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A Lonely Trek After Gemsbuck and Lions
By Percy Selous
Wherever jlare made and sold and game is hunted fop the sake of the sport of it the name of
Selous is familiar The stones of his achievements circle the globe and tens of thousands of lesser
hunters fed honored lo have hunted with him on occasion or to have crossed his track or followed
1 his rail A confirmed nomad a soldier of the chase by irresistible predilection he has spent his
J life hunting tapping and traveling sometimes in the Canadian woods sometimes in the forests of
J the Andes sometimes in the passes of Central Asian mountains sometimes in the northern ten
4 sometimes in the African jungle and the story of his hunting experiences is a romance of fact and
adventure A member of this famous family of hunters is accompanying Theodore Roosevelt into
HID jangles of East Africa
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dozen miles during
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having outspanncd
I near the River Mo
lopo were busy
making a skein
a task always more
or less arduous for
walt a hlt thorns
ere not easy to manage though
they are Invaluable as material
Tho boys had gone down to tho
river to fetch water and I tak
ing a temporary rest was scanning
tho veldt with my glass I could make
out some springbuck also a few
hartebeeste but what riveted my at
tention was a small bunch of gems
buck In the far distance We did not
need meat and there did not appear to
be any bushmen just then about to
warrant any sheer destruction of
game but gemsbuck although fairly
plentiful away in the Interior of the
desert are hard enough to gel and to
see them was to want a head My
horse was In hard condition and had
had some stiffish gallops recently so
I saddled him up at once and deter
mined to give chase as soon as the
boysmy two Kaffirs returned
Telling them to get on with the skorm
I set out at a canter keeping well to
the right to get the advantage of the
wind Tho veldt was so open that
stalking would have been hopeless
whereas by tho aid of my horse as a
kind of blind I might possibly get a
shot before the gemsbuck took tho
alarm even though they might see us
so long as they did not catch my
alnt However I had to go more di
rectly towards them than I wished for
fear of stampeding the hartebeeste
Into them These latter took the
alarm and ambled leisurely away when
I had proceeded about half a mile
A Kill at 300 Yards c
Where tho gemsbuck were feeding
was much rockier ground than that
Intervening between my camp and
them this was all sandy veldt stud
ded with the everlasting anthills
which however got sparser as I
neared the game I thereforo slipped
off my horse getting him between my
self and them for another 100 yards
Tho Increasing anxiety of tho animals
i however warned me that If I wanted
to shorten my gallop by crippling one
i of them I must lose no more time
Accordingly I halted though the dis
tance must have been a good 300
yards and taking careful aim over my
horses withers at he one with the
longest pair of horns I fired The
horse stood like a rock and I knew
I my aim had been good even if the
t animal had not stumbled forward at
tho shot It quickly recovered
though and wont away with the other
four just as if nothing had happened
at a good pace heavy animals as they
were taking through and over the
rugged boulders as easily as chamois
I know however that the heavy army
bullet would tell its tale Instantly
on firing I had vaulted Into the saddle
I and followed In pursuit This was
more easily attempted than dono and
It my surefooted horse was not able to
negotiate the villainous country I
> therefore pulled up lest we should
break both our necks and as I did so
had the satisfaction of seeing the
t gemsbuck drop in Its tracks and re
I main there whilst Its companions
only seemed to scamper tho faster On
coming up I found her for it was a
s fine cow stone dead Tho blood was
only beginning to trickle from tho
wouiji and I had not noticed a spot
an3 wnere on the ground shehad gone
over On examination I found that
the bullet hail completely torn away
the apex of the heart and yet she had
galloped at least a hundred yards at
as great a speed as her companions
practically without bleeding a drop
another Instance ot the extreme vital
1 ity of such creatures which I have
found even still stronger in the Cer
vidae proper than in the antelopes
She had a prettily marked head with
a length of horns of three feet eight
Inches It was out of the question
thinking of bagging any of the rest of
the herd BO I threw the carcass across
my horse and started back to camp
A few days afterwards as I was
perched on the wagon box scraping
t at the skull of the gem sbuclc I hardly
paid any attention to a pair of secre
tary birds which were sailing right
