Chapter 65702301

See chapter in newspaper

Chapter NumberI
Chapter TitleMY CALLER.
Chapter Url
Full Date1888-07-13
Page Number0
Word Count5719
Last Corrected0000-00-00
Newspaper TitleKyabram Union (Vic. : 1886 - 1894)
Trove TitleMy Plucky Boy Tom; or, Searching for Curiosities in India for My Show
article text

CHAPTEB L-MI OALLEL, One col September afternoon I was sitting slmy little office conteated with my show, lk.ingt with my superienten dent over the ussesee which had attended that season's tar, when a boy presented bimself, hat in nd, nd aked thebs privilege of' a few sminues' conversation with me. We were in gone of the Southero States, wolkieg n our way North, where e bhad arranged to close the how for the seasilon on the last day of the aucceeding month. The season's tour had been so successful that we were all ingod spirite, and the chat wa of the liveliest characoter. Up to that tlai there had been no accident of any aedmut,'the health of the performsrers and emploler. Continued excellent ; we had been nausailsy favoured with fioe weather, and thre remained before ne-a full month and snorein which we wereconfident of doing a p?fitable bhainess. lean never lose my Interest in hrilht, intelligent, wide-awake boys, and there was e•mabelir In the appearance of the little man whsoetod in front of me, blushing sllahtly, hat erect nod handsome, which awakened my amserd e once. Is,the first place, be was clean looking, with abtght,' "lela eye. a roy conmplexion. and' he impress of perfect health. Be we dressed plainly, rather poorly indeed, bus he was eaupulousll neat, hitliht brown hair combed teetafjolly, while his whole appearance showed Ikit'be was one of those rare persons that are athlletrel bl nature. s 'Walk in, my rouon friend,' I said in my cheeriest meaner, extending my band; ' I am iled to qea o: Don't miad.his oentlemae,' Ioadded -with a sly glanes at my superin tndent; he ie ol no account when you are The lad looked arhly at my employ from theiner o'bis fine blue eyes, and smiled JUt enough to show hi. even white teeth, free sebpcthwbieh impressed me more strongly ghemever. my superintendent, with a deliaele taet which did him credit, made an excuse of duty lktwhere (it we aimoet time for our afttar deoo'eahibition to 'open), end, bidding me goodeafternoon, left me alone with my vlior.. ~'8it down,' I added, drawing the hand r 1111 Held, and motioning the bor to she bairneareet me. He obeyed, with the geine of a courtier. plaig hionmself on my right, whil he glaneed wpbiwh shy but'll -ttful wxpreeaoe,-.Ia If dcidad whether to allow the words thai ae on hie lip'to find utterance. With a vew of making, him feel at ease, I eaed back in my chair and aaid pleeanuty : 'Notlhlig dellight me more than to find that the boas and girlse f the contry look upon mes as their friend. _ I have tried hard to plase them, and hope that while doingl so Ihireadded to ttbairs'tock of uaefnllknow. I 110 is no need, of saying that, Me. BNrdus;' replied the lad, with another'shy .lanseal mae. . P A.d why not I asked, seeking to draw him out now that the ice wee broken. l/sea_ all the' boysa 'end girls and their f Wage a'd'teaearL say the same thingl.' TYoiuwill admit that bat wa a neat com. plmete, and I am not ashamed to sayl thait I was del.ehd, lfor the mepset and goodwill She rielug generation is be d el price to 'la.m much obliged to you far thoee words, Is will you be kid enough to tell me your 'Thoma Blradford,' wee the prompt e '4-all I tell you mine? I asked, mis. ' bhardly think you need tell any boy in the wold your name,' replied my visitor, showing by his lmean. that hbe already felt at: home witbme. °I hope you are right; well, Thomae, how old oreye " . . SI was lixteeL lost Fourtb of Jull.' ' What a eloteus birthday ou hbvel It is e' lb.hat ;'tbie' ;wrhole'.conntry 'joinyou ,In Oelbru. lg, I jut mlieed being as fortunate lHew I tbat r hi asked. lkingr up at me. I wasee born on the FjMk of Judy, 1810. Hewerer, It makee little'dsifremce when we se Into the world; it all depends on what ido tlinwe gL b , Wall, Thoma, I am gl !