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Stories Told By Hunters

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"Jliero are few more thrilling sights," said ons of the veteran sportsmen at the campfire, "than an elephant fig-ht. I don't mean a fight with an elephant, though that may be pretty thril ]- ing to you, if yon wcrand tlie brute without disabling him and he gets after you in the. open. Hut I mean a fight between elephants." "I didn't know they ever foug-ht," interrupted the novice in the jungle. "You woulrt know it if yon ever Baw two 'tuskers' fairly at it," was the reply. "They dont often do it, but when they do it is a battle to death. One day, up in the hill country, 1 saw such oac. aey were hard at ït when I came in sight. They were on the hil] One of thora, a burly Btout-bnilt heust, with sliert, powerful tasks, was eviimieh the worsi of the image, and the white and red furrows in his sides plainly tndicated seams made by his antagonista tusks. Ulood was trioklinf? down tis head and Bhoulders. On the rise of the hülwaa his enemy, a stil] larger animal, possessinthe advantage of longer tnsks. Itwas a tosí ight ín a few minutes the victor, with a qnick rush at the other made a godd thrust at the side. There was a se veré strogele, but the tnsk went its full length into the now beaten brute, and nsing all his weight the ietor pressed him down the liill, where they diseng-ag-ed themselvcs and prepared for another bout. The wounded tusker's roars of pain wcre pitiíul to hear. He turned tail and sought safety in flight. But the other kept close behind him and gave him thrnst after thrust, but not in any vital part. Pretty soon they wheeled around, raced, and carne together with a mig-hty smash. This was about the only stand made, and the beaten brute was quiekly overpowered by the more powerful and fresher victor. The thrusts now put behind the shoulder and into the body quiekly disabled the poor brute, and in fact in a few minuUs the combat was over. The conqueror with one rush completely rolled his enemy over, and by repeated thrusts into the prostrate form finished the fight amid moanings and trumpetings. "I got some men and went out next morning to look for the body and get the tusks. We found a big herd of elephants in an excited state almost on the spot where the finish had occurred. In it were several small tuskers, besides the big eonqueror of the evening bef ore, who seemed to instil a great deal of fear into the youngsters. líe carne out into the open glade with a fine youngfemale, and as he approaehed there was a general stampede out of his way. We came on the dead beast, which had been butted and rolled after it was killed into a clump of bamboos. It had been a fine, burly animal, but was marked from forehead to rear and top to foot by rips and cuts. He measured mne leet slx inches at the shoulder, and the tusks proved slightly over one hundred pounds the pair. The vietor, which in the fig-ht appeared to tower over his foe, must have been quite ten feet high, and had the longest tusks I have ever seen elear of their sockets. I tried to g-et him, but what with liis harem about him and the difficulty of a elear view in the gTass I f ailed to get a shot. " "I don't know, thuugh." S;üd an old hunter, who had boen in África, "but that I would rather take mv chances with an elephant than with a real mad bufïalo. ïhere is no more savage bruto, and none more indornitable and persistent in hls wrath. lt is not that they are swifter or strong-er or that their horns are a more deadly weapon. But they display pertinaeity of spite whlch makes them exceedingly formidable. Let a lioii miss his first and he will turn away- unless ravenously hungry- in disappointment and disgust from his intended victim. Let a rhinoceros be wounded, and, unless hemrned in by focs, he will make for the water. Uut the wounded buffalo sticks to his enemy, and lias been known to watch' under a tree for days in the hope of securinn- his revenga upon the hunterwho had climbed it to escape his fury. The natives have a special plan of their own for oapturing them. They used to select the special buil they wanted to kill and entice or drive it from its íons. i wo or three of them would eng-age the animal's attention in front, nimbly to one side to avoid his furious charg-es, while another hunter took the risky job of up behind and the beast. They were generally successful, but many lives were lost every year in buffalo hunting-, and the nativos themselvea oonsider it the most dangerous ped in the f orest. "-


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