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ing her again dart across the path, ready to start at us, if the wounds in her and run into the water, through the loins had not disabled her. As it was Nulla, for some yards ; at which mo- now mercy to fire, and put an end to ment our elephant became refractory; her sufferings, I took a steady aim, and kept wheeling about, and was so un- shot her right through the head ; she steady, as to make it impossible for us fell dead at once, and it was found, on to fire. However, we followed her up going up to her, that the ball had comto the thicket, in which she had taken pletely carried away her lower jaw. shelter, and put the elephant's head Her body was dragged up the bank, right into it; when we had the satisfac- and Frazer pronounced her to be not tion to hear her growling close to us. two years old. Just as we were expecting her charge We now learnt, that the shot which every minute, and had prepared our we had beard, when down below, was musquets ready to point at her, round occasioned by the lioness baving made wheeled the elephant again, and be- a spring at a poor man, who stood pacame perfectly unmanageable.
pic-struck, unable to discharge his piece, During the scuffle between the ele- or to run away. She had thrown bim phant and the Mahout, we heard the dowo, and got him completely under cry, that the lioness was again running her, and his turban into her mouth. dowo the bank, and a gun went off. The elephants all disınayed bad turned She again crossed the Nulla, and we back, when Mr. Wilder, seeing the imsaw the partridges start up from a thick- minent danger of tbe moment, fired at et into which she had penetrated. Just the lioness, and grazed her side. She as we got our elephant to go well in, she immediately left her hold, ran back inran back again, and couched under a to the jungle, and across the canal, thicket, on our left hand bank, near to where we first perceived her. This which she had originally been started. grand sight we lost, by being stationAll this happened in the space of a short ed in the bed below ; it was said to minute. Frazer then called to us to have been very fine; but then we had, come round the bush, as the lioness be- instead of it, several views of this poing in a line between him and us, we ble animal, in full vigour ; and with the hindered bim from firing. Just as we sight of an hyena, which also ran acros3 got out of his reach, he fired; and as the Nulla. soon as our elephant stopped, I did the We then proceeded on the road to same; both shots took effect, for the Pannuput, on our elephants, five miles poor lioness stirred not from the spot, to which is a pretty village. but lay and growled, in rather a more Here I got into my palankeen ; Wilder mellow or bollow tone than that of a returned to Dehlee ; and William iger. All our guns were loaded with Frazer and Mr. Bartop mounted their slugs, and after a few discharges, poor horses, and rode on as hard as they lioness tried to sally from her covert, could. I changed bearers at Seerhana, and rolled over and over into the bed of twelve miles, and arrived at Pannuput, the capal below. Her loins were evi- eleven further, at midnight. The gendently all cut to pieces, and her bind tlemen had arrived there about sud-set. parts trailed after her. This was lucky After a little bit of dinner, I was glad for us, as her fore parts appeared to be to go to bed. Next day, the gentlemen strong and unhurt. She reared herself told me, they had crossed again Firoze's upon her fore legs, and cast towards us canal, which appeared very tigerish; a look that bespoke revenge, complaint, but that part of it, near Paanuput, was and dignity, which I thought to be the finest corn country they ever saw, quite affecting ; perhaps, however, it and doubly delightful after the fatiguing was the old prejudice in favour of lions, and dreary wastes we had been in for that made me fancy this, as well as that the last six days. Pappuput plains there was an infinite degree of spirit and were, in 1761, (1174 of the Hegira), dignity in her attitude; her head half the scene of one of the greatest battles averted from us, was turned back, as if ever fought, between the united Mus
selman powers of India and the Mab- one) and town highly picturesque. rattas, in wbich the latter were defeated; William Frazer drove me to Brusut, fifty thousand Mahrattas are said to in his buggy, on the morning of the bave been killed, and the battle lasted 241h ; and from the plains of Pannuthree days. No traces of the field of put I first bebeld, with an old Highbattle are left, the whole plain being in land play-fellow, the snowy mountains the bighest state of cultivation. It of Thibet, instead of the much-loved is a beautiful scene, scattered with fine summit of Ben Nevis. trees, and the fort (a common brick
THE SHEPHERD'S CALENDAR.