- ija talk with ouzI presume jn wlliso:fraely Aid frankly, end I promle to ,id, a mra e spirl,". do know, sir,' bh began, ' whether mypente living UM fatber'lsft m0 with oi k oi whenI wa a malht an adly remember thetime He told Mr. Beekbolt that he exapetd ta epeud. bhi ly icl trav!ellingr for a yeell or o, and that wouid pay my board and expe0sed Ulnil riamse bark tome ltMr.' aekhohia le spoor tat,, . who lore mnoy ve.rmeah.s, and ne gcre'ed" fathers to'keep me an bg as my eaeeae were paid. I went to lire with the femgand bie wife (they hare no chlidren), and have been there ever since. My father mt Me. r.'aenkoli 'money fore' fll year. TIho he sare him enough to pay another aother year in advance, and esalid that he wae about to ake a longl end dangerous oyge, frowil le h e milght' neLer retlun or,.W.ll," added Thomes, with a igh, ' It ,uel hlws been that he did not oume back, fi?-drl Bakhoela nerer received any more mroee or littese from him. He needed aboly 'e' belt- him lrmoand the plae, anrt he lsaId, tha li?ied ii i we on his hands, I eonild not ha?l my tijed ,n a Ilothieg until l arme them, ibr hes I must have earned them.' he added, witlh. smile,' 'ele I wouldn't have gooten them.:' He ba allowed me to go to shool lb thl'wintar;- because I e up early uand .lted no lateenough to do ll the chores ; hbut he ayse I hare learied enough at eobsool, ean mseet stay home all the time now, and he aaS afford' ito pay me any wages until I'm i'twe'ty one eor of eage.' ' The old skinflint I' I exclaimed, unable to eupprese my indignation ; 'he doesn't desyre yh e-nllm of such a 'bright younogllster as I sawtb. fle bloueye of the.lad sparkle. a, thougbt ,as I did, ,but his fine sense of bsaor ,would nost:allow him to give expres does t hl belief. . 'I went ,o go with you, Mr. Barnu;,' added 'e b y;'lteedkrg 'me elnlebt in the fas ; 'I will te obediet, Indusltrious, and do allt I an es.gknew what was coming, and therefore aeol enrurled.' I have had thounande oi leah eptsllettons before and since, aod, from she nature of thlngs, am obliged to refuse nearly all of them. If I had taken charge ed al at l,'lad>that hare applied to me, I would have an army trooping after my show which would overrun and terrify the whole -Countrr, ta?_l? y?m i _fried,i ;said ,l seriouly ,.lthe e oee u... maltl. 'one whoie Importance, lam afraidqoa bhavr not ,ully, considered. ! .ae. lklk t ditd apt to" be falinaased by the ''_wh' , ....rd lps sadffeeig,, and ' loll hearder lie n 60 --tat th9l at oI! Thre a leou

• 'What, thein doyoe wimhl' e I w'. to tmnty'w:d -Iml samml i-Mars oe ;sabeet the- thmI .d emow, though I STa' law maek ? am teo adept's little schemel i badi 'toegt efibetce It beat to weaken, for bols sae .p?pometime to have just a little more conced than is good for them. I ashed my visitor many questionor, and found that be wie remeokably well.infomed for one of his years, and inadeed fr mor than many older persons.. I found on inquiry that be hbad manged ao navye soonh momey some time beeore to buy an exedllet 'work on natural blhtory, and he had made' himself master' of the wealth'of informatloa in its Well, Tom,' sid I,laing my hand on his shoulder, as we' both oese to our feet, 'the performance has commenced and you want t ie0 all that is going on. Here i. a ticket which will admir you this eventi g; I will think over your proposition end letyoa know uev decision at that time.' Thebor thanked me and let,. Ilimmediately sent for the superintendent and told him to ride out to thb hduse of r. Isaac Boekholts (whore exact location I had got from Tom), earn all that was possible to learn about'the boy, and if he could arrange to gain the con sent of the farmer, to bring the