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Chapter NumberXLVI
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Full Date1888-12-07
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Newspaper TitleKyabram Union (Vic. : 1886 - 1894)
Trove TitleMy Plucky Boy Tom; or, Searching for Curiosities in India for My Show
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THEm YOUNG- FOLKS. i y rLUCKY BOY TOM ; ORI , SlIAIICIING FOR CURIOSITIES IN INDIA FOR MY SIIHOW. BIy P. T. BAner'o. Cr.utrni XLVf.-Tr--E CAS? OF F.umEs. r Athoor, the native, and Cirl Godkin were so engnged ine watching_ the Wild Men of the f Mountins that they paid little heed to the alrience of Tomt lradforld. The hot afternoon wnn drawing to a close, and lhe oulght to have returned long before; but his friends decided that, if hoe did not Scome back as 'early as he promisedi it was his ownn, ntflir; they had no time to waste in hunting hin up; . 'I en.m froid,-sadl Athoor, ' that 'the Wauwaros will make a rush.' SVe cal nmke na:good. fight with our guns v and revolvers,' replied Mr. GGodkin, who felt, -after th t he anny escapes, a though it ill herame them to think of yielding it long as thery were able to make any kind of resist. ante at all. r 'It lstthat fict which causes them to hesi tate; but youl have learded that " King Hosmman snd his warriors are brave, and 'we I' luive made them pay so dearly for what they have alreanly done that their pride is nt stake-the most powerful motive a savage can have is revenge.' I would have little misgiving butefor those poiseoned javelins.' .r ' That is my dread, for-ono prick from them is as sure in its results as a rifle-ball through the heart. We must not fire again sat the same time, for they will know Loth our guns are unloaded, and will be upon us before we can reload them.' SBut we have our pistols.' True, and they will stand us well 11 !t Somothihg is rup i'. The lynx-ey East Indian saw nothing, but he had heard a soft rustling, it if made by a serpent crawling overthe leaves. The Wild Men had learned to Itold the firearms in iuch respect that, during as they - were, they hesitated almit ox i posin, thense!lves to the nintof the defetader nwho, 'naowing they wereo fighting for their lives, were sure to fire to kill. Mr. Godkin was stldling at one side of the nalrrow peascge, while Athoor was oppo site him. b?ith hugged the walls cose, snd fortunately the projections of the rocks screened their hodies to that extent that even the skilled W~tiuwarasf would have found it hrdl to reail them with their vweanpoLns, t nless they stepped nearer the'midll.6 if the Atlins r ]had hardly uttered his' ibilist rssarninig.' when the reItiisive head of -one of the 4 ild Tetn was discerned 'along thle side .of the cntrance. - -Ilo ewas trying to get a peep into the sdhrk interior, evidently inspectsng that the fugi tives had withdrawn further into the depthls of the earth, and had probably left thei mouth of the cavern uigunarded. Since the warrior was in the sunlighit, i fsint though it was, hee was at it di.esd vantasgo, for he was in plain sight, while his enemies were so hidde in glooni that it was almost impossible to detect them, half con centled as they were by the projections of the rocks. Inasmuch ats the warrior must have been awnre of this, it will be conceded that he ditsplayenl a reckless daring by lis attempt to locate the two defenders. Let usite try mwy revolver on him,' whis pepred Mr. Godkmi, cauntiously raising the slbanner of his weapon. ' I think I catn fetchl l}im.' Slight a? was the sound made by the cocking of tihe weapon, the wily Ytauweiere heard it amtl vanisheh like a flesh. Ieo haid learntd the meaning of that warn ing, and was not quite ready to sacrifice lhimself. There was a swift whizz, and something , like the flitting of a bird's wing swept in front of Mr. thelklen' face. Almost the same instant a javelin struck the flinty floor twenty feet withitn the passage and glided i along, like a stone thrown on the ice, until it met ani obstruc:tion, when it bounded a foot in sir and came to rest. The missile, flueng blindly into the opening, had ?ien hrledl with prodigious force, and woeuld have made short work with either of the persons had it struck him. 