BY THEETTRICK SH EPRERD.'*
From Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine. * That night a child might understand
cumbrances of snow and ice with which The Deil had business on his hand.”
I was loaded. One slit up the sewing O N reaching home, I found our wo- of my frozen plaid, another brushed the
men folk sitting in woful pligbt. It icicles from my locks,and a third unloosis well known how wonderfully acute ed my clotted snow boots; we all arthey generally are, either at raising up rived 'within a few minutes of each imagiosiy evils, or magnifying those other, and all shared the same kind offithat exist; and our's had made out a ces, and heard the same inquiries, and theory so fraught with misery and long string of perplexities narrated; distress, that the poor things were even our dogs shared of their caresses quite overwhelmed with grief. “ There and ready assistance in ridding them of were done of us ever to see the house the frozen snow, and the dear consistagain in life. There was no possibili- ent creatures were six times bappier ty of the thing happening, all circum- than if no storm or danger had existed. stances considered. There was not a Let no one suppose that, even amid sheep in the country to be saved, nor toils and perils, the shepherd's life is a single shepherd left alive--nothing destitute of enjoyment. but women and there they were left, Borthwick bad found his way home three poor helpless creatures, and the without losing his aim in the least. I men lying dead out among the snow,and had deviated but little, save that I lost none to bring them home. Lord help the river, and remained a short time in them, what was to become of them!” the country of the fairies; but the other They perfectly agreed in all this ; two bad a hard struggle for life. They there was no dissenting voice; and went off, as I said tormerly, in search their prospects still continuing to of seventeen scores of my flock that bad darken with the fall of night, they had been left in a place not far from the Do other resource left them, long be- house, but being unable to find one of fore my arrival, but to lift up their them,in searching for these they lost themvoices and weep. The group consist- selves, while it was yet early in the aftered of a young lady, our master's niece, noon. They supposed that they had gone and two servant girls, all of the same by the house very near to it, for they age, and beautiful as three spring days, bad toiled till dark among deep snow in every one of which are mild and sweet, the burn below; and if Jobn Burnet, a but differ only a little in brightness. neighbouring shepherd, had not heard No sooner had I entered, than every them calling, and found and conducted tongue and every hand was put in mo- them, it would have stood bard with tion, the former to pour forth queries them indeed, for none of us would have faster than six tongues of men could looked for them in that direction. They answer them with any degree of precis- were both very much exhausted, and ion, and the latter to rid me of the in- the goodman could not speak above his C ATHENEUM VOL. 6.
breath that night.
* Ser Ath. dol. 5, p. 485.
Next morning the sky was clear, but seemed to have comprebended somea cold intemperate wind still blew from thing of our perplexity, for we observed the north. The face of the country him plying and scraping in the snow was entirely altered. The form of eve- with great violence and always looking ry hill was changed, and new over bis shoulder to us. On going to the tains leaned over every valley. All spot, we found that he had marked straight traces of burns, rivers, and lakes, were above a sheep. From that he few to obliterated, for the frost had been com- another, and so on to another, as fast mensurate with the storm, and such as as we could dig them out, and ten had never beep witnessed in Scotland. times faster, for he sometimes bad Some registers that I have seen, place 20 or 30 holes marked before hand. this storm on the 24th of December, a We got out three hundred of that month too early, but that day was one division before night, and about half as of the finest winter days I ever saw. as many on the other parts of the farm,
There having been 3-10 of my flock in addition to those we had rescued the that had never been found at all during day before; and the greater part of the preceding day, as soon as the morn- these would have been lost bad it not ing dawned we set all out to look after been for the voluntary exertions of them. It was a hideous looking scene Sparkie. Before the snow went away —no one could cast bis eyes around (which lay only eight days) we had got him and entertain any conception of every sheep on the farm out, either sheep being saved. It was one pic- dead or alive, except four; and that ture of desolation. There is a deep these were not found was not Sparkie's glen lies between Blackhouse and Dry- blame, for though they were buried behope, called the Hawkshaw Cleuch, low a mountain of snow at least fifty which is full of trees. There was not feet deep, he had again and again markthe top of one of them to be seen. This ed on the top of it above them. The may convey some idea how the coun- sheep were all living when we found try looked; and no one can suspect them, but those that were buried in the that I would state circumstances other- snow to a certain depth, being I suppose wise than they were, when there is so in a warm, half suffocated state, though many living that could confute me. on being taken out they bounded away
