By Jim Corbett
Jim Corbett used to be each inch a hero, whatever like a "sahib" Davy Crockett: professional within the methods of the jungle, fearless within the pursuit of man-eating titanic cats, and chiefly a crack shot. mentioned on a hill-station in north-west India, he killed his first leopard sooner than he was once 9 and went directly to in attaining a mythical recognition as a hunter. Corbett was once additionally an writer of significant renown. His books at the man-eating tigers he as soon as tracked usually are not in simple terms validated classics, yet have via themselves created virtually a separate literary style. guy Eaters of Kumaon is the easiest identified of Corbett's books, one that bargains ten interesting and spine-tingling stories of pursuing and capturing tigers within the Indian Himalayas in the course of the early years of this century. The tales additionally provide first-hand information regarding the unique flowers, fauna, and village lifestyles during this imprecise and treacherous sector of India, making it as attention-grabbing a travelogue because it is a compelling examine a bygone period of big-game looking.
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Though I had repeatedly seen the undergrowth moving I had not seen so much as a hair of her hide, and. a glance at the shadows climbing up the opposite hillside warned me it was time to retrace my steps if I was to reach the village before dark. The owner of the severed leg was a Hindu, and some of her would be needed for the cremation, so as I portion the passed pool I dug a hole in the bank and buried the leg where late it would be safe from the tigress, and could be found when wanted. My companion on the rock was very relieved to see me.
500 modified cordite rifle, sighted at sea level, shot high at this altitude, and when the tigress stopped dead I thought the bullet had gone over her back, and that she had pulled up on finding her retreat cut off; as a matter of fact I had hit her all right, but a little far back. Lowering her head, she half turned towards me, giving me a beautiful shot at the point of her shoulder at a range of less than thirty She flinched at this second shot but continued, with yards. her ears laid I sat with flat rifle and bared teeth, to stand her to shoulder trying to think ground, while it would be what me to do when she charged, for the rifle was empty and I had no more cartridges.
Had side-stepped Robin, and him now, he was nowhere to be seen. For the first time in all the years we had hunted together we had parted company in a tight corner, and he was now probably I when I looked down to the left to avoid crushing for way home, with very little chance of being many dangers that lay before him in the miles of jungle. Added to the natural dangers trying to find his able to avoid the intervening four he would have to face in a jungle with which, owing to its remoteness from home, he was not familiar, was the weak condition of his heart.