overhead Their appearance however
suggested snakes and sure enough
there as I looked around among a
few odds and ends impervious to the
Irrepressible ants was a large puff ad
der It had crept through the fence
of thorns and In evident excitement
was surveying Its novel surroundings
r with body half raised I did not like
J the look of this particular reptile a
hit but I did not intend that ho
should escape and be in the Vicinity
though probably the secretarybirds
04 have seen to that neither did
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I want to spoil his beautiful skin
There was however not help for it
I could see no object around suffi
ciently Bandy so was constrained to
put a charge of small shot into him
and I felt more comfortable after he
had ceased wriggling
Menaced by Lions in Camp
One night I was awakened by the
dog barking and the uneasiness of
the oxen I grabbed my carbine hast
ily and endeavored to make out what
caused tho disturbance By the
meager light diffused by the new moon
I could Just distinguish the forms of
three large animals on the ridge above
the camp I could see that they were
lions and shook up already awaken
ing Kaffirs to make up the fire I
had half a mind to shoot hut thought
It safer not to do so the distance
being too great so I wailed until
morning and as tho flames began to
shoot up and brighten the surround
ings tho lions became less plain to
view I distinctly saw them how
ever move away over the ridge The
remainder of the night I sat up in
case of any emergency arising for
the animals kept snorting and shift
Ing restlessly whilst every now and
again came that rumbling roar once
hoard au naturel never to be forgot
I was conscious of some creature
prowling close around The roar of the
lions kept all tho while sounding more
and more distant and as dawn began
to break it ceased altogether As soon
as it was light enough to see to any
purpose I stepped out and as I did
so a large hyena jumped up from
some bones lying near by and made
off I fired at him and rolled him
over and before he could recover or
the dogs get up luckily got another
bullet into him this time right Jnto
tho head I fear he would have made
short work of the dogs for such a
pair of jaws would have cat them in
two at one snap A hyena is never
beautiful and this one was simply
hideous Just for curiositys sake I
went to where he had been feeding
on the remains of an eland cow
which I had driven to within 100
yards of the camp two days previous
ly and I found he had cracked up the
thigh bone just as if It had been
gristle
On examining the ground I discov
ered that the lions had not approached
any nearer than the ridge on which I
had seen them After having break
fasted I returned again with the dogs
and followed the spoor as far as the
sand lasted but when the ground be
came rockier I could no longer hold It
and the sun getting higher burnt up
all the scent so that the dogs could
make nothing of it and I therefore
reluctantly gave up further pursuit
Away to the east some antelope were
visible nearly against the bush belt
lining the river but as I had left my
glass In tho wagon I could not make
out just what they were I thought
I would try and get one however in
order to use itas a bait in a good
position considerably nearer the
wagon In hopes that the lion might
return and give mo a chance of a shot
under more favorable condltlons So
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I went back for my horse and leaving
the dogs behind set out towards the
herd which I had now made out to be
hartebeeste The shimmer of the heat
on the veldt Is the most trying to the
sight and often misleads oven the
experienced eye Objects assume
quite different aspects and coloring
It is a fact well known to hunters but
has no reference to mirage For
instance anyone would Imagine that
so brightlymarked an animal as the
zebra would always be discernible on
the sand that the black stripes would
he obvious Nothing of the sort It
Is at times almost impossible to dis
tinguish this animal at all even
though you know for certain it is
there so cunningly does all merge It
self Into a whole
A Lucky Shot
Noting the exact location of the
game I judged that by careful maneu
vering I might keep out of their line
of vision especially OR the wind was
in my favor By threading in and out
the clumps of thornsnot always an
oasy matter on horseback event
ually got to within a couple of hun
dred yards and by a lucky shot
bowled over one with a bullet through
the neck killing it Instantly and sav
ing my horse the stiff gallop I had
anticipated for these creatures are
as swift as any of the genus Throw
Ing the carcass just as it was without
opening across the saddle I took it to
a spot which would give me a chance
of a tolling shot If a lion should
make Its appearance But although L
watched the best part of the night
