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DESCRIPTION OF THE TIGER.
fresh in the memory of all who have read the description given by an eye-witness of that tragic
A party went on shore on Sangar Island, to shoot deer, of which they saw innumerable tracks, as well as of tigers : they continued their diversion till near three o'clock; when, sitting down by the side of a jungle to refresh themselves, a roar like thunder was heard, and an immense tiger seized on MR. Monro, son of Sir Hector Monro, BART., and immediately rushed into the jungle, dragging him through the thickest bushes and trees, every thing giving way to its monstrous strength: a tigress accompanied his progress. The united agonies of horror, regret, and fear, rushed at once upon the friends of the unhappy victim. One of them fired on the tiger; he seemed agitated. A second gentleman fired also; and in a few moments after this, the unfortunate gentleman came up to them bathed in blood. Every medical assistance proved vain ; and he expired in the space of twenty-four hours, having received such deep wounds from the teeth and claws of the animal, as rendered his recovery impossible. It is remarkable, that a large fire, consisting of ten or twelve whole trees, was blazing near the party, at the time when this accident took place, and ten or more of the natives were with them.
66 The human mind,” says an ege-witness, can scarcely form any idea of this scene of horror. We had but just pushed our boat from the shore, when the tigress made her appearance, almost raving mad, and remained on the sand all the time we continued in sight.”
About seven years ago, information was brought to the 1st battalion of the 4th regiment of Native Infantry, at Kaira, commanded by CAPTAIN Hull, that a tiger had committed great devastation in the neighbourhood. CAPTAIN Hull immediately formed a party for its destruction ; and in the course of the pursuit, the retreat of two of the ferocious animals was discovered in a thick jungle near a village. One of them escaped: the other, a tigress, crossed the bed of a river, and in her flight was struck
by two well-directed shots. The pursuit was continued with spirit, and after a long search, a Sepoy traced the place of her concealment. The party advanced towards the spot, but, in the way, on ap. proaching the edge of a deep ravine, the animal burst upon their view sooner than was expected. With a tremendous roar she instantly made a spring at CAPTAIN Hull, who was in front of some of his Sepoys. Seeing the imminent peril of their commanding officer, with one accord, they rushed forward to interpose themselves and receive the tigress on their bayonets, crying, “ Save the Pultan Ka nuseeb Kawind,* and firing at her at the same time. The furious animal, although wounded by several shots, and with her tongue pierced by a bayonet, completed her spring, ripped up the pantaloon and boot of Captain Hull, broke the leg of a Sepoy, and then fell with them and another Sepoy into an adjoining ravine, where, after receiving five balls in her shoulder, she met from her gallant assailants with the coup-de-gruce : (the death-blow :) she measured ten feet in length.
The ship-carpenter, who came over with the tiger, brought from Bengal, in 1791, by the Pitt East-Indiaman, after an absence of more than two years, came to the Tower to see him. The animal instantly recognised his former acquaintance, rubbed himself backward and forward against the grating of his den, and appeared highly delighted. Notwithstanding the urgent request of the keeper that he would not rashly expose himself to danger, the man begged so earnestly to be let into the den, that he was at last suffered to enter. The emotions of the animal seemed roused in the most grateful manner. He rubbed against him, licked his hands, fawned upon him like a cat, and in no respect attempted to injure him. The man remained here for two or three hours; and he at last began to imagine there would be some difficulty in getting out alone. Such was the affection of the animal toward his former friend, and so close did he keep to his person, as to
* The Fortune and Father of the Corps.
render his escape almost impracticable.
With some care, however, he got the tiger beyond the partition of the two dens; and the keeper, watching his oppor. tunity, dexterously closed the slide, and thus geparated them.
Very obstinate combats have sometimes taken plaee between the tiger and the elephant. One of these was seen by M. D'OBSONVILLE, in the camp of Hyder Ali. The tiger, not yet of full strength, (for he was not more than four feet high,) was brought into the area, and fastened with a chain to a stake, round which he could turn freely. On one side, a strong and well-taught elephant was introduced by his keeper. The amphitheatre was enclosed by a treble rank of lance-men. The action, when it commenced, was extremely furious; but the elephant, after receiving two deep wounds, proved victorious.
[From HULBERT's Museum Asianum, p. 193-196.)
