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bottle of Exshaw and half-a-dozen yards at the railway stations, and sodas, and ordering the black chef thence are occasionally transferred to join him with his cooking uten- to the engine tenders.i sils, Tom and I dozed off in our “ This was exactly our chairs to be wakened at half-past As the fireman took up a log to eleven o'clock. At that hour pre- throw it into the furnace, down cisely we were aroused by the boy's dropped a lively cobra on to the monotonous “Sah! Sah l' and we foot-plate. It was not a very large were forthwith driven to the rail- specimen of spectacles,' about four

feet long; but a one-foot hooder is “We were soon off, and I found quite enough to grant a passport out at once that Tom was right to the stoutest man that ever hopabout the engine being the coolest ped, and to frank him to that place. The velocity of the engine country from whose bourn no tracreates a current of air which veller returns. So being four rapidly absorbs the abundant mois- human beings on that foot-plate, ture thrown out from one's pores and consequently somewhat crowdwhen the thermometer registers 90° ed, we skipped back with much at midnight.

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cheroots burning us had a stick, or the matter could fragrantly, we bowled along very speedily have been ended. As it chattily, and felt regretful that we was, all we could hope for was that had not a longer run before us. the reptile would glide off the Nothing worthy of notice had hap- engine, and drop on to the track. pened until the driver ordered his “But the creature showed no fireman to make up the furnace. inclination to go. Either it knew

“Sooramungalum being upwards the bý- law against leaving the of two hundred miles from the sea, train whilst in motion, or it liked coal or compressed patent fuel the fierce heat from the open furwould be too costly to burn in the nace.

It reared itself up, and in engines on account of the expense the hope of frightening it I made of bringing it from the coast; be a kick at it, taking care of course sides, coal perishes very rapidly not to let my foot go within strikunder a tropical sun. Therefore ing distance, as my light ducks the furnaces are constructed to would have been no protection burn wood, of which there is a fair against those awful fangs. supply available from the

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stration ; for the snake, so far all fuel is precious, and drivers from being intimidated, accepted must take the fat with the lean the menace as a casus belli, and —that is, roots as well as logs. advanced upon us.

“Now snakes very much affect “ We were besieged ! the hollow crevices of roots of old “The driver sprang out on one trees in India ; and thus they are side of the engine, holding on to frequently carried into the wood- the hand-rail which runs along the

1 I was once on board a ship lying in the Madras roads, which was taking in a quantity of red sanders-wood logs as dunnage. I was king to the captain in his. cabin when we were hastily summoned to see a snake which had been killed in the hold, as it dropped from a red-wood log. It was a tic polonga, the Daboia Russellii, a most venomous reptile. The captain told me he had known several instances of snakes being killed in ships discharging cargo in London.

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boiler; the fireman went up the my weather report to the company pile of logs behind him like a on my return to the bungalow; and mountain-cat; Tom vanished from as the doctor cleared his throat the scene on the opposite side of preparatory to speaking,' we all rothe engine to that the driver had mained silent and intently held our taken, calling to me to follow him. mouths. They were all as much at home “Gentlemen," began the doctor, skipping around on the engine in " though I could freeze the very the dark as squirrels on the top marrow in your bones by tales of branches of a beech-tree ; but to horrors which have occurred in my me the unfamiliar situation was professional career, the recollection perfectly bewildering, and being of them would be painful. I should partly fascinated by the loathsome prefer to take a page in the lighter thing, I was unable to suir, and my experiences of my life, and I will feet seemed rooted to the spot.

therefore tell

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about The cobra raised itself to strike! “I tried to jump off the engine,

“ PISCICULTURE UNDER DIFFIbut I could not move. I would have called out, but horror had tied my tongue. The next instant “From the earliest period I can I expected to receive the mortal recollect I was always fond of wound, when the fireman slipped water. as a source of amusement; down from the logs behind the and in later years the countless snake, seized it by the tail, and denizens of river, lake, and sea fung it bodily into the furnace. have afforded me subjects for most It was a relief to see that cobra interesting study. squirming in the fire.