youngster with him. lr' superintendent!did his duty with'the same tact and skill that had won my cont. dense long hefore. He returned before dark with his report : Tom Bradford was the brightest boy in the neighbourhood. He wias a favourite at school where he led all in their etudies, end bhin skill as an atrobat and athlete was the wonder of the nelghbourhood. He wars trnthful, mauly, bright ?ood-tempered, and industrious. sless. hukholtz, into whore hands he had been thrown by a strange fate, had no legal claim ?pon him hut, aware of hbi value as s helper on the place ad meesinga chance to makeosomething out of him he expressed bin wllingsnes to lot him go if he received pay for the now suit of clothes which .had Just 'been furnished him. After some haggllng, the farmer agreed to yield his ;pretended claims for twenly dollar. : . , : . 'Go and pay it at once,' said] I, most agreeably disappointed. ,,,.. 'I did so.' oT?me go and bring Tom.' " 'o'-'~i ' I have done a,'; slaid my superintendent, and at the ame moment Tom Bradford caose forward from behind my employe, and, witha lougb, extended his hand. w'h er. Barnum, I belong to yobu now.' 'And we shall bo friends for ever,' I'dded, shaking his band warmly,' for I already loved the boy. Cucarrxm II,--A CATaTorOra. You may be sure that onom Btradfonrd lost no time in m?king himself at home' with us. He wre one of those admirable lads' whose sunny disposition, obligingl manners, and mental quiekese make them primoefavonites wherever their lot happens to be ost. I have told you enough to prove that he posseesed knuwledge of natural history that wai simply wonderful, Ibut with it all he was not oh. trallve, his greatest desire seeming to be to add to It. tWe had an immense aseemblsge atou eu hibition in the evening. You would think that any person who bed witnesed the per. formancee se often as I would care very little about ceeing them Rgaln. I suppose his is tre to a certain extent ; but my st. tendnee at my exhibitions is not merely for the purposeof ratifping curiosity; but 'yo know Poor Ricbhard's homely motto: 'Be ubit bd tbheplogb would thrivr-' uitmell mlut either hold or drlve.' AecordingllyI passed to and fro, using my ear and eyes for all they waere worth, and on the lookeout for the irst.asig of dereliiotio n the part of my employer. While doing so. I kept watch for Tom Bradford. I tnally saw him among a lot of his acquointanes, labheing so heartily that themre could be no mistake abshout his enj.y ment of the lhow. Before the rerformaneo commenced, he passed to 'and ro Id front of the cgme containing the ulld animate. I followed him from a distanco, and smiled to dote hie dsep interet,-- He, attempted no displa of his knowledge, 'hnat bring in his own neighbounhooad,. where nseveone mknew him and was aware of his knowledge, he was obliged to answer more questions than did Mer. Foidyce, in rharge of the' wild bsuite SWhen the erformanoe wan over, the crowd lowlyr moved in front' of the cagel, and, of course. Tom wie the e.. He had made friends with Mr. Fordye, +and was anxious to do what he could to help him. Among our curiosities was a royal Bengal iter, oneof the finest of hi spe ., STinppoo Sahib, as we called hi, was purl ?hused from my old t a .geiHasenbek, of Hambulrg, who brought him e mndia when he weas a kitten, bat he 'had developed unuonel sies, strength, end ferocity. He had made several attempte to break out of his cage, no that it was strengthened, but I always olti a peculiar uneasiness when near him. This wse due, perhaps to the fact that the ighbt of the crowds whicb aoneregated In ront ialways aneiid him. Inemooe, how ever, as we coulo not object to thesesem' lag-es. we muds the bes~t, tahe stditlois. hit Fordyce planed himeelf slos to tbeeasti at the time the oewd began gathehing, and took care that noone interfered with him. I On the night of which I am dpekming. fully