INSTANCE OF CHINESE GENEROSITY. MR. ANDERSON was a British Merchant, who resided in China for purposes of business. SHALKING-QUA was a Chinese Merchant, who knew MR. ANDERSON intimately, and had extensive transactions with him. MR. ANDERSON met with heavy losses, became insolvent, and at the time of his failure, owed his Chinese friend upwards of eighty thousand dollars. MR. ANDERSON wished to come to England in the hope of being able to retrieve his affairs; he called on the Chinese Merchant, and in the utmost distress explained his situation, his wishes, and his hopes. The Chinese listened with anxious attention, and having heard his story thus addressed him, My friend AnDERSON, you been very unfortunate--you lose all,very sorry,—you go to England,-if you more fortunate there, you come back and pay,-but, that you no forget China-man friend, you take this, and when you look on this, you will remember SHAI-KING-Qua:'-In saying these words, he pulled out a valuable gold watch, and gave it to MR. ANDERSON.
MR. ANDERSON took leave of his friend ; but he did not live to retrieve his affairs or to return to China. When the account of his death, and of the distress in which he had left his family, reached Canton, the Chinese Merchant called on one of the gentlemen of the factory who was about to return to Europe, and addressed him in the following manner :-“ Poor MR. Anderson dead,-I very sorry,-he good man,-he friend,-and he leave two childs,—they poor,—they have nothing,- they childs of my friend, -you take this for them,-tell them China-man friend sent it,”— and he put into the gentleman's hand a sum of money for Mr. Anderson's children, amounting to several hundred pounds. [HULBERT's Museum Asianum, p. 84, 85.]
THE JUVENILE NATURALIST,
And now comes old December, chill and drear,
Whilst all things droop, as nature's death were near. “From the fall of the leaf, and withering of the herb, an unvarying death-like torpor oppresses almost the whole vegetable creation, and a considerable part of the animal, during this portion of the year. The whole race of insects, which filled every part of the summer-landscape with life and motion, are now either buried in profound sleep, or actually no longer exist, except in the unformed rudiments of a future progeny. Many of the birds and quadrupeds, as the frog, lizard, badger, hedgehog, &c., are retired to concealments, from which not even the calls of hunger can force them. The bat is found in caverns, barns, &c. suspended by the claws of its hind feet, and closely enveloped in the membranes of the fore feet. Dor-mice, squirrels, water-rats, and field-mice, provide a large stock of food for the winter season.
“ Rain and wind are now extremely prevalent; and as the frost seldom sets in till the latter end of the month, December may be reckoned the most unpleasant of the whole year. At other times, however, November is better entitled to this appellation, and December has occasionally put on a milder character.
" The evergreen trees with their beautiful cones, such as firs and pines, are now particularly observed and valued. In the warmer countries, where shade is more desirable, their worth and beauty are more regularly appreciated. The redbreast is still heard' to chant his cheerful strain,' and the sparruw chirps.
BRIEF ASTRONOMICAL NOTICES.
“ The oak, the beech, and the hornbeam, in part, retain their leaves, and the ash its keys. The common holly, with its scarlet berries, is now conspicuous, as is the pyracanthus with its bunches or wreaths of fiery berries on its dark green thorny sprays; and those dwarfs of the vegetable creation, mosses, and the liverwort, now attract our notice."
BRIEF ASTRONOMICAL NOTICES,
FOR DECEMBER, 1822. “The Moon rises, on the 1st, soon after seven at night: on the sixth, she rises in the morning. On the 15th, the crescent of the Moon is seen, at sun-set, near the horizon, in southwest-by-south. On the 19th, the Moon is on the meridian at thirty-five minutes past four in the afternoon. On the 23d, she is on the meridian at thirty-seven minutes past seven. Saturn is below her to the cast, and she will have passed him before her next appearance. On the 28th is Full Moon, at four minutes past six in the morning.
“ MERCURY is a morning star.
“VENUS is a morning star till the 24th, and after that time an evening star.
“ Mars is an evening star. He is about an hour and a half above the horizon after sun-set; and they who have a good horizon in south-west-by-south, will have the opportunity of noticing his passage under Herschel on the 2d, at the distance of three quarters of a degree.
“ JUPITER is on the meridian about eleven at night on the 5th, and half past nine on the 24th.
“SATURN is on the meridian at about half past nine at night on the 4th, and eight on the 23d.
LINES ON A YOUNG LADY, WHO WAS GONE TO VISIT A FOREIGN COUNTRY.
By H. S. BOYD, Esq.
Parent of Good, Eternal Source of Light,