SCARCITY OF TIGERS
The "Bunhay G utte" attribute* Sir Samuel Bvkor's having bagged only six tigers during his late expedition m the central pvovinoe to the growing so-rolty of Mgeru. The fact la, It alleges, tigers ate dying out In the islands of the Brahmaputra some few years ago, there waie bo many that they constituted the ohlef population, and scarcely tolerated a villager among them. But the Improve* otient of the Dav'gUlon and the appear* ■noe of steamers on the river, and the fertility of the Islands, worked woe to the tlsjera. Ho many were shot that Blt Rivers Thomson «row alarmed at the out* icings for rewards, and reduced the head money from 50 rupees to twenty-five. The lowering of the reward In no way oheoked the destruction of the tigers; Indeed, it rather worked the other way. The villagers combined and engaged professional tiger-slayers ; and now on the <a'ands where OuOe the Bengal tiger was supreme he soarce!y ever presents himself to be shot or tr»pp«d
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