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bearing a long matchlock on his shoulder, start at once, without saying anything to emerge from the shadow of a clump of the others, and attack the tiger in his bamboos just opposite my tent, and, as he lair before he could become alarmed and was crossing towards the servants' quarters, move out of the neighbourhood. The old I recognized old Rustum Singh, who had man looked doubtful; but it is a point of been sent off in charge of the shikarees on honour with these hunters not to hold back the previous evening.
when a European leads, and he merely reRustum was a splendid specimen of plied:-“Where the Sahib goes Rustum will an old Punjaubee hunter. Nearly six feet follow.” So I turned into the tent to get my in height, broad shouldered, thin flanked, trusty double-barrelled “Purdy," and putting and as straight as a dart, with not an ounce my spirit-flask in my pocket, I joined Rusof superfluous flesh on his body. He moved tum without giving my enthusiasm time to about among our crowd of coolies like a cool. stately deer-hound in the midst of a pack of From further questioning, I learned that village curs. His breast was almost covered the tiger lay in an old lair in a dense patch of with medals given him by the East India jungle about five miles from the camp.
He Company as rewards for the destruction of had carried off a native child on the preferocious animals, and the old man wore ceding evening, and would not probably them with as much pride as a famous change his quarters for a day or two, unless general carries the trophies of his hard-won | alarmed. Rustum had tracked him into a battles.
thick clump of bushes in which he had no Anxious to get the earliest intelligence, I doubt his den was situated ; but had retired called to Rustum as he passed my tent, and quietly to avoid disturbing the beast.
I enquired if he had brought any news of the should tell you that these “man-eaters ” tiger. Placing the palms of his hands to- seldom remain more than a few days in the gether, and bowing almost to the ground, same place, but travel great distances, he replied, “Oh hokee, waukee cumfooselah chiefly by night, so that the first intimation shallabelah,” that is “My Lord, a ferocious the unfortunate villagers have of the pretiger which has long been the terror of the sence of these animals, is the disappearance surrounding villages, has been tracked to the of one or more of their friends or relatives. neighbouring jungle where he awaits the Following the shikaree, who led the way death-dealing bullets of your Highness." with smooth, rapid strides, we made our You see, my dear, Hindostanee is a very way through the long grass which fringed expressive language, and you can say a great the jungle to the eastward, and reached deal in a very few words.
nearly to our knees. Every now and again At this moment a brilliant idea flashed as we passed through the rank herbage, an across my mind. What if I should take ominous rustle, accompanied by an angry Rustum at once and kill the tiger, single- hiss, denoted the passage of some prowling handed ? The old shikaree and I were great snake which we had disturbed, and certainly friends, and I knew I could depend upon did not tend to re-animate my fast cooling tim to stand by me to the death ; and, al- courage. I now sincerely regretted the unthough I was quite conscious that it was no pleasant position into which my foolish imchild's play to encounter a tiger alone and petuosity had led me: but my pride would on foot, I thought of the triumph of return not allow me to draw back, and I followed ing successful in the morning, and became my guide with sullen determination. After excited beyond the bounds of discretion. I proceeding in this way for fully an hour, therefore proposed to Rustum that we should Rustum turned suddenly to the left, and
moved, with cautious steps, along a blind hib, to the left.” Gazing intently in the path which led directly into the thickest direction he had indicated, I could just see, part of the jungle. I now felt that we were about ten yards in advance, what appeared getting to close quarters. So taking a sup to be two dull balls of fire-which I at once
from my flask, I placed fresh caps on the concluded to be the eyes of the tiger. A nipples of my rifle, and braced myself up for restless movement of the animal and a low the encounter.
