This simple charm is especially useful for wizards travelling in regions where quality accommodation may be difficult to obtain. Immediately below me was the valley of the Nandhour river, with a hill, devoid of any cultivation, rising to a height of 9,000 feet on the far side. An approach along the drag was not advisable, so going down into the valley I made a wide detour, and approached the spot where I expected the kill to be from the other side of the ravine. My regret at having lost an opportunity of killing the man-eater was not endorsed by the assembled men. Reaching across the bed and waking with a start when his hand encountered cold linen rather than a warm sleeping body. I should now have been justified in walking straight up to the tree and looking on the far side of it, but remembering an old jungle saying, ' It is never safe to assume that a leopard is dead until it has been skinned ' , I set out to circle round the tree, intending to reduce the size of the circle until I could see right under the branches and along the whole length of the trunk.
Chapter 4 The teaching of the algebra in this time period, what classes in this time period express this today? He also talks about his controversial interest in sitting up in trees to watch tigers hunting--controversial, it seems, because he expects people will wonder why he isn't shooting them instead. A head-shot at a tiger is only justified in an emer- gency, and any movement on my part might have betrayed my presence. Her hold was torn from the branch she was letting herself down by, and, pulling her into the ravine, the tiger released her foot, and while she was struggling to rise caught her by the throat. About this Item: Oxford University Press, London, 1961. By evening the crop from five large fields had been gathered, leaving only two small patches close to the houses, which the Headman said he would have no difficulty in dealing with the next day.
A pot of tea drunk while sitting near a roaring fire did much to restore warmth to my inner and outer man, and then, accompanied by most of the men and all the boys of the village, I went to where a rock jutted out over the ravine and directly above my overnight exploit. A cub will eat whatever its mother provides, and I have even known of tiger cubs assisting their mothers to kill human beings: but I do not know of a single instance of a cub, after it had left the protection of its parent, or after that parent had been killed, taking to killing human beings. He is conflicted when he shoots one tiger that later turns out to be innocent. As a matter of fact I had heard nothing, possibly due to the scraping of my clothes on the rocks, and when questioned, the men said that what they had heard was a deep-throated growl from somewhere close at hand, but exactly from which direction the sound had come, they were unable to say. The Chowgarh Tigers 57 A very stiff climb of two miles brought us to the crest of the long ridge south of Dalkania and in view of the valley three miles below, where the ' kill ' was reported to have taken place. I knew the ground as well as she did, and while 86 Man-eaters of Kumaon she had no reason to suspect my intention towards her, I had the advantage of knowing, very clearly, her intentions towards me.
Remus had frowned and struggled not to laugh. The wound that has caused a particular tiger to take to man-eating might be the result of a carelessly fired shot and failure to follow up and recover the wounded animal, or be the result of the tiger having lost his temper when killing a porcupine. Flipping through the index he finds Nainital, the nearest town, and turns to page 139. This subject of post-mortems of human beings alleged to have been killed by either tigers or leopards or, in the plains, by wolves or hyenas, is of great imporfance, for, though xii Man-eaters of Kumaon I rfefrain from giving instances, I know of cases where deaths have wrongly been ascribed to carnivora. A little more patience and they would tell us if he was alive. The wheatfield, a few yards from the huts, where the tiger, with belly to ground, had been detected only just in time, stalking the three women cutting the crop, was eagerly pointed out to me. Tent-pegs are of little use in a field, so long stakes were hurried- ly procured and securely driven into the ground, and to these stakes the tent-ropes were tied.
These full-grown animals were of no use to me, but knowing that refusal to accept them would give offence, I thanked the old lady and assured her I would draw on her for bait as soon as I had used up the four young male buffaloes I had brought with me from Naini Tal. These people knew every foot of the ground for miles round, and could, if they wished, show me where I was most likely to find the tiger, or in any case, where I could see its pug marks. By evening I had reached the upper end of the valley, with- out having seen the tigers and without having received any indication from bird or animal of their presence in the jungle. The dwellers in our hills are predominantly Hindu, and as such cremate their dead. Address each of the items below and submit your worksheet electronically to the instructor prior to the class period the assignment is due.
We accord- ingly set off, I leading the way, followed by three men, the rear being brought up by two men each with a ghooral strapped to his back. Receiving no indication of the tiger's presence I went to the second tree, and sprayed the bushes to within a few yards of the semul tree, firing the last shot at the tree itself. His friends ranged from the highest in the government to the peasants he loved, and he brought them together in a way few have done. Sometimes the creature screams, sometimes it doesn't. Tonight, the jungle is patently devoid of screaming women and sick monkeys.
Fording the Nandhour river, we crossed several wide terraced fields, now gone out of cultivation for fear of the man-eater, and on reaching the foot of the hill started what proved to be a very atiff climb, through forest, to the grass slopes above. The kill, from which only a few pounds of flesh had been eaten, was now in full view. Jim Corbett's name is already a household word in Kumaon; I hope that as a result of this bodk it will get still wider fame. It is a popular belief that man-eaters do not eat the head, hands, and feet of the human victims. The book has never paled, never dated, and I have never forgotten its significance or the astonishing, gentle man who wrote it.
Major Corbett's company some part of such holidays as I have contrived to take during my time in India, I can with confidence write of him that no man with whom I have hunted in any continent better understands the signs of the jungle. There were by now some twenty of these birds on the tree and their number was being added to by new arrivals, and as the accom- modation on the upper branches was limited there was much flapping of wings and quarrelling. Pivoting to the right on my heels, I had just got the rifle to my shoulder when the leopard burst through the intervening bushes and sprang at us. In this area the tigress could not have approached without my seeing her; and as she had approached, there was only one place where she could now be, and that was behind and immediately below me. Chapter 1 is the story of Corbett's first man-eater kill, the Champawat Man-Eater, Chapter 2 introduces Robin and their first hunts together, and Chapter 3 tells the story of the Chowgarh tigers and the hunt. Beyond the rocks a hairpin bend carried the track to the left, and a hundred yards further on, another sharp bend took it down to its junction with the forest road. There is a black graphic on the front board.