nothing came of my vigil the jackals
reaping tho benefit of all my careful
preparations The fact was as I sub
sequently found out that they were
lions in their prIm and it is not
often that such can be decoyed by a
carcass which they have not them
selves destroyed
Next morning I was of course about
looking for signs but could make
nothing out as to lions On going
down toward the river some half mile
from camp my attention was attract
ed by tho unusual conduct of a leop
ard lie was cutting all sorts of
capers at one time ploughing along
the ground with his head at another
rearing upright and tearing at his
throat with his fore paws All this
was curious It was also my opportun
ity and I lost no time In putting
couple of bullets into him the second
of which laid him out nicely without
giving mo the trouble which usually
falls to my lot when tackling these
great cats On proceeding to investi
gate the reason for such a strange
performance my wonder ceased
Having tackled a porcupine with more
gusto than discretion one of the lat
ters quills had got inserted underthe
root of tho leopards tongue and was
working deeper and deeper Tho tor
ture tho poor animal endured must
have been awful and I do not imagine
it could have survived No dead
porky appeared to be around BO
thanking him in his absence I took
tho beautiful spotted skin Next day
I was laid up with an attack i of fever
which kept me idle for some time My
two boys however attended assidu I
ously to my needs and in due course
I got about again The lions had dur
ing my sickness once more appeared
In the neighborhood and seemed to
hang around Indefinitely but there be
ing plenty of game about they did not
molest us in any way
Well I said that I got one of these
lions after all though ho took quite
a lot of getting escaping me alto
gether on one occasion I was not I
over strong bodily but was pretty I
much so In purpose and it annoyed
I me to hear tho roaring night after
night and not render an account of
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MEETING A LION WHILE AFTER GEMSBUCK
It then again our animals were get
ting almost beyond control from the
Incessant tension on their nerves
Strolling away towards the hills one
morning I came suddenly on a lion
lying ou a rock His muzzle was
stretched straight towards me be
tween his huge paws his body posi
tion and surroundings adapting them
selves so admirably to each other
that I was almost up to him before I
was aware of his proximity
LionHunting as a Fine Art
He was wide awake enough how
ever and the Instant he knew I had
seen him he started up and bounded
away giving me no time in my nerv
ous condition to get a good shot I
fired but as soon as I touched the
trigger I knew I had missed him
perhaps it was all the better for me
that I did soand the next moment
he was out of sight among the rgoks
Walking on a little farther I came
upon the halfconsumed carcass of a
hnrtebeeste evidently killed the night
before the trail by which the lion had
dragged it pointing towards the voldt
Here then was a chance too good to i
he lost better tlyin laying out hot
game though I confp < < I would just
as soon the spot nad been a little
nearer to the wagon which was in
fact more than a mile away But I
made tip my mind at oncoNlo take ad
vantage of this piece of luck and rOo
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turn at dusk and lie up Now my ex
perience goes to show that It Is far
too easy a matter to miss with a bul
let in uncertain light and that at
short rango buckshot is quite effective
enough with most game I therefore
made several little paper shells to fit
my tengauge gun and chambering
the buckshot nicely therein filled up
tho interstices with eland grease no
lion can withstand such a battery at
a fair range and your aim Is much
more likely to be accurate Of course
I took the carbine with ISO grain ball
and telling inyboysto stay bythm
wagonfor I could place no depend
ence upon either of them qn such ex
peditions evening found me duly
csconccd among the boulders this side
tho half eaten body at a distance of
about 20 paces and I looking directly
towards the route taken by tho lion
when I had previously disturbed
For a couple of hours I had waited
occasionally changing position to ease
the cramping of my limbs Every
thing comes to him whp waits and at
last over a rock beyond appeared the
lion gradually rising into full view
In the dim light he appeared mon
strous as he stood chest full on and
then as he gavo vent to a sonorous
roar which echoed and echoed from
rock to rock the effect was grand
and boyond any power of expression
It Is under such circumstances as
those that one sees tho lion at his
best Nighttime IB his day and in
tho sunlight he is more or less at a
disadvantage He must have stqod n
full minute like this a sore tempta
tion to me to fire and I believe I
