little fan at my expeuse?' The faet was the strange looking oreature was so alore that Mr. O(odhin found it necessary to move very lively to keep out of reoch of the exotuple claws. He darted behind the 'tree, Intendlio to keep the traun between him and the beast, for he thought he could play hide and seek as well as the hear himself. The sight of the man trying to escape added to she fury of the animal, who was growling eavrgely, and began going arouod the tree at an exceedingly lively rate. Mr. Godkin aotually felt several of the elaws strike his garments more lscan once, and the situation was growing decidedly too war m for comfort. All at ones he heard' sharp, cutting whizz, followed by a spiteful growling and searliog, that left no doubt of what had taken place. The man was diving around the tree so fst that, before he could cahck himself, he almeat stumbled over the bear, that had been lassoed by Tom, and was lying on hie ask, rolling, searling, and struggling with fury. The lal had thrown the coil with atron lehing eoouracy. just es Mr. Godhki was be; ginning to think he h.d played circus long enough for the amuaement of his young tomeanion. The loop had settled over one of the heads of the animal and was drawn so taut that, as the lad thought, it hali-strangled him, for it looked as though in case his supply of air should be ahut off by that route, that thb other most remain open to him. Now it would hae scoompllished very little had Tom Bradford simply held fast to the other end of the rope a ter la?aotng the brate, for the latter would have made it very warm for him ; hut while etealing to the rear of the bear, the plucky led had perfected hli, plan. . hse ILn:tnt th !oop :ottlerd !a lce,. Tom coiled and tied the other cul aroerd the nearest sapling, makinog it felt in a rwinkling. . Then, stationig himself far enough away to be beyond reach of the beast's fury, he oalled out : SWalt till we get him tamed, Mr. Oodkin, before you go to turning somersaulti with him; he might noratebhyo.' It would serve you right if he gave you a few scratobas,' retorted hie good-nastued friend, gathering himselfi :together,. and horryir.g over to his tide.- 'I noticed you look your own time before slinging that I didn't sere any eed of hurrying, and I thought you had been sleepiog so much of late, that it would do you good to have a litlle exercise. ' I'll bear that in mind,' replied the gentle. man, slgnlfiantly, 'when I find you In a iltuation where you want business horried.' Meanwhile, it was by no means certain thaet the double beaded beoar we secure beyond eaope. He had got upon his six rest, and was clawlog, soratohiog, biting, sod togging at the rope so viroronsly that Tom expresed hble fear that it would break. Niver,' said bl eompenlon, deeidedly hat rope is made of a speaoles of hemp thea growe l Ibtbis country, and Is almolt as strong as steel wire. It would tke some evere tuopgging by elepbhant binielf to break it; Ohe tear in feet, unless he pulls up thatb tree by its root,.' ' When he does that, I'll be wiling to let hYo?~ know that the bear is astupld animal, ano the performarese of thisl psrtioler one showed that, although he porsessed double the amount of braine generally aocorded to ble specles, he didne know any more on that eeooont. Struggling to his 'feet, he began galloping aroned the tree to whioh the other end of the lae was fasItened. SHe knows where he is to go,' laughed Tom ' and he is prasltog In the ring.' * He'e a enoose, most sertaloly.' added Mr. Godklin, ' ven though he il a irst-olase fool.' . As the betr oireled around the sepling, the rope slowly wound up, and brougha him nearer and nearer to it-a piece of inseon eunience beyond the oomprehenlion of the brote . The Inevitable nvtb sequence followed ; the bear was ' wound up' before he knew it. ' And he lan't smrt enough to unwmid himself,' remarked Tom, with a hearly ltagh ; we've got him fool, as sure ae you're The hear was aptored bsyond qusltion, hbut the problem of lrongponlltg him to Leok now remained"-rhls being the more diffiool, eine the natives would not be bhack for some tints to onme, Our frierd deelded on en origntal oonure ,Ii prr edurse. They would keep the beast a elose prisoner for the relt'of the day and night.