When we came to the ground where like roes, yet the sudden change of atthese sheep should have been, there mosphere instantly paralized them, and was not one of them above the snow. they fell down deprived of all power in Here and there, at a great distance from their limbs. We had great numbers of Cach other, we could perceive the head these to carry home and feed with the or horns, of stragglers appearing, and hand, but others that were very deep these were easily got out; but when we buried, died outright in a few minutes. had collected these few, we could find We did not bowever, lose above sixty no more. They had been lying all in all, but I ain certain Sparkie saved us abroad in a scattered state when the at least two hundred. storm came on, and were covered over We were for several days utterly ige just as they had been lying. It was on norant how affairs stood with the couna kind of slanting ground, that lay half try around us, all communication bebeneath the wind, and the snow was tween farms being cut off, at least all uniformly from six to eight feet deep. communication with such a wild place Under this the hogs were lying scatter- as that in which I lived; but John ed over at least 100 acres of beathery Burnet, a neighbouring shepherd on ground. It was a very ill looking con- another farm, was remarkably good at
We went about boring with our picking up the rumours that were afloat long poles and often did not find one hog in the country, wbich be delighted to in a quarter of an hour. But at length circulate without abatement. Many a white shaggy colley, named Sparkie, people tell their stories by halves, and that belonged to the cow-herd boy, in a manner so cold and indifferent, that
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19 the purport can scarcely be discerned, safer restorative in the fields. There is and if it is, cannot be believed; but no denying, that there were some who that was not the case with Jobn; he took a glass of spirits that night that gave them with interest, and we were never spoke another word, even though very much indebted to him for the in- they were continuing to walk and contelligence that we daily received that verse when their friends found them. week; for no sooner was the first brunt On the other hand, there was of the tempest got over, than Joho woman wbo left her children, and folmade a point of going off at a tangent lowed her husband's dog, who brought every day, to learn and bring us word her to his master lying in a state of inwbat was going on.
The accounts sensibility. He had fallen down barewere most dismal; the country was a
among the snow, and was all charnel-house. The first day be brought covered over, save one corner of his us tidings of the loss of thousands of plaid. She had nothing better to take sheep, and likewise of the death of Rob- with her, when she set out, than a bottle ért Armstrong, a neighbour shepherd, of sweet milk and a little oatmeal cake, one whom we all well knew, he having and yet, with the help of these, she so but lately left the Blackhouse to herd far recruited bis spirits as to get him on another farm. He died not above safe home, though not without long and three hundred paces from a farm-house, active perseverance. She took two litwbile at the same time it was known to tle vials with her, and in these she heatthem all that he was there. His com- ed the milk in her bosom.
That man panion left him at a dike-side, and went would not be disposed to laugh at the in to procure assistance; yet, nigh as it silliness of the fair ses for some time. was, they could not reach him, though It is perfectly unaccountable how they attempted it again and again; and easily people died that night. The at length they were obliged to return, frost must certainly have been prodiand suffer him to perish at the side of gious; so intense as to have seized mothe dike. There were three of my own mentarily on the vitals of those that intimate acquaintances perished that overheated themselves by wading and night. There was another shepherd toiling too impatiently among the snow, named Watt, the circumstances of a thing that is very aptly done. I have whose death were peculiarly affecting. conversed with five or six that were He had been to see bis sweetheart on carried home in a state of insensibility the night before, with whom he had fi- that night, who never would again nally agreed and settled every thing have moved from the spot where they about ther marriage; but it so happen lay, and were only brought to life by ed, in the inscrutable awards of Provi- rubbing and warm applications; and dence, that at the very time when the they uniformly declared that they felt bands of his marriage were proclaimed no kind of pain or debility,or farther than in the church of Moffat, his compan- an irresistible desire to sleep.. Many ions were carrying him home a corpse fell down while walking and speaking, from the bill.
