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father had asked me to go there and 666 Without doubt; but this is a try if I could get any information about very good place for camp.' his fate.
6.But we shall be nearer to the “Sultanpet lay half way up the game above; and if there's any young ascent to the Durg, which is an iso- grass, you know, it will be full of lated peak, flanked to the northward sambre
and bison in the early by frowning cliffs, looking most morning.' picturesque in the short May twilight, 56. It is true word.' with the mist-wreaths wrapped round
66. Well ? ' them like a girdle.
“The cooly people won't stay on the “ Shortly after sunset I heard the top.' sambre belling in the wooded ravine
***But why?' above me, and the sharp bark of the “I don't know, Maharaj; maybe jungle sheep almost from within a 'tis too cold.' stone's throw of my little tent, which Cold, what nonsense! You know was pitched outside the village; and that the Lambanies don't mind cold, I could see my Lambanies (who are
Do you want another great lovers of flesh) squatted on blanket? If so, go to the bazaar and their haunches by the edge of the buy one.' jungle, licking their chops, whilst “Oh, the sahib is always good ! they pounded some mess in a great I have blankets enough. I'll go wooden mortar.
wherever the sahib goes.' "That people,' said Murriana, who Then what's the matter with came up smiling to my tent door, ‘is those confounded coolies ?? very happy.'
“The place is bad, Maharaj. There Why so ?'
are shaitāns in that fort, they say. “Sambre,' replied he curtly. They They are a foolish folk !' are pounding curry stuff. They know Listen, Murriana. We'll go up that the sahib's luck is good.'
early, and we'll kill them a couple of "Is there good news of game, sambre, and you go and get hold of Murriana ?'
the arrack-seller. If that old kiladar "* Very good, Maharaj'
wasn't half drunk this evening I'll eat "66 What?!
the tent pole. We'll give the Lum"Listen, Maharaj. This side, sambre; banies and the Baders a feast, and that side, jungle sheep. Listen,' said they'll stop with us till all is blue.' he again, his dark eyes glistening as "It is a very good word, Maharaj,' he held up a finger. * That's cheetul said Murriana, grinning. 'I will try.' [spotted deer); he's frightened at “ Murriana and I started before the something No wonder—did you
false dawn, with two coolies carrying hear that ?-bagh !' (tiger), as a long- the
I left orders with my boy drawn sound, half-grunt, half-sigh, Barabbas, an energetic but perhaps came up the ravine over which the not entirely truthful domestic (though evening mists were stealing, answered a Christian, as may be gathered from from the opposite hill by a like but his name) to follow with the camp at hoarser roar. * Two,' said Murriana, day-break.
day-break. The winding path was holding up two fingers. "Surely the steep and breath-compelling, so that I sahib's luck is good.'
hadn't much attention to spare to the "How shall we get up to the top scenery, more especially as I felt that of the Durg, Murriana ?
I hadn't had enough sleep after the “Oh! There is a winding path. long march of the day before. Day Didn't the sahib see it as he came up had nearly broken before we reached the ghàt?'
the hill-top, for the pointers of the “Can the coolies bring the things southern cross had just gone
those well-cursed stars, you know
them, all of you, on the march, and fort. It was all in ruins; but the how the day won't break till they are western curtain was still standing and gone.
formed a good shelter from the “ It was a sight to see. I can see it weather, and there I was minded to now, through the mists of fifteen long pitch my tent. years, as if it were yesterday. The “ The view was wonderful. There day hadn't fairly broken, and the was no ditch to the west, indeed the valleys were still black as night, but strength of the place lay in the diffiall the mountain tops had caught a culty of the landward approach. The rosy stain, like that of the inside of a ground in front sloped away like a shell, a colour such as no painter on lawn for half a mile, and then fell earth could match. I've seen the sun sheer, and in all the ravines below rise often enough, worse luck! but the jungle clustered crisp and thick, I've never seen anything like the day- the tops of the trees only showing to break on those hills. I don't know the edge, whilst beyond them, mellowed if any of you chaps have ?”
