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A CURIOUS STORY.

(From the Daily Telegraph,) In his eminently interesting work, entitled, “ Jungle Life in India,” Mr. Ball has adduced good reasons for believing that the old classical story of the rearing of Romulus and Remus by the she-wolf may be founded on fact. This author cites the case of two lads in an orphanage at Sekandra, near Agru, who had been discovered among wolves, and in many ways shared the habits of these animals. One of his stories is supported by a letter from Professor Max Muller. It says : “ A trooper, sent by the Governor of Chandaur to demand payment of some revenue, was passing along the banka of the river, about noon, when he saw a large female wolf leave her den, followed by three whelps and a little boy. The boy went on all-fours, and when he tried to .catch him he ran as fast as the whelps, and kept up with the old one. They all entered the den, but were dug out by the people with pickaxes, and the boy was secured. He struggled hard to rush into every hole and den they came near. He became alarmed when he saw a grown-up person, but tried to fly at children and bite them. He rejected cooked meat with disgust, but delighted, in raw flesh and bones, putting them under his paws like a dog. They tried to make him speak, but CAuM get nothing from him but. an angry growl ox snarl.” Another instance is, quoted as having occurred at Clmpra. A Hindoo father and mother went out to cut their crop in March, 1843. The woman had with her a little boy, who

lately had;, been severely burned on the left knee.'. While the parents were-at work the child was carried off by a wolf. Some years afterwards a wolf with three cubs was seen about ten miles from Chudra, followed by a boy. The boy, after much resistance, was caught, and recognised by the mark of the burn on the left knee. He could eat nothing but raw flesh, and could never be brought to speak. He used to mutter and snarl, but never articulated distinctly. The pans of his knees and points of his elbows had become homey from going on allfours with the wolves. In November, 1850, this boy escaped again, and disappeared into the jungle. Thus the “ she wolf’s litter” of Macaulay’s “ Lays of Ancient Rome,” may have been, after all, no myth. '

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A CURIOUS STORY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 134, 3 August 1880

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A CURIOUS STORY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 134, 3 August 1880

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