in a sleep so sound as to resemble torIt may not be amiss here to remark, pidity; and there is little doubt that that it was a received opinion all over those who perished slept away in the the country, that sundry lives were lost, same manner. I knew a man well whose and a great many more endangered, by name was Andrew Murray, that perthe administering of ardent spirits to the ished in the snow on Minchmoor; and sufferers while in a state of exhaustion. he had taken it so deliberately, that he It was a practice against which I enter- had buttoned his coat and folded his ed my vebement protest, nevertheless plaid, which he bad laid beneath his the voice of the multitude should never head for a bolster, be disregarded. A little bread and But it is now time to return to my sweet milk, or even a little bread and notable literary society. In spite of the cold water, it was said, proved a much hideous appearances that presented
mony to it,
themselves, the fellows actually met, all if it had not been for the advice of the save myself, in that solitary shieling late worthy and judicious Mr. Brydeo before mentioned. It is easy to con- of Crosslee. The first intimation that ceive how they were confounded and I bad of it was from my friend John taken by surprise, when the storm Burnet, who gave it me with his accusburst forth on them in the middle of the tomed energy and fill assurance.
He night, while they were in the heat of came over one evening, and I saw by sublime disputation. There can be his face he had some great news.
I little doubt that there was part of loss think I remember, as I well may, every sustained in their respective flocks, by word that past between us on the subreason of that meeting; but this was ject. nothing, compared with the obloquy to “ Weel chap,” said he to me, which they were subjected on another hae fund out what has been the cause of account, and one which will scarcely be a' this mischief now.” believed, even though the most part of “What do you mean, John ?" the members be yet alive to bear testi- “What do I mean ?-It seems that
a great squad o' birkies that ye are conThe storm was altogether an unusual neckit wi', had met that night at the convulsion of oature. Nothing like it herd's house o' Everphaup, an' had had ever been seen or heard of among raised the deil amang
them." us before ; and it was enough of itself Every countenance in the kitchen to arouse every spark of superstition changed; the women gazed at John, that lingered among these mountains, and then at me, and their lips grew It did so.
It was universally viewed white. These kind of feelings are inas a judgment sent by God for the pun- fectious, people inay say wbat they will; ishment of some heinous offence, but fear begets fear as naturally as light what that offence was, could not for a springs from reflection. I reasoned while be ascertained; but when it came stoutly at first against the veracity of out, that so many men had been assem- the report, observing that it was utter bled in a lone unfrequented place, and absurdity, and a shame and disgrace for busily engaged in some mysterious work the country to cherish such a ridiculous at the very instant that the blast came lie. on, no doubts were entertained that all.
said John, “It's nae lie; had not been right there, and that some they had him up amang them like a. horrible rite, or correspondence with the great rough dog at the very time that powers of darkness, had been going on. ihe tempest began, and were glad to It so happened, too, that this shieling draw cuts, and gie him ane o' their of Entertrony was situated in the very number to get quit o' him again. vortex of the storm; the devastations Lord, how every hair of my head, and made by it, extended all around that to inch of my frame crept at hearing this a certain extent, and no farther on any sentence; for I had a dearly loved one quarter than another. This was brother who was of the number, several casily and soon remarked; and, upon full cousins and intimate acquaintances; the whole, the first view of the matter indeed, I looked upon the whole frahad rather an equivocal appearance to ternity as my brethren, and considered those around who had suffered so se. myself involved in all their transactions. verely by it.
I could say no more in defence of the But still as the rumour grew, the cer- society's proceedings; for, to tell the tainty of the event gained ground-new truth, though I am ashamed to acknowlcorroborative circumstances were eve- edge it, I suspected that the allegation ry day divulged, till the whole might be too true. district was in an uproar, and seve- “Iļas the deil actually ta'en awa ane ral of the members began to meditato o'them bodily ?" şaid Jean. “Ile has a speedy retreat from the country; that,” returned John, “an' it's thought Come of them, I know, would have fled, the skaith wadna hae been grit, had he