growl warned me that no time was to be Suddenly pausing at a turn in the path, lost. Rising gently to my knees—I slowly where an opening in the bushes denoted raised my rifle till the white patch I had the frequent passage of some heavy animal, taken the precaution to affix to the end of the shikaree whispered that we had reached the weapon, bore exactly between the two the lair of the tiger. Sinking on my hands fiery balls, and pulled the trigger ! A loud and knees and grasping my rifle firmly, I roar! a crash ! and then I was thrown viocrawled into the low opening, closely fol- lently on my back by the rush of some lowed by Rustum. My nerves have often large animal which went crashing away been severely tried and I believe are as through the jungle till the sound of its imgood as those of most sportsmen ; but, I petuous career was lost in the distance. confess, as I made my way cautiously along the low dark passage, I could feel my
heart “Well but, uncle," I said, "didn't you beating with very unusual rapidity and force kill the tiger after all ?” and I expected every moment to feel the “Why, the fact is, my dear," replied rush of the infuriated animal upon me. The uncle, “it wasn't a tiger at all ; and all I sudden transition from the bright moonlight killed was a remarkably fine porker whose without—to the darkness within-prevented mamma, the sow, had chosen that snuz me from seeing more than a few feet before retreat to bring up her young family. As me, and I crawled slowly on with a sort of to the claws—if you must know— I bought blind desperation.
them in the bazaar in Calcutta, and had We had groped on, as nearly as I can them made into a bracelet for my very in j'idge, some twenty yards, when I felt Rus- quisitive little niece." tu n's hand upon my shoulder and heard “Oh!" I said, and John, bursting into a hi n whisper in my ear : “ Look! look ! Sa-I loud laugh, cried “What a sell !"
I cannot forget the fearful day,
You charged by my side through raging shell !
Or your maddened face when you saw I fell
In a little pool from my wounded side,
bore me in your arms away-
And ever and always after then,
We clung together in march or fight,
Your heart was pure as your sword was bright.
We followed Stuart, and both are not ;
The men in the White House heard his shot.
Always ragged and often starved,
With jingling spurs on our naked feet,
His cumbered way on the last retreat !
Then parted forever the shattered band.
We left that land of weeping loud-
And together we came to our people dear.
The welcome we had right dearly cost :
And they all had prayed for us as lost.
Grieving for you, to the spirit land;
And, Dick—your going was near at hand !
And now you have gone-but I must stay,
With nothing of you but this pictured card -
The heart it covered is still. Oh ! hard,
When my name shall be placed on the muster roll,
And meet my spirit-oh! brother soul !
FROM THE GREAT LAKES TO THE SEA.
BY J. G. BOURINOT.
O fact illustrates more clearly the en- of the Dominion to see the importance of
terprise and energy of the leading these works in an intercolonial and national men of the Dominion than the large number point of view. The eastern provinces are of railways and other public undertakings, flanked by the Atlantic, while British Cothat are either in progress or in contempla- lumbia rests on the Pacific, and between tion, at the present time, in every province those two oceans lies a vast territory of of Canada. A considerable portion of the which the St. Lawrence and Mackenzie rivIntercolonial Railway will be completed in ers are the principal arteries. The Macthe course of the present summer, and the kenzie runs through an unknown wilderness tourist will be able, in the autumn, to travel and empties itself into the lonely waters of by rail from St. John to Halifax. The the Arctic regions. Perhaps, in the far fu" North Shore,” the “River du Loup and ture, it may have an important part to play Fredericton,” and the “St. Francis and Me in the development of the commerce of gantic" Railways are works which must give that now unknown North-west, but, at presa great stimulus to the commerce and in- ent, it is of no value to the people of Candustry of the province of Quebec. In On- ada. The St. Lawrence river, on the other tario there are numerous lines engaging pub- hand, is exercising and must always exercise lic attention and about to receive valuable an important influence upon the political, as assistance from the well-filled treasury of that well as commercial destinies of the comprovince. The Canadian Pacific Railway munities of the Confederation. It is already will probably be undertaken by a company the natural avenue of communication for of Canadian capitalists, in the course of the many millions of people, and one of the present year, which must always be memor- principal auxiliaries of the commercial enterable as dating the commencement of a new prise of America. It runs through a terriera in the history of commercial enterprise tory where the climate is bracing and healthy, and railway construction throughout the Do- and nature produces in great abundance. minion.