ifty peopled elbowed their ws to e loeely o t?e ragse that Mir Fordyoe war cmpelled, repeatedly, to force them hack There p es against the guards w'hb a force that threat. rned to'car, them away,' and 'lppa o Sahib, as the tiler was called,, was in a pertitlarly ugly mood. . '- . SOne'peron taln: th; browd attracted almes a- much attentlon m.Tippoo Sahib. He ews stell, gawkish yo·re mabwho had a couple of oun Ig ladle wir b him. He wee evidently a bouutry beau, sxiouii to impress not only his comoanion., but tholse around him, with' his profound knowledge.of natural history. He talked in a loud vole, and swung his rene in a way thst shonwed: hisbelief that no one attached to? that eneore ecold teach him anything about wild besets, hbIrde, r reptilee. Who in that manF'I aeked 'of Tom Brad. ford Ethan Jenkins; he in engaged to ? married to the lady on his'itght, while the ens on his left is her slete. Listen to him I' 'Yesa' said Mr. Jenklne in the same loud voles. that 'ere animal is what they call a royale Bengll t tig lle f tethe name painted on the wlan?n, ad,'for'a Woder, Barnm: hasl tol the truth.' 'Where do the dsdtfnl critters come from, EthaniL asked- his betrothed, in .a timid voier. -"i ' 'i '$' + ! ' ', I i ' Fin 'Greenland,' wu teloaud reply. That's where they gt their poula bea, aIn'tIit, th i po ul. b.._ ' PPlirs' heos," aY meo eLn,' slu; Pm ashemed to hear you talb thst way. Yes. the,. royl Bengal tiger lise in Greenland, where hey grow to n enormous Il--olote' Of 'em eingtwen?ty and thilty feet lone, and twety orfifis-' high.-` Tomm Bdfordt;'whbt m' you laughinlg a l'demauded 'Mr. JIenkHl, raiing his cean btanlegtonly at the boy. whe found It Imnvslbhl to retranin asmile at the wonderfal inofienien that wa oraklu from Ibis gnllius -,' lExcegmp,'s.ld Tom. we.'kl, ivallghten. log, ies faie, wnleO'Ieyoun man turnd die. dahIfullyawa, a nd added: 'Yes, th Benlgal l sm1 fI?.l staln' 0evittr.' . _ Wh makes 'em eall him a "Beegl" tIgr?' eeed·he sieter of Me. Jenklnes' betrohehd. "C'alus the shipthat go out to hunt 'em have to use the Benlga llhte to ee 'em with when they're sqetting nOn Iceberep; waiting for a chine to drop down on ths deck'of the 'And why' Ethan, are they callhd This qeslon wes a hard one, but Mr. Jmekins grav a eharacteritIo reply. 'Thor ain's olled "royal' at all.' 'But themre the neis painted in gil 'What ol that? Tha?'e' ore of Barnum'e freaud, like hhis Jlce eth. iatmeses Twins, T'omt'bhnmh. and oiher thignlls.' eid 'M Jonki,.fo retritl the trlhu he habd made myrrUcbtullnsssa mlnute beoore. 'Is the aaimal denelrou rI. 'No, of Onlore not-why, me here r And before anyone es'epeted what the fool meant' to do, he ducked under the guard. ad omnulno his eoni between thehare of the -ege, gaveTipoe Bib a savagle pokl in one -r, .odoee, Tom Bradford, and I attempted to tp him, hout We Wer too late; the irrepnacble damage wae done In a trwnkling, The vicilus' tiler wUa Infuriated beyond ?nal. T? was. suoee appalllng eror, U he bieg, whlih hens aitie were uilu.ty A feier estrIggl f.i lein, lasling huh a few eiee?elia.d the n t I~las TIppaoo Shaib ae?auong iha's.treini edeceetatore. The ,eene whlob followed is one that I hsld remember to mydyindly.., Dlurin ts many 'I e that bain enga.d?a+k55hei Ma.d;ess?.. hv sum alt?.i

than aw heast aero Bengal ,ties , s uilnhg tbe'baof of cage and ? eind amoug th tered neo?. . It ll took a= in ! -a iO-w ecod during which the people were tranflxod. The only ones who moved were Mr. 