By the following mornlsg he would be thinry, mad probably pretty well The thbey would ed him, briung him ware in cape oomatrno:ed of some of the ?i leavens, and try to win hil heart (oi ppeilhly bhie hera)... .he. plan wa carried out with greater esee than they darid hope. It eemmed oreel, but the. eaptive we kept bond to the tree, held there as losenly an it was possible for him to be. 'Several time he galloped a olrele or two i the oppoelte direetlon, so that be seemed hboat to unwind himell, hbut his brain were not equal to the talk, sad, before he bad gone ball far enough, be reversed and wound himself up as tightly as before. The next morning he was utterly worn oat. The sloth bear of India is of a melascholy disposition, and, when the snn rose once more, the double-beaded one wan in a sae 'of collnpm, hblh awakeneld the pity of bhi oaptors. Now was the time to play the god Samaritan. While Mr. Oodhin want off to shoot a small antelope, of whboh he had caught eight, Tom brought water in leasnlouslylfeomed vessel* of lures, and olered It to the prisoer. He was timid at iret, but dually he dreak greedily, and ate ravenaouly, showing, a he did ;, a woedroefol impartiality in the use of hile two louthe ; for, while he lapoed the moisetre with one tongue, he employed e?o jaws holding the other to matisate the dellocue food offered him. cuAPTrsR XXVII.-A Tnalatra Vzs?lTOm The nest eoeretl the story Ihaee set ant to tell you, te In another part of India, that intereestlg o?,ntry whooe population il dfe times ase great sE'gllad'. - Tom Bradford remained. in the native hut at thbweyaid where be had loraed to-feel ca home, while iMr. Gobin and the four servante took the cptured bear, with ie double head and msi legs, to Luoknow. My agent felt that roch a prinse required extra preeantion; he owas not content, Ihere. fore, until he saw it safely delivered and saied it the reelodene of bhl friend, Mr. Jereis, who areured him he wonld take the best,posesible care of that and all pecimena he might send him, until the time came to bhip shem to this country. Mr. Godkin wea ao well known In India me my reprsnntalive that, like myself in the United States, be wee in rcontsol receipt of conmenleations from people in diferent puere of the country, who had learned of eurioeitice that they believed were dedred by ne. On remohing Lucknow, Mr, Jarvie handed him evreral letters, o.e of which was from an acquaintanoe in the Pujeaob, another from the Tnnurr, or Great Indian Desert, while a .third we from Nisim, in the southern part of Bengal. 1 It is a striking commentary on the world. wide interet felt in my' show, " that in all those soctions the news of the great fire at Bridgeport became known within a brief time after the oclamity. Of course, she letters to whhle I refer were writtee long b-fore that eo?slagration, for it took the minervee a Iong time to travel hiom the widely. eparated portlons of India to Lucknow, but before bdr. Godkln read them, the walters had learn-d of thedestrue. tion of my animale in their winter quarters. After carefully cnolnderlng the contente of the important misolves, my agent drelded to leave the four natlves behid, 'with initruetlone to do what they could in' the way of huotilg up ooriosites on their own saoeonl, while he and Tom sltarted for Southern India in quest of come priase whloh one of his correspondents aerused him were awaiting him in that section. The ponles of our frienle were allowed to remain end receive the ret which they were sure to apprecite, while our two friends, takiog the railway at Luoknow, rode to Cawnpore, thence to Allahabad on the G angoe, thence south-west inlothe mountain. one meetion of the Vlnohya Mountains, changlng cars at Bhoewul Junction, and coming directly east to Naipoor. Here they hired horses and rode southward until they reahbed another moantainons section, whleh was their deltination. They were now in one of the wildest portions of the Bengal presidenoy, and in the lower lection of the great Deccan. It wea from this portion of the country that a letter bad been sent to Mr. Godkin, informing him that several magnificent Aelatio lions were roalnog through the region, euenlog as much terror among the inohbitante of the sparsely-settled asction as the presence of a man.esting tiger would have done. On reachiog a small native village, directly weast of the town of Goloonda (which is not many miles from Hyderabad), ouoc friends were fortunate enough to find the author of the letter, a bright, well-edooated native known as Athoor. He and Mr. Gokin bhad been on several huntiog expeditions together before the arrival of Tom Bradford in Indle, and were, therefore, old friends. Athoor said with a smile on his handsome, darky face that he expeoted his friend, and be: shook the you h warmly by the hand, feeling great respeat for him, beeause of his exploits, whfoh you may be sure loest none of their oteresCt from being related by Mr. Godkin. Atheor had engaged 'two experienced evtLve hannore, to whom, for the rea aof convenlence to Mr. Godkin and hie youthful eompsnion, he gave the names of Zip and Zogg respectively. In appearance and dress they resemblad the cervante, Jim, Jo, Jack, and Jed ; but th y were somewbhat taler, and seemed more activea o d moronulr. Instead ofl eing armed with spears, each carried a gan and rode a