It bears to the ocean, after running a course But, among the public works necessary to of over 2,000 miles, the tribute of the Great the expansion of the commerce of Canada, Lakes, which have been calculated to connone occupy a higher or more important tain almost half the fresh water of the place than the canals which have been con- world, and not far from twelve thousand structed for the improvement of inland navig. cubic miles of fluid. Along the course of ation. These canals have already cost the its navigation there are communities not people over twenty millions of dollars ; but surpassed by any in energy, and all those every one admits that never was public qualities which make peoples great and prosmoney more wisely expended, and is pre- perous. Its natural beauties have long been pared to vote as much more to develop the theme of the admiration of European works so essential to the commercial pros- | travellers, from the days that Cartier and perity of the Confederation. It is only neces- Champlain first sailed on its waters, and sary to consider the topographical features gave France the right to claim the owner
ship of more than half the continent. It is italists of Canada. Constantly in difficulwhere nature has been most capricious, ties, they were always before Parliament sowhere falls and rapids awe the spectator by liciting provincial assistance; and at last their tumultuous rush, that we now see the wearied out by their importunities, and conevidences of modern enterprise ; where the scious of the importance of the project, the Indian in old times carried his canoe, we government decided that it was desirable now find splendid structures of masonry, il- for the public interests to purchase all the lustrating the progress of engineering skill, property and make the canal a public work. and the demands of commercial enterprise The whole expenditure by the government in a country whose total population in the on the canal, at the time they assumed conbegining of the century was hardly above a trol, was nearly two millions of dollars. It hundred thousand souls.
is interesting to notice that nearly all our It is not necessary that a person should canals were constructed in the first instance fall under the category of “the oldest in- in accordance with plans and reports made habitant,” to whom reference is so fre- by eminent engineers of the British service. quently made in newspaper paragraphs, in The Rideau canal was commenced and carorder to remember the different steps in the ried out under the direction of Colonel By, progress of canal development in this coun- who arrived in this country in 1826, and try. The oldest canal—the Lachine, only whose name was for many years given to the dates back as far as 1821, and between then present political capital of the Dominion. and 1840, were the Rideau, Ottawa and The St. Lawrence canals were enlarged in St. Lawrence canals, constructed and put pursuance of the recommendations of Colinto operation. It was not, indeed, until onel Philpotts who was instructed by the some time after the union between Quebec Earl of Dunham, to make up a report on and Ontario that measures were taken to the whole question of the canal system of enlarge the St. Lawrence and Welland ca- Canada. nals to their present capacity. The idea It would not be very interesting to follow, that first originated works like the Rideau step by step, the different stages in the imand Lachine was the necessity of giving ad- provement of the canals, and it will be suffiditional facilities for the transport of troops cient for our present purpose to give a few and supplies in the case of the outbreak of details exhibiting their dimensions. The hostilities between England and the United canal which connects Lake Superior with States. In the case of the Welland, how- Lake Huron is a work of large size, but it ever, commercial views predominated : for is owned by the people of the United States : sagacious men, of whom the late Mr. Mer
--and consequently it has long been among ritt was the leader, foresaw the rapid develop the aspirations of the inhabitants of Ontario ment of the magnificent country, of which to have internal communication of their own the St. Lawrence and Great Lakes are the in that part of the Dominion. The Canal natural outlet. The Welland canal is an Commissioners in their report recommend admirable illustration of the difficulties the construction of a canal on the Canada which the promoters of great projects have side, where every condition seems favourto contend against in the inception of such able, and there is no doubt that, before enterprises. The company which under many years pass by, the work will be in took its construction commenced on a very operation. At present, however, the first humble scale, and were a long while engaged, canal to which we have to refer is a work with very little success, in endeavouring to which has been of great benefit to Ontario enlist the support and sympathy of the cap- ' -in fact, the only work which has returned