'Fordye, Tom Bradford, and myself. I mnst except Ethan Jenkine. however. It is earious how at such times a ludicrous feature of what threatens to become a terrible tragedy impreesse itself upon the beholder. MH two Mends and myself, seeing that we could nol Obeck the taling hnte, scrambled out of the reach of those frigtfnl claw, abd the crowd, wakening'to- tisir own peril, scattered 'in the wildest terror. The elephants trumpeted, and the other beasts set up a deafening uproar in their erae, which added to the horror of the scene, if it be con ceived possible that it could be added to. I think the vesy fierceness of Tippoo Sahib saved more than one life. Let me explain. The first tremendous leap that he took through the broken bars landed him on t.o beads and shoulders of two or three persons, whom he tore with bli claws and teeth. Their clothing. suffered more than their fleshb, though it would have taken but a few seconds for the beseat to rend them to pieces ; but his eagernessled him to withdraw all attention from them and to attempt to seize others who were trying frantically to get beyond his reacb.h. He was like a boy with a voracious appetite aod a couple of minutes in which to dispose of a wealth of sweetmeats. He couldn't afford the time in which to mueticate a single ore, because the others would. have to be giren up, . While some of our employee joined in the general scramble to get ont of danger, others bravelly hastened to the point, anxious to do all they could to save the endangered people and to prevent the tiger getting away. It was about this time, when It would seem that the situation could not have been more terrible,-that I laughed in spite of myself. Ehen Juukiue. the zany who caused all the turmoil, was the most panleotricken sod nosreetio in his efforts to escape. Without a thought of the ladies whom he bad broought with him. he uttered a wild whoop, and with bhi hat flsing from his head d bie.long yellow hairstreaming in the wind, he plungod through the crowd, overturning those who wrce in his path, and shouting for the rent to clear the way. Making for the ridge-pole, which was as largearonud and as amooth as the mset of a frigate, he bounded forward,flioging his arms around it as he did so, and then began furionoly climbinog toward 'thestaire. He wore a long, swallow-tail cost, which hung far down the centre pale, -up which he climbed with a success that I would not have believed poessible, though he had. some sliht helps where the places were nailed to which the ropes were fastened. When I saw Ethan lJenkins climbing withl ench desperation, with his eyes fied toward thu top, hie hat off, and his long coat dengling below hle fees, the sight was amuslng indeed, but that which f3llowed was will moreso. It meat have been the bits of wood which rave him -his sare, for, after ascending less than ten feet, he ceased to go:any 'hifher, though he continueod his efforts uas frantieally ae before, and evidently with the impression that he waedlimbing rapidly, r Whlit lpeiaieii ttig?l? Iosnoot sray, hbut theslght of the frightened fellow above the heads of the reat, seemed to live him the ides that he was the moseet desirable prey, and be made one of hi semauing leaps towards him. iTippon shib did not rcich Mr. Etban Jenklns, but he eame mighty near it. I saw the, lithe and. terribly beautiful figre e It declrbed its' parabola thiough the iiiL At the moment of, swinging pau tohe an the I, tiger made a swompieg blow at him.with ore of hirspaws. Is failed to !nflict sanyiojery upon' the poor fellow, but it lilerally brushed away oneof the tails of the coat, wish such a violent wrench that the garment wa split to the collar, The. fellow did not seem' to be awarof it, hbut centinued hii s efforts, thougah, instead of remaining stationary on the pole, he slowly sank toward the glound. " But whatever momentarly dieposition to mirth I might hirs' felt was ehnged to horror the nexl moment as I witnessed the most frighlful pasle which can be conceived. Ien more couram?eous than the pusillanimous Jenkin were strivio to save their preoous onues,with no thouht of themslvre. Caeb leg up their ehildrew, or intrpeselng their bodies before their wives and rweetheutrs, they did their utmost to keep them beyond reach of the savage beast. . In the