by the distance, the plains lay simmer“No, Major,” said the doctor, ing in the summer haze, and beyond we haven't ; but 'twas seen and de- the plains the great mirror of the scribed long before your time, and by a glittering sea. blind man too. 'Pon me sowl, you're “Hallo! you chaps, you're not not blind—I wish you were sometimes. smoking. Well, I agree with you ;
it's time to turn in." *Ημος δ'ήριγένεια φανη ροδοδάκτυλος Ηώς,’
But here there was a general shout, says old Homer: When the rosy. “No! No! Major. Go on, we want fingered morning, daughter of the to hear about the ghost.” dawn, appeared.
“Ghost !” said he ; "I didn't say “ Did he now? It's none of your anything about a ghost. I never saw chaff, is it?"
a ghost in my life, I'm only telling “No," replied the doctor, “I can't you what happened.” chaff in Greek; I wish I could.”
“ All right," said the doctor, nudg“Ay," said the Major, “rosy- ing his neighbour. “He's on. Slip a fingered, that's just it ; touching the little more whisky into his tumbler hill-tops and dropping a little light on when he's not looking. That's the them, till peak after peak grows shtuff.” bright, and blushes in the morning. "Well, all right. I'll go on if you That was what I saw, and then the like, though there isn't much to tell. mist rolled back to the valleys; Barabbas and the coolies came up and Kalasa shone out close by ; Coodery pitched the tents, and half a dozen Mook (the horse-face], some Baders, with bows and arrows and thousand feet high, to the northward ; matchlocks, came with them, keen the Baba Boodens behind me; and in shikarries all of them, and good front the sea, dark by the shore, with trackers. We sent them out for the the plains and jungles of Canara for sambre, which they soon brought up many miles between, but on the hori- in triumph, and then they dressed zon catching a streak of light away them for a royal feast, reserving a from the shadow of the hills.
portion for the servants and me. “ Well, I didn't do much that "My khalāsī, Ghulām Hoosein, morning. I shot a couple of sambre wouldn't touch his share, as the beasts for the people ; there were a good many hadn't been properly halālled; 2 but about on the edges of the ravines, but 1 The slave of Hoosein, a common Mussulthey were rather shy and wanted man prenomen. stalking. We found fresh tracks of 2 Nade lawful by cutting their throat, and
repeating the words “Bismillah el rahyman bison, and marked the place for next
ul rahim" (in the name of God the merciful day, and then I went and viewed the and gracious).
he asked if we were going after bison "Perhaps they wanted more drink, next day, and said that one of his and ran down to the bazaar for it,' brethren would come up and show us said I. a sure find, and would come with us "Perhaps,' replied he doubtfully, to make certain that the last offices but he seemed thoughtful, and eviwere duly performed for the dead. I dently did not agree with me. told him he might come himself and "Well, never mind,' said I; do it if he chose, but that I didn't mustn't lose our whole morning lookwant any of his brethren, as I didn't ing for those fellows. Pick up the like the look of them, at which an guns,
and come on. evil-looking Mussulman, who
“So we started for the ravine where lurking behind the baggage, and we had found the bison track, and as whom I had not noticed before, made soon as day broke we were rewarded a gesture of contempt and spat upon by the sight of a magnificent solitary the ground. I thought it best to bull, feeding on the young grass, not pretend that I had not seen this more than two hundred yards away behaviour, though I was greatly from the edge of the jungle. minded to kick him.