'There's the miscreant,' whispered Godkin agaein. as the ]lend of the same warrior ap peared, as if to learn the result of his essay. I Since my friend hold' hin revolver ready, there was no clicking this tiume to alarm the I esavnge, wlho muslat have been quite certain his javelin lhaid found is tiarget, for he exposed himself tores plhitly then before, offternTga I nmserk that suitedl Mr. Godkin exactly. Thie first inoveneintof the W'ild Ilaon edi cated that he inteshdri to mako his way into the tunnel, but he land taken only a single step. whesn a ronesiousness of his lperil I cheked him. telad he stood for several seconds } undeecidedl whether to advance or retreat. It was iut this moiment that Mr. Godkin let fly. r A howling screcelh-an upward flinging of tihe urnsis-tn letp in the air, and a fail back warn left ni doubt that the gentleman had scortcl a ' bull's eve.' T'lho eava:ge haal hardlly fallen when seveonl hands seized Isis feet and drew himhn out of gsight. Th'is wats done so quickly, and ihis friends exposedl themselves so slightly to the aim of the defendiero, that the latter were un- t ihble to reach themt. 1 Nevertheless, Athoor fired, his purpose beuing to toneh the 'avages that the fugitives were wide. awake, and there unn be no a doubt that hie sacelreded in his laudsible luroseo. f A half-honr 'now followed. without the slightest sign fanna the Wild Men of the Mountatins. The miiutes were trying ones to the defendemrs, who were too wise to form any hole of imnutnity.' They know rather that tisir elnetsies were perfecting some scheme that wou-ld prove more dangerou h than anrything yet undertaken. Evidelitly they were waiting for darkness before putting it into exc?cdtio. ' At the end of the half-hour named, night f had fully siune, ftor, is you know, there is little twilight in the 'warm countries, the transition from tiny to night lasting but afew m.tinutes. Naltireslly dmritngthis period of ,waiting, the tholnghlts of ourtfritends often turned to Tom rnidfml, auhd there were many specu lationsnas to the cause of .his- absence. ; He o.tglit to have returned lng before, and' the 0 fiut Ithat hee dlidl not indicated thatsonmething " unsllelll prevented- heim. - . - ,: Believintg. as did Atholor and Mr. GChkin. that thee crisis was ait hund, they felt tile need of. tle e lltkle'" ' led's presence to hellji ih tlhe desl:er-te fighlt thalt seemed. in 'ovitahele. The relert of 'Lom's rifloreaceheedtleirearns, hlet that was at long timo before-only a few Itinttes.. indeed, after hid departure, tind nittttlrilly thee men wondeertl niot a little an to whttt reeuld halevo drmwn the fire of their young friend. c It wrss inot Inielsotablle to suzppose that rel su e Ilerge ennelecrg,-lene refugeo was made urse or by moro.thlni noe wild animal, but neithier Altlooe nor iee r. Godkhin dresmed of the stirring ecieounter thelad had oxperienlced in the tunnel. MLr. Godkis was 'half inulined to usrge Athloor to turn'nbout and pueh their wav - selong titie pasaMgo. Had Tom heen with them, he would net have hesitnted to do so, for though neither could gueee whither oetlh an exploration would ited them, it scmned a' prefemblo to remaining at the mouth of the e oavern, where they were not only exposed to thoso stealthy flings from the poisoned javoe linha, bet were quite sure to have a hand-to hand fight withl their enemies. h Once our friends were istartled by an indo noribahlo souend from the depths of the cavern behieid them. It was no faint that neither could idettify it, but to Mr. Godkin it seemed thle murmnur of a voice.. Ho listened intently, and fencied that nfter a few'inutesim t he detected it sainm, but it wans still imtpos sihie to identify at, and it ?w?s heard no more. SAtthoor,' 'said Mr. Odkhi, in thle senmo ardetl urndeertonee, ' I am going to find out, if I caln, what they are doing.' How will yotu do that?' ' Creep to the mnouth of the passago and taku a peeoop out.' 'Tseko my'dvio asnd don't try it.' SWhy net?' ' I ?uas on the peint of doing so in)yelf.' be