wild sramble, women and children were knocked down. and trampled upon, shriekq and ceams filled the air, while the hoarse ehont of some of the men sounded not unlike the ro?ting of the larger wild bests,' " Converging toward' the- single- large entrance, the crowd beceme so wedged that it could not move, though, everyone wase trying desperately to forme his 'way through, ard many were cursing at their inability, All at oncea the ssh of carried away a large put of the aide of the tent, while 1 was. Ild bto ee that some ofl the younger maen who had not entirely lost ther soues, plid, their knives with a success whiho opened othertiveues for the people. The way being opened, the multitude ewe dicd into the drkness outslde; where they continued theie fllght arosm 614e, down the hihway-anywerase' everywtrho theeai promised Ihem sepe from the .fearful hbeut that eaoh es imeaged was at hig heelso You will dmilt ith'me that the maist woMdrrful part of thisea tatroph, was that not a m women, or child was killed during t frightful panio which followed the bieako ig onof the htiger from bi cage. p i have given my ezpl?naion of the failluen fTippoo Sahib'to slay any personi when he aould bave killed at les adosn before any one could have preveoted. 'In , ...... f In his eeru mseo'hf· Iewfout them o olither wih s o ekase that: be failed to make a ' leean-j-??.~i'a single' e. He flicted masny Iu?ieee d,'lodee' d more than one individal carried e nentos of his tr, to our t horw, in the shape o f aacrs. for the ret of his life I but, ae I have said, in no cuedid the brtsle peove moesl. .After naking several of his fightful leaps, he seemed to get the idea that freedom was before hm,iuand, iteed: of devotinl himself to the wholesals deturnotion of mankind, he troned his effrt toward reaching the open jr oaeide of the tenta. I eaw his body rin e if propelled from a caiapult, ead go throlgh one of the openinis i othe-Uvee like a hot. froma. aun. The oext moment he had valnshed is thle dark Ynohu may welle im.aine he o temstion bhich I srve Ittempred to demlbe, :a nd ,erbhape na pitenr theesome left behind, Almort at the sare lsltntOthat he dieap peared, ohe-lst of the rrifled apnctatore swent eaof the tent in quicker time, it is safe o i, than he ever travelled befonr l Th iabhte that wer einpesded overhead,I and whioh made the inserlor like dsy, were still in pi?ace leohaps a score of myemployeI werel itadin awed and wondeingl what they co-ld do. if indeed they oeuld do anytbhing t .Tb'Toh uproar so the wild beasts con. tinned, and threatened euch serious mses qa esoes that Dir.' Poeoyce and bis aesistanto were doing theirutmoet to quis them. The. eliphanee were:y istefijan t nOUg. tO'under s;and what hd taLin place. lad-Is 'e:huhad rwek to restrain them from makin g. abehae sbrough the sides of thiutent.. In She midst of wlha might he calld ohs remnani ofl he panit, t?e muss dilapldatld and woebegone individuoI I ever lookLd np-u 'sm t t'regultnglowdrd me. w wae rahin Jenkine, with one 'oat.ttll misolr, the coat eplit to his ucek, tih'knot of his necktLi twslted under ose'esy,:bhi trouners torn from the frlclloin'aslinil tSh osotre pole, while his eyes seemed to, he bolviss in terror from hisbed,': "-';*: :h.d 'I slay, Mr. BSrnum,' he said, In a tromblinr voiee, 'csn you sell me-if the boyalerllsl toter it done-done rampgionle' ,-. ,l,:i/,. 'He oulht not to be until he chews you np,' Iteploed 'you're a pretty fellow,.' If'it hadIo' been for yon, nothing of this kind could hvve happensd" ' '* 'Can you tell'me whore my bat i ll'Just loLk at my oatli' he ooclalmsd, pullino one setion of the lsapping Lrmont around In front of him. ' 'I say, Mr. Broumni y',urorte poy me fir thi co?t? for it ain't good for nothin' ean more.' CaiPra IV.-TaU P'rausoo Piany. 