“Come on, sahib,' said Murriana, “The Lumbanies pitched their tents 'we'll get round that hill, and into some distance away from the walls, in the jungle to the lee-side of him, and the direction of the landward gate, he'll feed right on to us.' and held high revel in the evening Good,' said I, and off we started. after I had served them out a tot of We got to the ravine in about ten arrack a-piece ; but the Baders took minutes, without any trouble, and their meat away, and could not be squatted behind the fallen trunk of a persuaded to pass the night on the
great tree. The path, beaten dowr. hill. Murriana slept under one of the through the long grass and marked wing-walls of my little tent, and by bison tracks without number, led Barabbas and the khalāsī in the cook
past our hiding place at a distance of ing tent close by. The night passed about twenty yards, and the great quietly. I slept the deep and sound- beast was feeding quietly, drawing less sleep of the weary, but Barabbas, nearer to us as he fed. I felt rather I suspect, had a drain at the arrack like a murderer in my ambush ; he bottle, and the slave likewise (pious looked such a grand harmless beast, Mussulman though he was), for Bar- that I thought it a real shame to abbas was late with my tea, and the kill him just for sport-not that it slave seemed more stupid than was his came into my head for a moment to wont;
but Murriana waked me as let him off. It looked, nevertheless, usual at four.
as if I had been reckoning my chick“The Lunibanies, when I sent for one ens before they were hatched, for of them to carry a spare gun, were not when he had grazed on to within one to be found. Their camp was stand- hundred and twenty yards of us, up ing, their cooking-pots and scanty went his nose into the air without a baggage were in their places, but not moment's warning, and instead of a man was to be seen, Murriana could bearing down on us, he went off at a not say what had become of them. tangent in a smart canter to another They were all there when we had ravine some five hundred yards away. turned in, as merry as crickets, talking “My pity now quickly turned to rage. in their peculiar patois, and singing I drew a bead, as well as I could at through their noses to the strumming that angle, behind his shoulder, and of a sitar. Murriana said he thought hit him, for he staggered but didn't he had heard some kind of a row in stop, and soon reached the shelter of the night, but he evidently knew no the friendly wood. more what had become of them than I. "Ah !' said Murriana. . It's that hill-people, whose mothers and grand- Ghulām halālled him in the orthodox mothers are quite unfit to conduct manner, and as the Lumbanies, being girls' schools, who are themselves Hindoos, professed themselves unable brothers-in-law of quantities of de- to eat beef however savage, I told graded people, whose aunts are never Ghulām to take as much as he wanted seen in decent society, who are, be- for himself and his brethren, and to sides, the children of owls, whose bring home the head and marrow-bones fathers' mouths are full of the stock- for me—for if any of you have never in-trade of sweepers ;' and so on, as eaten bisons' marrow-bones you have you can guess for yourselves, while he yet to learn to what a height of fairly danced with rage, and shook lusciousness marrow can ascend. I his fist at some of our poor Lumbanies, then continued my stalk, and shot who were coming gaily over the hill three stag sambre and a jungle sheep, to windward, little recking of the evil so that the village was amply supplied which they had done.
with meat for some days to come. “Come on, Murriana,' said I, let's “When I got back to camp I found take up the tracks. Ah! I knew I Barabbas sober, and breakfast ready, had hit him, here's blood.'
and after a good bathe in a beautiful “Oh, those animals have any little mountain stream, I had a quiet amount of blood,' replied he crossly. smoke, and a read, and then, I think * Ah! the Huzoor is right. 'Tis red I went to sleep. blood-froth. His life will go ! “Before dinner I had a long stroll Come on, Ghulām Hoosein. Is your over the hills, enjoying the cool air knife sharp?'
mightily. When I came back it was " • Yes,' replied the slave, grinning just dark, and I found Barab as and and feeling its edge with his thumb. Ghulām Hoosein hanging about the • Bismillah!'
tent door, with some dusky figures in “We followed the tracks easily the background. through the jungle, the footmarks, • • What does he want, Barabbas?' large as they were, looking strangely I asked. small for so great a beast, with the “He says the kiladar is not well toes pointed and in contact, like a in body, sar.' deer's
, and not spreading out like those Sorry to hear it. Tell him to of a domestic cow. Then we came to stop making a beast of himself with a bare stony hill, where we lost them. opium and arrack.' The blood marks had ceased for some “It is a true word, sar,' said Barlittle time before. Here the Lum- abbas, grinning banies joined us, with a Bader who was “He has no appetite, Huzoor,' said said to be a famous tracker, and Mur- the khalāsi, coming forward and riana, though he eyed them askance, salaaming. · His health is very was too good a shikari to make any bad.' unnecessary noise.