!'I reckon it' isas safo for me as for you. I'm off I' : It; wals chaurcterletio of Mr. Godalin that; whesI he onceo made up his mind to a certain I course of notion, he did not delay. ITe 'now leaned his rifle nagmnst the side of the 'cavern, where he was standing, and, crouslhiu~ until his head was within a couple of feet of the floor, he beganmoving forward with the stealth andnoiselessness of an Amnri to can Indian. io -I was running-n fesrful.risk, and no one so knew it better than he. Wlshiloyetsomoedistancofrofm the mouth, Mr. o, dkin samnk on his hands anid kniees, and, grasping his revolver, made his way t forwnard, inch by inch, using hit eyes and ai cin 'for all they were worth, and ready at o ny instant to retreit into the cavern again. Tho uewril of the gentleman lay in tihe fact that the aides of the passage-was' nisr thid esitrance were so amooth that they offered no s shelter in the event of discovery, and, before SIhe could dash back to his former position,, a It whole shower of the poisoned javelina woro g ure to be sent after him. But, . on tho' other hand, tsinc. Ito was. envelope in impenetrabls gloom, hoe iii hopeful that he''wuld not be 'dlscovered at all.. .. . o Tlhere ?as enough moonlight on tlhi out-' side to show him the glearn of the Sacrd? t Lake, arid, iasmnuch as there was no vegetation around the entrance, the Wild Men would be in sight, provided they were there. Bv-and-byehereached a point beyond which he tlared not go,. since he would be in the i flood of noonlight which would bring him in view of his enemices. It At the moment of checking hhltsolf, Mtr. Godkin caught a low, guttural sound, which he recognised as the voice of one of the Wild Mfen, and slightly raising his head, he saw an interesting aight. A tall figure, which it was easy to tucogeiso as that of ling Homma hiwiself, awas standing in the centre of a group of warriors, wieho wore no more than fifty feet e from the mouth of the cavern. Thely were sented on the rocks and boulders, listening to what was evidentlva halmngue of their leuler, though he tltodulatedl his voico so carefully that Athoor, ta short distuneo further in the cavern, could not catch the f sunnd. It was safe to conclude that King Honunit W1 as urging his warriors to join him in s"omno dstinsng scheme, to which even such Irave soldiers sts they nededssl incitement, ,ad there t wan reasonable ground for believing that tlhe plan was to mnssko a rash into the caver-n - there to Ishave the fight out without further deelaty. l' Atihoor,' said Mr. Godkin, turninsg his hi id ; ' coto hero.' L The native was at hiis elbow, feeling unwilling to allow his friend to make his srisky recoiuaissancte alones. SWlhat do you nUko of thals?' ' Tie rush will come within the next two P minutes.' 'Sutsch is my opinion! What shall we do ' '"Wit till they start and are neaonrly hereo; then fire and rcsk .them ; we will retreat into the cavern matd hunt for mnno other way out, or mako a fight there.' ' They are comtinfg I' King HIonutu did not need to urge his twarriors long. for, like a true general, he po laced himself at their head, asking them to do nothing more perilous than wlut he did himself. The Wild Men reso to their feet, and the wholo party stnrggled forward, halting a few paces fRion the mouth of the entrance, where the leader said something in t low voice. T·uaen, with himself at their. head, they. crouchedl down uand advanced stealthily towardn the spot, where Mr. Goudkiu an d Athoor were watching them. ' Both together,' said the latter. The mative fired Iis rifle at the sate moment that iMr. Godkin began popping away with his revolver. But an astomnding phenomenon followed. 1 There was a puflin boomn likeo nexplosion, I and tihe whole mouth of theo cavern becamne sheet of tllt e. The first thing our friends nlotw, they t seemed to be in the middle of a fiery furnace. Mr. Godkin suspected what it meant, and I alled to hais friend: ' Back into the cavern-quick, or you are a desul num!' i' Athoor did not lose his wonderful coolness, and, at the first blinding flash, -he made a leap of ten feet baokwtrds. Mr. Godkin was hardly a second behind 3 him, and their promptness saved therm fromu a terrible death. t T'hey dashed back through the tunnel, Mr. Godtkin ssnatehinfg his rifle on the fly, a hie ran past, and neither halting until u turn in the t pas ,sug placed them beyond reach of siny flyng mi.issile. Then, lhaving recovered from the flurry, they stooped and carefully reconnoitered thist Sgrtud from which they .had fled in such i hLunte. Mr. Godkin, who understood the occur- t reneoo expiainesd: ' That peculiarodour we noticed when we c enterel the passagoway is caused by natunral t gas which esscape from numerons crevices I in the sides of the rock ; the discharge of our c weapons right among it set it on fire.' ' But why wasn't it fired when you dis- c charlslst yaour gun before ?' ' W ere too far back to ignite the gas, thloligh we must have run ia narrow clsmne. a "T?e gas flows outward from tsse cave, where it is dissipated and loat in the clear air.' SHow long will it continue to burnt' a asked Athoor. Until the crack of doom,' was the force- . ful reply. Cnann---XLVII.