'Yoocow.rrd I' I tbhudered, '1 will pay ?0ou for your worhbisoeeoatL, If you wll pay for the inJuries theeu nnoontjpeonle h~ve euffreod, aod for the Iels of our royaL Baesgal tiger. Eth 'n Jokies looked at roe in bewlrleord rvy'+and theb, sasmmag to nederstand ehat I' han enid, he' multered, 'Ginger blur " a sd. 'wlihout another word hurried on '. Bdo, as yo will see, there wee a very seraonlr side SO the bu·lmee. Noe only bad 'ipper, Bahib Indicted greas damage, but he was sll st- lree, end lihbleuto do a Ireat deal more befnre he osnld be captured or killed, , Ties nawe of the esape of the tlier would ergeed kLreolh eke nclehbourhood like wild: •rs,. throwqigthe country into ooneteroslicto uni•_l bit rehimotr'mt death. I "'IOfeoaNt% I~a acO~s glpreevTitupoo

ialandwh we r aen to e a It that e. a-od ti shoud Ieaog baL?ed onti show i indo cJb nidorle hum aor head, I warneed eoe taoi bep ' eals mitns, bet liwrasd tha M. Fodes debd stron, ?tn he me., adl of whole we anim-al, safduho were b etume with mo.t 'Where i Tom Bradford?' Ieaked, looking e?ound;"all I thereou are! You sum te be '"' littloeflotel Tom,' I added, s .'I noticed bih . uuaally muddy hebe., and Sflahilngeyse. .- . Ye Ta, sir; we all m to feel a 1le0o 'Siae war,' he replied, with a mesing look?at ame which eaused the netr to smile. 'There is one ineurneibl e fle,' I ?-n ma ked; 'and that is tht, although Tippoo Sahib 'ba l dome: eonsidrable harm and created a dreadful turmoil, he has killed nobod ; for, if he had done so we would havre seen it, hbut every peron who has felt the weight of his claw hare beenr able o get awy with the uninjured. I lost sight of you, Tom, after the beast came through the cage.'l oa 4mt:,4w 'I didn't' pehke -up Mr. Fordyes; I saw him catch up several children one aftee the other and duh through the opening -in the tent with them.'' h howr wae that' I ased. 'I thought of the little oan right away, returned Tom, with a blmh on bin haundome face. 'and weas uat you would not object when I cut aehole inthe sid of the Lcavul th my jackknife and rushed through with a many ual I could.' Object I' I exclaimed, petting him on the head ; ' you showes morn sense th a anyone. It was the very thing to do, and I have no doubt that thoeu.who thought of it were led to do so by your actionr. How would you like to stay behind with Mr. Fordyce and his ompany to help eapture Tippoo Sahibr ' would like it very mouh indeed.' 'You shall do so.' By this time our employee bad eo far recovereod from the ecitement, and the elephalt ad othlberbeeat ware so far quieted, that the worl of taking down the tents preparatory to moving on to the next townr wa? begun. However, year interest just now.i not with the show itldif, but with M hr. oeddyoo anod ihe little potty that were left behind..l promised my men thea I would divide five. hundred dollars among them if they would ucceed in eesapturing Tippoo Sahib aliveand unhurt, but I instructed them .at the same time not to hesitate to shoot him in case any one'b life was imperiled. I suggested, at the same time, that he should take immediate steps to have it known hroughout that section that the mes maum of money would be paid for the beart, no natter by whom taken.. I also impressed upon my employs that In oppottioaing my rward among them I sheuld'have regard or ehoe who were she most deserving. Thin wees nece-sary, in order to epor ah individual e do his beest So now oircumstancea take me away from e saene of interest and action, and the story which I tell you came to me from the partieipante. I had a great deal of condenore in Mr. rordyle and hie ms, all of whom had been Smy employ for a number 'of years. Mr. Fordyce, oepecially. was-familiar with wild roimal and their ways, and was sure to do 0othing rash o to lose eight of my intereste. The patiee to be feared were the oouatr en, who in their segrnm tod 'ay the tiges would not only pla, themelv in great iongsr, but would Inteders with the work of ay men,'wio weae ambitone sof 'rinltng brp eoo Sahib ack to our menoage. Of course nothing oulld kb'dooe'lh night. e - smen including Tom Bradford, rode odf apreeback to the Village oseel where quarte ·ioe oenaged indefnlltely. Then a 'long oineultetion was held a to she preci meean a be employed to rooer'the' beast. 