“That's likely enough. He has no 6.He's gone over the hill, no doubt,' appetite, that's the first symptom. said I. •Ask the Bader what's at the Next, he'll see snakes. He'd better other side ? But that crafty woods- look out. But what is it to me man pointing to a broken twig some whether that great pig has an appesix feet from
the ground, in the direc- tite or not? Or to you, Barabbas ?' tion of a little ravine to the right rear “That time master giving him the of the hill, and saying in Canarese, bison's marrow-bones, replied Bar• The water is there, your wisdom, abbas in English, then he getting trotted off confidently in that direc- well soonly. He too much fonding tion. Well, to make a long story for the marrow-bones.' short, we found the poor beast at bay, Tell him to go and be— He and I gave him the coup de grâce. can have as much meat as he likes to
take away; but I also“ too much fond- fight; I have no objection. And ing for marrow-bones." Go, wild beast, that's why those fools of Lumbanies to the khalāsī, who was going to
Most likely those blackspeak, “if not, you shall eat blows; guard Mussulmans have some games and the slave of Hoosein went off, up here, and want to frighten the followed by two or three grumbling Hindoos away lest they should kill and disreputable-looking vagabonds, all the beasts at this season.' whom I took to be Mussulmans from “They are a bad people, that Musthe village.
sulman people.” After dinner I sat for a long while "And that's why the Lumbanies smoking in front of my tent.
ran away?' a beautiful star-lit night and very
6. For that reason.' still, and I confess that the place, “Did they see anything?' with the ruins of the old fort, its "Mabaraj,' replied he solemnly, crumbling bastions and fallen curtain, they heard something. The place looked very lonely, so that I was not is not a good place. It will be better sorry when I saw Murriana coming to march to the Kooderee Mook. The round to talk to me.
people there are Jains-very good “"Well, Murriana,' said I to him, people.' 'we've come in for a good thing. «Nonsense, I'm going to stop here. There's lots of game here, and no If you're afraid you'd better go after mistake.'
the Lumbanies.' «« Yes,' said he slowly, but the “ As the sahib pleases. I stop sahib will not stop here. The mon
where the sahib stops.' soon will soon be on, and the sahib “I was rather cross at all this nonmust go to the Kooderee Mook in sense, and as I was sleepy to boot, time. It is a better place than this.' I wished Murriana good-night and • Why so ?'
turned in. I have always been a “ « This place has a bad name,' sound sleeper, thank God, and am whispered he, looking round with a still, as some of you know, and this sort of shudder.
night, what with the cool breeze, ". Why?' I asked.
* By the way, 'which made the unaccustomed blanket why did those Lumbanies run away pleasant, and the fatigue of my long last night, and are they going to stop stalk, I slept like the dead. About to-night?
half-past two or three o'clock, how“ No,' replied he, they are all ever, I was awakened by a hand gone.'
placed on my breast, and by the voice • But why?'
of Murriana whispering in no dubious “Shaitāns, Maharaj. What can I fright — Sahib, . wake! Listen tell ?'
listen !' “Shaitāns be blowed.
“I was drunk with sleep, and rolled seen them, Murriana?'
over lazily. 'Oh, Murriana, it isn't “No, Maharaj, not here.'
time yet,' said I. Look,' turning “Have you seen them anywhere to the tent-door, which hung open else ?'
towards the south. “See those stars ; “ • The sahib must not talk so, it day won't break till they've set. is not lucky; and the village people What do you mean? Go and be say that in this month, always, year hanged !' by year, the shaitāns or bootahs “Sahib, sahib, wake listen !' (Canarese for wood-demons] — what clutching me nervously. Listen to can I tell ?-come here to this fort.' that!' “ • And what do they do?'
“I sat up and listened, very cross. • They fight, Maharaj.'
The night was clear, a mellow star« Fight? All right. Let them lit night. I could see the tops of the No. 322.- VOL. LIV.