“ Well do I remember a birth“Sunkery Droog signals were lay present from my father of a now in sight; and Tom and I were box of magnetic fish when I atsoon after enjoying a peg in the tained my fifth year, and the unstation. But before the train went ceasing cause of vexation which on there was a short interview be- those scientific toys proved to my tween that fireman: and myself; dear mother, who was sure, if I was and by the very broad grin on his left alone for five minutes, to have good-natured face, and the hearty bitter complaints laid before her * Salaam, Iyer !' with which he by the nurse that Master Harry brought both his palms to his fore- had made another hoffal mess with head, I judged he was well satis- them fishes,' and that the nursery fied. Certainly I was.

carpet was swimming.' We all expressed our satisfac- " Truth to say there must have tion and interest in the merchant's been secret joy in the maternal story; and when I went outside for mind when a playmate of mine a moment to see the state of the accidentally trod on the mimic weather, it was with regret I found fish, which thenceforward would the storm had so much

abated that gyrate spasmodically when placed our journeys might shortly be re- in water in basin, bath, or dish sumed with safety. We had settled (whichever I could first lay hands into a thoroughly sociable pleasant on); and instead of obeying, as party, and I was unwilling to break former faithful slaves, the order of it up until we had heard the doc- the magnet, would seek the bottom tor's tale. So I slightly modified as incontinently as though taking

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refuge from Phaethon's ill-guided mahseer, a considerable number of chariot. They found rest at last which survived the journey to in the water-butt; and my most Metapollium, where. I met the box carnest entreaties to have that myself. I was delighted to see useful fixture of the back - yard a number of strong healthy fry cmptied that I might recover my swimming about; and I looked lost treasures, were unavailing. forward to having in a few hours

“As I advanced in years my successfully introduced the Indian ardour in pursuing knowledge of salmon into the Neilgherry waters. all things relating to water-sports

“Elated with the fortunate redid not cool. On the contrary, no sult of my enterprise, I mounted sooner had I read anything theo- my tat and rode gaily up the retically, especially about angling, ghaut, dreaming of thanks from than I yearned to prove the sub. His Excellency the Governor in ject practically.

Council, and possibly the distinc“I found a capital tutor in a tion of C.S.I. in recognition of my man whose ostensible avocation in public service. life was rat - catching; but who, "I was agreeably surprised

now well convinced, found when the gang of coolies, bearing poaching a more reliable means of the box, came chanting into living. He taught me how to take Coonoor fully an hour before the jack with a horse-hair noose, and time I had reckoned they could how to jump boldiy into the middle possibly bring such a load up the of a stream to scare the trout into ghaut. Of course they wagged holes at the banks, whence they their heads, and patted their stomight be taken with the hands. machs after the manner of all In fact, I was up to every device coolies, chattering all the while for catching fish; and my break- with ape-like vivacity, the words fasts and suppers were mainly sup- sareium' and eenam? recurring with plied by my own skill in the stream marvellous frequency. which flowed hard by my father's “Pleased with the quick .jourhouse.

ney they had made up the ghaut, “In time, having entered the I parted with five rupees as a medical profession, I obtained an present; and as they disappeared appointment in India ; and on ar- into the bazaar I hastened to inriving out here I at once turned

spect my box. my attention to the fish of the “Horror ! every fish was dead, country, and their culture and floating belly uppermost on the propagation.

water. My delight on first coming to “ For some time the matter rethese hills was unbounded, as I mained a mystery to me. All I saw in the numerous streams a knew was that my money was practically unlimited opportunity thrown away, and the remainder for following my favourite study, of my stay on the hills was too and I resolved to populate every short to admit of the experiment river on the Neilgherries with being repeated even if I had had mahscor.