'Evidently there a but one thing to be done,' aid Mr. Fordyce,'i we are to capture the lgor alive; he mut be entrapped. I tbhink to will locate himself in the stretch of woods ack of the village, and, following the custom n India, will issue forthlmd capture whatever eomei hirs wayfor his meal. Itmay beto low, or a calf,'or a sheep; ore hose or mle; I or perhaps a 'plump b,' he added, with ai ly look at Tom Bradford; at oany ate, he ny be depended upon not to. die of -larvtlion.' S'Spposa thy country?en fcrm a conmpany to go ad bust for himh aiggstedone o he ,o I am eMorry to beiave that that i. the most probable oare, and U we cannmet prevent it ,he will be trouble,. If they oatack the snimsl, andeeacesmllyli they wound him; he e il turn apon them and do a gret deal mdre injury than h 'did under canvas thi 'I If you will allow me,' said Tom, moduestly, I think it would be a good idea to zepren.t ;e tiger as snob a terrible creature--s' ha rally la-the ? they wli?U be asid to go tolywhesenr bhim..' ' ' Not a bad plan,' Ireplied Mr. Fordyce. with ?.od.o approval, ' thoough they my attempt w met the objaotion b oy orga?sing a small ?m i lhuntes. We will to keepthe Job ut of their bhands, and manage It ouroelvee l •sn if Tippoo ehould take isintl his h 'ead to natoh cp come p m ad carry him awsy. the -ose wil h ve to" die,' ' ad moot ikely the IhdividMul himselL We will ?.is operadQoee at,'4eieht tomorrow,' ontinued Mr. Fordyalo 'ot fe objectrt -ing to locat the bosa.h . If be bee fieod son some cave, so mmush t'he bester, .We ill try to entice him inIto iwhen'he happens o be oat by diasribtulig an abundance of holes bite for him.' The 'we'll arrange' to eaten him lnside and ehioroferm him, or -nnege in seome wy to gst nough ropea .oadbleegs to bmd him.bfat.' ' l it posible to haeo him ' asked Tom imldly. i 'Is shoce ernone sere who will volunteer o ?fling a leaso over the heedofl'ippoofahibl' eked Mr. eadyle, ; looking tbhe 'aces of his friends, with aqul?ulal eixpre lion. It need not be elid' that no volunter pe anted himself. At this juetatoe ther wras a reonndingr, cook on the door of the room In which the I roup were: sa d. Tm; speang up and It a their old ' aqega lninnee. Ethe. lenins. He had been able to obtain anothe at and ? oe?l 'ed:had iad himeIlf up in rreentable shape, though the expreseton n s faoe ahowed tlhat h wee still labouring mrder considerablo eoleieent. 'Are y ou the fols tshu'hae stayed behind a catch that 'are tsigR he asked, looking rom oee to the other.' SWill,'do jou'tatto know whet''hbecme c him? ' ' 'We are anxious to obtain that know. edge.' SWall, bee 'jst ea tisl up the whole dis. riot ! After laaving your plagusy circus, he •ob the middle of the r0oad nd .altheed up he Iolbs as he ran he must hava ewslleed orcy cr fift of 'oem i Ibt tism.' '...... . 'I hardly think hlneitpcty le equal to hat,' ravely replidd Mr. ]ordyc, while ohere ws genea rmil. on thb: f sa of the ' Mry graolou I A tier can sat ?nythin Sd rnever will teop whe bhe gt etited. I an tell iou thai you will havea pra sty bill to ,a7 before you're thtl d with tw b is heatnee.' But il ie yo who my rwpousiblo, sad -r. Fotdyore;'forifb ou bldo't poked your lane in the tigec' oeye, he pever would heIV roken out. 'H?owever;-,if ou will do your ie1s to heap the eopleo from bnntisg the mniml afnd leve0 him' entiely to us. we will sot cell uoon you to pay damage, and, if you ucceed in ksptngl varaer se eway, we wil pay poe for coot ruined coat and hat.' Trh propoeIttIon s 'deligbhed Mr. Jenkins hat hehmded ost of the village hostl to do in tsime to earn the paymaOo promised, (Oa ,o.ou JTm-. e,