Should have killed him stone dead bad
I done BO Having apparently satis
fied himself that things were all right
ho walked leisurely down to his prey
and again uttering a roar stood fac
ing me This time I did not hesitate
but pulling both barrels nearly simul
taneously put both charges Into hls
cheated the lion fell forward almost
without a sound
By pcrmlsHlon of Jon < ma 1 Green
Co New York
Copyright 1SW by BcnJ 13 Hampton
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A Soldiers Big Game Hunting
By LieutGen R S S BadenPowell F R G S
Through all the world the name nf Baden Powell soldier
and scientist is celebrated and but few people know that hd
has the abilily to shine by right of his pen and brush ax well
The hero of Mafelfing and a dozen oilier campaigns filled in
the gaps between military engagements with hunting and this
Sport in War contains somo dramatic adventures sprinkled
with bits of rare humor and caustic comment A most un
usual feature is the reckless way in which he hunted untH r
military arms instead of the customary weapons for big game
66 HAT kInd of sport did you
W have out there Is the
question with which men
have as a rule greeted one on
return from the campaign in Rhode
sia and one could truthfully say
We had excellent sport I am about
to tell of facing lions with a small
caliber military rifle an adventure to
thrill army sportsman
In the first place scouting played a
very prominent part in the prelimin
aries to major operations
This scouting to be successful ne
cessitated ones going with the very
slenderest escortfrequently with
ono man only to look after the horses
and for long distances away from our
main body into the districts occupied
by the enemy and by big game Thus
one was thrown entirely on ones own
resources with the stimulating knowl
edge that If he did not maintain a suf
ficient alertness of observation and
action he stood a very good chance
indeed not only of falling to gain in
formation which you wore desired to
seek but also of getting himself wiped
out and left In stress on tho veldt
Spooring or tracking was our
main source of guidance and informa
tion and night the cover under which
we were able to make our way about
the enemys country with Impunity
The pleasures of the pursuit of
game were all the more enhanced by
the knowledge that the meat was
really necessary to us and especially
by the fact that we often carried out
our sport at the risk of being our
selves the quarry of somo sneaking
band of rebel warriors
Dangers of Camping in the Lion
Country
Moreover to all our fun a seasoning
was added in the shape of lions whose
presence or propinquity was very fre
quently impressed upon us at nights
by deeptoned grunts or ghostly ap
paritions within the halo of our watch
fires In defiance of tho rules of war
which forbid the use of fires by
night as guiding an enemys night at
tack wo had a ring of bright fires
burning round our bivouac to scare
away the lions Frequently our son
tries fired upon them as they kept a
waiting watch prowling from point
to point outside our line of men
By day we saw them too One pa
trol indeed came upon a group of
nine lying dozing in the bush and
when the nine arose and yawned and
stretched their massive jaws and
limbs the patrol remembering the
old maxim concerning the relations
between discretion and valor
changed the course of their advance
and took another line
One time when I was patrolling
the bank of the Shangani river with
three men the massive form of a
lion was seen slowly moving over the
boulders of the riverbed The cor
poral and I jumped off our horses In
a moment and fired a volley a deux I
at about 180 yards One shot thudded
Into him the other striking the
ground just under his belly He
sprang with a light hound over a
rock and disappeared from our view
Posting one man on a high point on
the bank to watch tho riverbed
and leaving the other In charge of I
our horses the corporal and I made
our way down to where we had last
seen the Hon We were armed with
Lee Netford carbines and we turned
on our magazines In order to have a
good running fire available should our
quarry demand it I
Meantime our main body coming
along Clio opposite bank of tho river
had seen our maneuver and an offi
cer and ono man had come down into
the rjverhed from their side lo help us
Gradually and cautiously we sur
rounded the spot whore wo guessed
the lion to cautiously at I oasti
as far as three of us wore concerned
the fourth the man who had come
from tho main body was moving in afar
far freor and more confident manner
than any of us could boast he clam
bered over tho rocks and sprang with
agility into the most likely corners
for finding a wounded lion lying amp
bushed and his sole weapon was his
revolver for he was a farrier Such
Is Tommy Atkins whether it is the
outcome of sheer pluck or of ignor