borse, an extra one being taken along for the transport of luggage and some paraphernalis that wae likely to be needful on the bhunt. There was one article in the posseseion of Alboor of much ingenuity and importance that I mllt tell you about it. It weas what might be called a ' lion masle,'.sandrather lingularly, was made at Bridgeport by a native Yankee, who pre. sented it to me, and which I sent to one of my agents at Port Natal, in South Africa. He wrote me that be had used it with uerrocisin the capture of two lions, and that be gave it to the bravest and most scilfol hunter in hin party, a sative Eat Indlilan. This man wee Athoor, who took the musale with him to Madras, and carried It Into the interior. It wai e o arra?gement of itroegl steal wire, large enough to enoloseN the head of a full-grown lion. In it* wee placed the bhil, oelonlltng of several eounde of meat, The jaws:of thea munle, aU' tbey may be called, were wide I apart, ao ms hardly to soggeeu the powerful ipingl, delloately poised and cnutaling the A alight disturbance of the latter would clsue the two jawl of thl mozale to oome togetbher like a flashb, ehulltting in the hand of te baast a seesorely asl you ever saw a ilty podll'e month eneced during dog days. Athoor, belog a veteran hunter who bad recelved wounds in the Dark Continent ua well eas in Asia, bhd provided the expedition uith every convenolene, or ratharnecealcty, whioh it eeemed likely to require while on i' c perilotoe eterprise * We are not far from the king lion of all,' said be, in hie excellent Engliob, when the party kindled their fire on the seooned night. at the bate of a maeI of wooded hills, in which sevrril of the forelt monerohe had been known to be roaming for weekll pat. * And we are likely to heve avitsl from some of them before morning,' remarked Mr. Godkil, lookling arond in the glor m, Sfor the peseanne of a' party Ilikl thl i lure to sttraet thele notice.' * I tbhink you are right; we set keep a bright lookout.' * I mm afraid of loelnag our borees emild Tom, * onece we take exsra rare.' SThe clnal proeautlone were adopied, A bright, blaing flre wea kindled, enouogh fulel belog gathered to keep it burning vigorouely until morning.' .Ths the A ee animelc were pilketed to a atake drifav'into tbohe groend, oloee tothe blael, and a second fire wee etarted jaut beyond them,. STblewae done bhcaeer the vaseran Atboor deislared that thl cigna he poltled oet letl no doubtthat the lions had 'been on' that
·nr agat within a tfe bee pint, iad t wa. eerbl that- roe. at lemss of the terrible aedla wee near them. bho mueaeemn.m wms Oat Atheor Tm about o at ngariaddartd tihe bfi of the alght while Mr. GOokln.and Zag: weala look aflea imatters tm the ltrn ??'B daylighk AI a ite hboar my-ep l knocked aI. from ie pipe,. and turnings oe aide, joined bhe two matives who had booes a mong time in dreamlmad. Atboor and Tcm. being left to 1he nt?ee, talked a oong time in low ltnue, w . they Ware on the abrt for their a " visitor, whichab the native smred him wa-' likely to putl in an appearan t' at e mlomsnl.. Tom found reat plenme in'lleatenlingo the wored of his new Mied, who a.e: ineyell a o at deal for amn BHest ]nll sad whose mmory eemel to emeep L thi lat be ever msw or heNr 1. . 'Now,' soil he, ea they as clos togher' on the ground, * yea kow how liable we .ee to faWdeel.p, if we try to stend gau . without beeping in eonstant motion. Ol . laety, however. lie in he frat that we , net lokely to eomacnmb ai bi zame momeie If I ebserve you becomlng drows,y? I , sie yoe a poke In the albe, and yeou . d? L ame, if necesmary, wil m- ' -., *Se r' inerrpted Tom, 'I. believe I m a the non thie iettant.' * Jaes beyond the seond dre; I euagnIt ihe glitte of a pare of eye that were gie . the naz teeond '. -.' * The hoses are aneuey- pretty,,.ei Segi hat some wild aimal sIa pow 0seet. It may not bothe lionatfer ? . A if osehow how the' meet .a?z lei , benae may be mistakee, a horriblo ee ý ., reamo look pleae, before the werds 'l.'" b?dly lefl the month of Athoor.'" ".' .': It wa the lion. eym t that bed tiilott . boat of Tom a minnie fore. In a ee wilb the stealthy aoture of the he moved tkntly aroand to .nDoher pari of the gloomy wood, where he oacnahed,.jeek faru nough away to moepe bealE Sen bys:e t' two .atnele ot. the watch for him. All at once the huge b-dy rose In the a' at I? floan opwpcd by a. glgantio aperbp board, and came caling over into thee. light, strkinlg he;ground an lightly a a. fle Iladed willin three pases of whic.' -, the two nativre lay ulep, and indeed b made his leap fcr the ppurpoe of re?ebel: them, Atohor and Tom Bradford read hIn t ?t and epeang to their feet like a dash, hbg before theyoaold ikerfere in the eliaght ': the trrlble bebt seized the uneonel'diJ Znog, jul so a oat catehee a' moaiMe,ao without inreirg about, made alierrflo booe. that carried him towari the opposit.e ? L? i' She camp, loate to where the wall of gloes . shot in the iltnmination from the two fes. Tom Bradford end Athoor fired their goes a thbe -same Instant, and both streUk Ith Iion. Then throwing down his weapon, o!h native aatebed a bheig breand from"l th ire, and at the imminent peri of hij own UIi?' ran up ina frot of the beuas, awIglOi.,t?e. ;torobh. boltrle sadgeasolenlatl in ath ehppý of frightening him into relueaingh ril vii. (ro am consauanD.)