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A TIGER HUNT IN CALCUTTA.

On Monday, J.in. 6, tyro tigers belonging to the ex-King of Oudo, whose house is on the left bank of the Hooghlj', escaped from their cages, a keeper having incautiously left tho door of their cage open when clraning it. One was shortly after killed in tho King's grounds by a superintendent of police • the other swam across the river and landed near the ghat in tho Botanical Gardens. Shortly sifter landing he knocked down and mauled Mr Bierman, one of the European assistants. M> Scott and he had, after first seeing the tiger, gone into a house, but came out again lo look for the brute, their altenl ion being momentarily disturbed by the chattering of a monkey — on unusual sound in the Bo'anical Garden?. The brute seized his opportunity, nnd apringing past a native, who was in front of the two gentlemen, knocked down one j ho then immediately retired to his lay and remained" in tho gardens all day. Owing to tho presence of Stripes in the garden, \arious picnic parties had to return without' landing, though one ' party foolishly insisted on landing notwithstanding contrary orders, but was soon obliged to beat a retreat. Towards nightfall tli9 brute was heard giving tongue near the banjnn tree, and shortly before day breakifc .killed two bullocks in a smnll clearing a ehort distance to tho north of the tree. The bullocks were tied up in a shed j one it dragged' outside, and ate one hindquarter, tho other it left dead inside. Karly on Tuesday morning t,ome native shikaris were in the garden trying to stalk Stripes ; one of them, while peering into a small brake, was severely handled, and is not expeoted to reoover. During the day these Bhikariswero reinforced by some gentlemen from Calcutta ; but their efforts to get near Stripes wero unavailing, and they retired about.4 o'clook and left the grounds. In tho afternoon a machan was erected in the junglo to the north of tho gardens, near the scene of the kill, from the top of which the shikaris might have an opportunity of potting Stripes, should he return to the scene of his feast tho night, before To make matters doubly sure an awning was improvised on the roof of a sr;all |.uekahou->e not far from the kill, and a live bullock was secu-ely tied to a tree a fow yards distant from the house, within full

view of the -Bhikaria on the roof, some plantain trees being cut away to give better aim* A speculation had arieeu as to whether Stripes would prefer dead meat to live- in the course of tho ni^ht tho question was set at rest. „ Shortly after sis four gentlemen proceeded from Bishop's College to the scene of the kill, and pliicd themselves in positions for a good shot— two on the muchan, two on the top of the pucka-lum^ It was then discovered that shooting couid not be depended on without something to eat; one of the party immediately went off for materials for food and drink, and as he was returning with a chaukidar distinctly heard Stripes not far off. He hastened on with the food, which was soon despatched inside the pucka-house, tables and chairs beirg dispensed with. Posts were again taken up, acd coon after the brute, was a^ain heard giving tongue, as he was prowling about in search of food 5 this went on for about an hour, tho bullock near tho house showing evident signs of intense alarm, though perfectly silent. For half an hour after this the stillness of a clear moonlight night remained perfectly unbroken; all eves were on tho stretch, when suddenly, with a magnificent bound, a fine, full-grown tiger was oa tho bullock. Instantly a shot was fired, a? brule . d ° ü bled up, and the bullock bolted oft at full speed ; another shot was now fired, and Stnpes evidently received this too, for he sprang aside into tho jungle about twenty paces, moaned, and all wub still. The shikaris being uncertain whether Stripes was really dead determined to spend the rest of the night where they wero, it not being considered safo in the uncertain light of the moon to venture m search of him, beaters being at a discount. Soon after some chaukidars arrived with boaters, and passed dose to where Stripes was last seen 5 the men on the machan then came down and spent the rest of the night on the more comfortable roof of the pucka-house, belonging to a cowkeeper. As soon as it was light all hastened down to have a look, and there sure enough was Stripes, a magnificent animal, lying on his right Bide quite dead. One shot had caught him on the left shoulder, the other in the right flank. The honour of this kill rests with MrWace.of Howrah.— Calcutta Englishman.

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A TIGER HUNT IN CALCUTTA., Star, Issue 3479, 5 June 1879

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A TIGER HUNT IN CALCUTTA. Star, Issue 3479, 5 June 1879

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