-Tua Pai'rros Camr , F?a. a You have not feorgotten that after Tom Bradford penetrated for into the underground cavern, he entered a vast chamlber in which he found an outlet. Since this was the .very discovery he wished to make, he was delighted, for " it promieda a way of escapo for himself and friends. - But hardly wa ihe thrilled by the know ledge, when his hopes were hsatt-resd by the further discovery :tthat. the csltruao - Bhich ' showed the dim light on the outado wdas alsio kilown to the Willd Men. . , r ... . a All doubt. on his part was removed by the t] sight of one of the natives, dimly seen as he etslered the opening and advamnceed towanrd the nastonished youth The latter wasso disappointed ind angered tthathe raised his gun with the intention of I shooting the intruder. . tl Butt that was a deed wlhich his chivalrous s nature would not pereit him to perorm f it too closely resembled murder. An astoundislg truth aswaitedl him. In thie stillnecs of the arched chamber the .footprints of the native were plainly hoserl. HIe walked like one familiar with the in .terior, even in the profound gloom. The couro heo was followng broughit him dir?otly " towardl whiere Tom Bindford stood with Iluss t cocked rifle-undecided whether or not to P fire. 'I will give him a sicare,' T cided the lad, 0o whose s~pirit of mniscdlief nmanifested itself at the most inopportune occasuions. 5 The boy waitedl till he was within a few or p?ces, iwhen in the most pelulahrtl voice Ieo s could asssume, he asked: : W'sWat ldo you want ?1 The native stoppeds a abrnptly as if on tihe edlo of it fathlomlia ablyss, alnd Tos Bnradfordl v nild in thie darktehar ts he reflected on tihe i fright ihe had given the fellow. But it was Tom's turn to be startled. tl Standing motlotless, thie mtivo asked in turn: . es ' Be Itht yotu, hib Pt ' t" Surely Tomt Bradford had hoard that voice s before. Could he beliove his esra ? 'tWIy Zip, are you alive?' " t Tom cotlihagino the grint on the face of the East Indian, as he answor:ed :; ' This me, iahib-this Zip-he slive I' It was indeed tho uativa who had taken t6 sitichi desperate chances when the whole party were prisonrns in thoii hands of thie WYld Men i of the founstnu. " m * How did you escape their j?avalns,ZiyP' SRun fat-dodgo qulok-upears Cut clothes fa -noe sratch kin--hideo ,-'mong-: trees- VWild Moe noefind me.' c * Well, you're as lhoky na the rest of us as have been,' was the gratified exhsnantiot of

a. Tom Bradford, as ho stop'd forward, and groping a moment with his riht hand, shook that of his friend, 'whom neither he nor his a friends over expected to sce rgamn. Further convcrsation mado known the fact to that after Zip had secured his own safety, he 1, was so concerned for his 'friends that hbe li could not bear to leav.ctho country until he d learned'thoir fath. It-'will be remembered that lie was fainfliia.with tho section, and had visitel it a number of timhs. He e observed the ;'depirt-ur of his friends ftrot the, presence of' King Homnma, and nnrrowly 'ceaptsl'discovery himself, in his efforts to keep the-party is ighlt. y He witnessed tihetrango goings on along d the Sacred Lake; rind with feelings that can t hardly be imagined,' saiL''theo wonderful esatpe of Tom Bradford through the help of tthe remnarlable bird" known as - the aw e weol-oo. S '.Zip. -ias -on'.the meatch for sosn means of giving hris fiends help; 'butt none~ openedi r until theirhunrried flight into the cnvern. S1 Thenho recalled the rear door, as it may be tinnid, azid. ctout:to. find it, so as to s. ohiiw tho others ai n ,easy way of escapeo, jiprovided tlhiaopeudngtaesnot also known to t thuWildtMen'of the Mouiitiinis. Several yeari; had '.clapsed' since Zip's aecidoental dicotpry of the entrance, so that I it was' not'dutil iitar nightfall that heentered the hugo ehliambei", which Tom had managed to find in his blind gropinga into the interior of the earth. ' Well, this will to good nows to Athoor and Mr. Godkin,' said the pleased lad, 'for they had no more idea. of seeing you again thnn I hld. I think they need us too, for I am sure