ance or lof both combined the fact
remains that he will sail gayly in
whero danger lies and as often as not
sail gayly out again unharmed
However to continue at last 1we
were on the spot but no Hdh was
thore an occasional splash of blood
and here and there where sand lay
between the rocks the impress of a
mighty paw showed that he had moved
away after being hit But soon all
traces ceased and though we searched
for long we could find no other sign
of him
Outwitted by the Jungle King
We halted on the riverbank during
tho intenso heat of tho day and be
fore resuming our march in the even
Ing we sallied out once more to search
tho riverbed and an islet grown with
bushes where we hoped ho might be
And while we searched the hussar
who had been assigned to me to hold
my horse and who was the man who
in tho morning had been posted to
watch the riverbed asked How
many lions are there supposed to be
here I told him Only the one wo
fired at this morning
Whereupon ho grimly said Oh I
saw him go away up the river when
you went down it He was a dragging
his hindquarters after him
It appeared that tho man thought
ho had been posted to guard against
surprise by an enemy and did not
realize that we being down among
the rocks could not see the lion which
was so visible from his lookout place
And so we lost that lion x
But I had better luck another time
It stands thus recorded in my diary
10th OctobcrTo be marked with
a red mark when I can get a red pen
cil Jaclcson and a native boy ac
companied mo scouting this morning
we three started off at 3 a m In
moving round tho hill that overlooks
our camp wo saw a match struck high
up near tho top of the mountain
This one little spark told us a good
deal It showed that the enemy were
thor that they were awake and alert
I say they because one nigger
would not dare to be up there by
himself in the dark and they were
aware of our force being at Posselts
as otherwise they would not be oc
cupying this hill
However they could notsee any
thing of us as it was then quite dark
And wo went farther on among the
mountains In the early morning
light we crossed tho deep riverbed
of the Umchingwe River andtn do
ing so noticed the fresh spoor of a
lion in tho sand We went on and had
a good look at the enemys stronghold
and on our way back as we ap
proached this riverbed agreed to go
quietly In case the lion should be
moving about in it On looking down
over the bank my heart jumped Into
my mouth when I saw a grand old
brute just walking in behind a bush
Jackson did not see him but was off
his horse as quickly as I was and
ready with his gun too ready indeed
for the moment thai the lion appeared
walking majestically out from behind
the bush that had hidden him Jack
son fired hurriedly striking the ground
under his foot and as we afterwards
discovered knocking off one of his
claws
Tho lion tossed up his shaggy head
and looked at us in dignified surprise
Then I fired and hit him with a leaden
bullet from the LeeMetford He
reeled sprang round and staggered
a few paces when Jackson who was t
using a MartiniHenry let him have
one in the shoulder This knocked I E
him over sideways and he turned
about growling savagely
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I could scarcely believe that rave
had got a lion at last but resolved
to make sure of it so telling Jackson
not to firo unless it was necessary
for fear of spoiling the skin with the
larger bullot of the Martini I went
down closer to tho beast and fired a
shot at the back of his neck ashe
turned his head momentarily away
from me Tho bullet went through
his spine and camo out through the
lower jaw killing him
We were pretty delighted at our
success but our nigger wan mad with
happiness for a dead lIonprovided
he Is not a maneater has many in
valuable gifts for a Kaffir in the shape
of lovephiltres charms against dls
ease or Injury and medicines that
produce bravery It was quite de
lightful to shake bands with tho
mighty paws of tho dead Hon to pull
at his magnificent tawny mane and
to look into his great deep yellow
eyes Then we sot to work to skIn
him two of us skinning while tho
other kept watch in caso of tho enemy
sneaking up to catch us while we wore
thus occupied We found that ho was
fat and also that he had been much
wounded by porcupines portions of
whose quills had pierced the skin and
lodged in his flesh In several places
Our nigger cut out tho oyes gallblad
der and various bits of the Hops
anatomy as fotlch modictne I filled
carbinebucket with some of tho
my
fat as I knew my two boys Diamond
and MUni would very greatly value
vlt Then after biding the head In a
neighboring bush whero wo could find
it again we packed the skin on to
one of the ponies and returned to
camp tut6h fly pleased with our
selves
By permission ot Longman a Green
go New York
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