the heart to make it. At some expense I obtained Of course the coolies protested from Bombay a box of young their ignorance of any reason for the disaster, and I had perforce to down; but a splendid full moon accept their statement. The truth had risen, making travelling quite I learnt afterwards from a friend practicable and safe by her light; in the post-office. A tappal run- and one of the estate coolies could ner, bringing up the mails, over- show us a ford in the river. took my coolies, and saw them We therefore made our preparar deliberately pour every drop of tions for starting, and after drinkwater out of the box through the ing a deoch-an-doruis with our kind zinc ventilators, the lid being host, and begging him to visit locked of course. On reaching each of us on the earliest possible the head of the ghaut, the wretches occasion, we mounted our nags had refilled the box from the mine being lent to me by the hosstream just below the Coonoor pitable planter—and in an hour I bridge, and then jogged jauntily reached the hotel, where my mysin with their burden : and for terious absence had caused concarrying an empty case up the siderable anxiety. hill they received full pay and a I suffered slightly from rheumahandsome present, instead of the tism from the soaking I incurred kicking they richly deserved.” when lost on the hillside, and the

1 Sareium, arrack.

Eenam, present.

The storm by this time had long exposure in my wet clothes. entirely passed away, and, as fre- But I thought I had received some quently happens in the tropics, compensation in advance in the had been succeeded by a perfectly entertaining stories I heard in the clear sky. Night had settled planter's bungalow.

SO LONG AGO.

(ROUNDEL.)

So long ago the hours of joy took flight-
As roses wane when Autumn bids them go;
Love's sunshine passed to one dark dismal night

So long ago.
When Tyrant Time's grim scythe hath ceased to mow
May e'er again these long-lost hours dawn bright'
Shall Love renew his heart-songs faint and low?
And Faith be fain once more her lamp to light?
Ah, may this be? Alas! I do but know
They waned the sunlit hours of heart's delight
So long ago.

C. W. B.

VOL. OXLVI. - N0. DCCCLXXXVI.

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THE OLD SALOON.

The changing season is not more identifying ourself with the time distinctly apparent in any other honoured image of. Maga,' of all the sign than in that of the odd sprink- cheerful brethren who are taking ling of books which now appear their holiday. Where is the scene apon our library tables, scarcely in which they are not to be found ! showing in the solitude of the Old Not only on Highland loch and Saloon, which like other places brae, but in dark Africa and blazacquires about this period of the ing Burmah, and over all the year a subdued composure not like Indian plains : nor less certainly its usual dignified animation. A upon the snowy mountains, the little gentle waft of autumnal dust, Alps and the Fiords—the links which is within doors what the at home and the glaciers abroad, mist is without, softens the marble and wherever sport or pleasure outlines of those busts of our de- or health is to be had; which parted demigods that stand out is probably the case, let us add, under the dome, to whose number, not only with our contributors, by the way, a gentler image but with the still greater, and has been added, in the beautiful let us hope as cheerful, army bust of Lady Martin by Mr J. H. of our readers, whom August Foley, which gives a charm of scatters as by a strong wind to all novelty and living fame to the the airts. Good luck to your fishrecords of glory past. Few feet ing, your hunting, your climbing of passers-by disturb the echoes. even your flirting, our gentle The children of 'Maga' are busy friends! To ourself, always under with their preparations for moun- the shadow of 'Maga,' the silence is tain or river, whither they go as grateful. The thought of all you their great chief did in days of old. are doing to amuse and refresh Now and then a reverential tourist yourselves is pleasant to our heart. is shown in to look round those we sit at home and keep the nest sacred images; but on other occa- warm, and are proud to hear of sions the unusual silence deepens, your exploits. Our own romantic and everything reminds us that town is more impressive in its the Twelfth is approaching, that comparative abandonment than is the Courts are up, that the salmon the dusty desolation of Belgravia, are quivering in the golden-brown or the desert nooks of Mayfair. streams, and the young gro isechirp- The boom

of the one o'clock gun ing among the heather. Soon the from the Castle, midway between ping of the guns and the whirr of earth and heaven, keeps us in rethe rod will come to us in echoes collection of the progress of time, on the sunny air, which begins to and counts off our tranquil days. be sharp in the mornings, with a We look with indulgence at the endtouch of-call it not frost ! a brac- less succession of tweed suits and ing keen intimation that the dog- knickerbockers streaming north. days are over. There is something The tourist gazing about him at not unpleasant to the dweller at hill and hollow, inspires us with home in all these echoes from afar. that delightful sense of superiority We sit well pleased, and think with which is dear to humankind. We a certain maternal complacenco, as could tell him many things wiich

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