those dull noises which have reached us once or twice while we were talking are the sounds of their guns.' i I knlow that,' replied Zip, who was eager to reach his friends, confident as heo was that his hellp was needed. ' I will show you the way,' said Tom, pro ducing anlother wax mihatch, holding it above his head, and walking slowly. The happy fallow could not avoid turning nround anddlooking intothledusky eountenncee of hlis suliiig friend with the remark: ' It does rnegod to see your face again. Zip, and won't Athnor and Mlr. osllkin be id lighted to meet you ! Hero's the way.' As he spoke he enterod a pawutgo leading ,off from tho clhambcr.r Zip cheoked him. 'lou wrong--nttnot right way.' ' Wlhy, Zip, I'm sure it is.' ' You wrmng,' plerot.ted the ultive : 'light riner nmatch-mo show waty, sahib.' )Iuslsting his friend's judgment'-though not his honesty-Torn did as directed, and followedl him into a passagoway, which the lad was certain ?is the wrong onlo. You need not ho told, however, tlmt it is so easy for a person in Tomn Bradford's situation to go wrong, that the rule is for him toi do so. Zip was right, as was evident within the of a few minutes. T'ie two hlad not gone far when they wero iatonishe l to observe a strong, yellow light, which they soon learned was caused by the flnames at the month of the cavern. Against this blazing blackground were sen the forms of Mr.(hxlkin and Athoor. Thiir figures looked as if stamped in ink on the glowing sheet beyond. Wonularing what it could all mean, Tom and Zip hurried forward and quickly joined the couple. The astonishment of the latter was un boundvil. But so was their pleasure, and they shook the hand of the native warmly. ' This harum-secarum youngster amounts to sIomethdn5 after all,' remarked Mr. Godkin, ' and if king Homma and his warriors are 1 not at the opening ahead of us, we have \found a way out of this country, and glad iteough I'll be to leave it; for I don't mind lhtiting wild animals, -no matter how fierce they are, but I don't want to be hunted by wild men wlilo I'm doing it.' '.That's a wonderful thing,' said Tom, referM g to the blazing gas at the month of the is torn; ' wo all noticed the peculiar srnell, ?),t I didn't iuagino it was that.' ' I was afraid,' said Mr. Godkin, ' when it caught fire from the flash of our weapons. ttit it would burn only It few minuted, but the sup lly of gus is so continumto thuat it. isn't likely to go out for an indefinite time.' 'You tidnk there is no likelihood of tihe Wild Moen trying to force their way through it ' 'Had it been merely II puff they might do so, for King Homuna and his warriors aro full of grit; but those flames are two or three yardls in-depth, and from the outside they enanot tell theirextent. They will be likely to tlhink that the whole pasa.igewua aund tlhe ravern itself is on fire. That will 'isposi of t us in their opinion, -and they will give the matter no further thought.' ' T'hey Waiy think that the fire was canised by ui.' 'I'ossibly they may, and that will serve unst its well, for it will give thex such ami itdea of our power that they .will leave us slnte, no mnutter how much they would like to reventge thenlselves on us.' Atheor and Mr. Godkein were sagacious enough to keeph lyoml the sight of any of the Wild lien who might have the eourag o to attempt to peer through the fire into the enlvoiof flames. f It was tri their interest to favour the belief n of the Wnawairus that the party htad all I sufferedt a frightful death. . . Night had fully como, and time was valu- I able, for, if the little company did not get out of tihe dangerous'section before the riunng of the sun, they were not likely to do so at all. Since Zip was familiar with the cabin atul ditfferent subterranean passages, the leader ship was naturally turned over to hia. a 1teo sound of his voice was sufficient 'to a guide the others, but it was far more agree- r able to possess something ln the nature of a light, and the abundanoe of matches owned by M.r. Godkin warranted the burning of b a good many before reaching the chamber e from which thereo was an opening tothe outer t world. ., - .. - The four friends arrived at this entrance without any incident; but, before voenturing out, it was deemed wise to make a survey of . the immediate neighbourhood: .:. - ', ore no nasurance withountaeh ' King.Homma and. some of his warriore were not on thel..atch, ,though tho pireamption was againit that fact. Zip took upon hinsolf theduty of making thins reconnaissance, and he came back with ,ord'that the coast'was clear. : ". - Despite this assuranco, all feour felt a quicker throbbing of the. heart- as they emerged from to cavern from which -only i short tinme before it seemed impossiblo for them to escapo; but they were on the outside - at lust," with every reason to feel thesnRelve0 A safogihiinst that piarticular form of danger. I A llshnred the desire to plnce asmany miles as possiblo between them anti tie viglobo of the WYild on of the. Mountolns befors the rising of the morrow's sun. Tile business of the party was to siecr 0 soom valuable euriositiest for my exhihitiou, iand it was impossible for them to make any prgress h the work ia lotg at tlheir entire time was taken up in tighttig the Wlnwarons or in trying to keep out of their clutchos. It was manifeat, however, tlutt the party were in a region where the most remarkable euriosities in the way of birds, -beatst and reptilee were found, and they had hope of accomlpllishtlng sometling for me before making their way to another part of India. 11r. Glodkin wishil to return to the vicinity of Lucknow, wheloro an abundance of prizes wore awaitintg capture, tliough most of them were ditferint in their nature from those to be founnd in the Ninzam. The fmnilitrity of the two natives with the rcomuntrty of thle Wild len enabled them to take course that led ireotly away from" the dlangerom sn-teighbourhood. . ' With the one object of ineuring tfaety, they ltslied forward unttil thleyhad t?ravelcd several milee. TLheir course led them throtugh as rooky a scmtion as they traversed when captives o . their way to the presnce of King Honuums, every portiln of it being ~ wtdedl--so much so in many places that they were obliged to make tiresome detours. ' THellsa I suddenly excuhdmed Tom radl . ford, ' yonder is a camp fireo I' SThey "must be soma of the WYauwaras,' added tMr. odkin, observing that Athoor and Zip had corno to a halt. No,' msaId Athoor, after obser-ing the

light for a nminut or so; 'thseyare not Wild 'How can you tell thatbeforwo-e have a. look at them' . , ' Ikause I know they lmr not i.;.ll at all, was the stmiigoiieply. Without -any further explination, the. Intives resumied their ailyanao,' but with. great care, each one seeking to moi·o ithout the loeit noiso. ! The light tlhat;had attracted the :attention. of all *ai now ceen to be moving, as though if weiu a torch hold in the hand of. some person groping his way through the wood. , It wa. noticeable, however, that it: burned dimly, resembling, indeed,. an old-fashioned lantern more than a nything else. . ' That's what it must be,' said.Tom, after • .the reeemblanco had been remarked by Mre Godkin. . .r .?S Y y ' No, it is not,' replied Athlioor, without . o?plaining the mytery urther.: SToll us what nt is thebn! - ' I am nbt sure, but IL Jhinak you 'aro approaching onoe of the most, wonderful. curiositice not only in 'India, but in the' world.' ... . ... A little further,'~md the'party came to a halt, for thlry stood on the edge of a natural' opening, in the middlo of which' wai the phantom calmp-fire,-thit for a few minutes. hed moved away from their approachi like the. well-known ignisfnlatus of our own country. Enough moonlight penetrated this open spaoe to show the opeetators that they were looking upon a huge bird that was strutting" back and forth, after the manner of a peacock, which it resembled in many respocts, having the samne imnmonse spread of brilliant feathers. for its tail, large wings and gorgeous nook, tporing to its small head, which was hold aloft, fully four feet from the ground. It ls this head which makes the mouphilon of Nizam such a marvellous curoeity.. 1rom the crown of the head project probably two score feathers, which curve aver at the top liko the graceful drooping of* the branchee of.the willow; the crown, when cern by dallight, resembling a fine bouquet of longi-stcmnmed flowers. In the centro of thin gorgeous no~segay burns a lholsphorecencoo like an aggregation of a million fireflies. Scen at night it is iasly mistaken for the light of a camp fire, and, difttfnnt ao it is in thisn Zopect from all other birds or auimnal known, it is no wonder thJut Mr. Gudkin and Tom Bradford looked with awe ill?m the wonderful sight. [eo neas coraiem.]