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THE MAN-EATER. 5 years ago I was riding with i through the streets of Lu know, in the miIdle- of the road we came i blood y mass, apparently the rc- Woman, but bruised and laeer nd crushed almost out of sem tohttmanity. )ing the buggy, we looked around e explanation, and then perceived e streets were utterly deserted ot tman. child and beast, although a •ed an 11 cautious faces were to be ping from the doors and win over the parapets of the nouses, e must have been an attempt at ad th e soldiers have made an ex two for the benefit of the re said my friend, as we drove y on. rods further we came upon the a young man similarly disfig I also lying in the middle of the is really awful. They must have le elepiiaHts kill him." muttered again, stopping the horse and the frightful spectacle, s moment a man appeared upon if an ad joining house, and looked y down the street. To him my touted and he cried: )B, sahibs, but the boy was my the house is desolate. By the Kali, but he has turned this way Take care of yourselves, sahibs, ming. The man-eater is upon admee-kpnawallah! the man I have seen him. He is a horse temper of a tiger and the cour man. lie belongs to the king, letimes sends a slave .who dis lim into the stable. They drag out with hooks. spoke my friend was hastilv his horse, while the terrified syce, i hitherto run heside the buggy, ed of to the side of the road and ired. I know not where. i loot of the hill we had just as H)th my triend and I had noticed park, or pleasure-ground, sur with a high iron fence, its gates hospitably open. Toward these now drove at the top speed of es, while behind us, on the road, ?d the iron hoofs of our pursuer. 3 sound ceased, and standing up, over the top of the buggy to see 1 left u-. But he had only cn a child, too young to know erorto escape it, and when I ight of him the savage beast was the poor little onject in its mouth, rasa dog does a rat. Another and lie had dropped it, and was pursuit of us. That moment's JWevcr, had lost him his prey, as he was about to overtake us id into the enclosure, my friend from the buggy, slammed the shot the bolt securing them, did so the i atcr arrived and imself against the gates with a at must have sh ittered them had of wood. he stood for an instant glaring at us through the iron railing tended nostrils and glaring eye ahead covered with blood, his amingwith recent slaughter.great coagulated gore clinging to his -as terrible a sight as can well ived. sound of his ferocious whinnv snorting, the horse we had been trembled and cowered as if at of a lion. few minutes the man-eater per his determination to assault us, up and down in front of the !, glancing at the height of the raining a perfect battery of his iron heels upon the gates, however, convinced of the use 3f his efforts, he turned, with rnant neigh, and galloped off road. A little below us an had been thrown across from e to another, and upon this arch of troopers stood awaiting the iity now presented, for as se, "With head and tail erect, idly glaring eyes, searching !ry side for fresh victims, passed the arch, a rope skillfully ettled upon his neck, choked whim. ext day the king ordered that -eater should be turned into the .th Burrhea, his finest Bengal rena was a courtyard, about six square, surrounded by build th a veranda below and a gallery •ont of this verandah was closed vy bamboo railing, and behind aceju-t below the royal balcony, !8 of the lis uem, or as they are Hindoostanee, the puidahbee aning literally, curtain ladies, as ishea from the poorer class of fe ere allowed to peep at the com ev could. an-eatcr had been enticed into sure by means of a country small value, to whom he mani animosity, but seemed to re contemptuous indulgence as a not, indeed of his own kind, but iy near it to secure him from 1 the ferocious attacks he reserved for the inferier race calied man. While the horses sported together, Burrhea's cage was brought into the ver anda, just opposite where the king and his court were now seated, a door in the bamboo railing was thrown open, and the front of the cage raised. Burrhea, who had been kept without food or drink tor the last twenty-four hours, waited for no second bidding, but leaped with one bound from the cage to the middle of the courtyard, iashing his sides with his long tail and glaring furi ously at the horses, while his glossy and beautifully striped coat shone like satin, contrasting strongly with the frowsy hair of the tattoo, or native horse, and mak ing the man-eater's well-kept hide look dull and rough in comparison. Glancing stealthily about him for a moment, the tiger commenced stealing about the horses. Admec-kanawailah fixed his eyes stead ily upon the eves of his opponent, ami not for an instant did he take them off. Standing in an easy attitude, one foot slightly advanced, his head lowered, his ears flat upon his neck, lie awaited the attack, but Burrhea, daunted, perhaps, by that steady gaze, swerved from the direct line of his approach and sidled toward the tatoo, who paralyzed with fear, seemed incapable of making the least effort either for escape or resistence. Arriving at the proper distance, Burr hea sprang, knocked his victim flat, alighted upon his side, and, with his teeth inserted in the poor creature's neck, greedily drank its blood. "It will only make Burrhea the more savage," said the king, gleefully rubbing his hands, and the courtiers dutifully assented, exchanging glances of approba tion and pleasure before turning to enjoy the further expected sport. At length Burrhea was satisfied, or else no more blood was to be had, and taking his claws out of the dead animal, and shaking himself as he did so, he began to creep stealthily around the court-yard like a cat stealing a inarch upon a mouse. He made no noise whatever, raising and plac ing his hugli paws as silently as a rose 'leaf flutters to the ground. It was not a scene to be forgotten. The King, with his courtiers, both European and Indian, about him in thegayly-decor ated gallery above, the eyes and figures of the servants dimly seen peering through the railing ot the veranda below. Burr hea making his stealthy rounds, while in the center of the courtyard stood the man-eater, slowly turning, as the tiger moved, so as always to keep hi eves fixed upon the glaring eyes of his oppo nent, his foreleg still advanced and slight ly bent, his mane bristling, and his ear* now erect and defiant. The profound silence was inte: upleu only by the grating sound of the iron hoofs of the horse as he slowly turned in exact concert with the movement of the tiger. At last, and without the slightest \isi ble preparation, the tiger sprang, cutting the air like a flash of lightning, but the horse was prepared. It had evidently been Burrhea's inten tion to seize the head and fore-quarters, but the man-eater was to quick for him, and by a sudden diving motion of his head and shoulders, received his antago nist upon his muscular haunches instead. The claws of the tiger sank deep in the flesh, while his hind feet made a desper ate effort to secure a holding upon the horse's shoulders, but before this could be effected the man-eater lashed out with his iron heels with a resistless vigor that sent Burrhea sprawling to the ground with a broken jaw. The king seeing this, frowned, and gave orders to let the tiger out and turn in another. Another came, but he seem ed unwilling to fight. All the efforts of the keepers failed to arouse him. The king was furious. "Take away that fool of a tiger and bring in a lion!"' screamed lie, bending over the railing and menacing the tiger with his fist. The trembling attendants hastened to raise the doors of railing and cage, and the tiger bounded in with infinitely more alacrity than he had shown in coming out. There was a brief pause, and then the attendanr at the loor announced the keepci of the lions wh begged the audi ence of the king. "Bring him in!" ordered his majesty. The lion-master tremblingly advanced, and prostrating himself, announced his cliasge not in lighting trim, one of them being sick, and the rest just finishing an unusually large repast. "By the beard of my father, but you shall replace them yourself, wallah!" giowled the king, whose ill-humor had reached its height. "Arm yourself with a tulwar and go in to light the man-eater. Kill him, or he will kill you/' A profound silence followed this com mand, which all who heard it understood as a sentence against the unfortunate man whose only offense consisted in hav ing been too indulgent to the animals un kr 1 is charge. But in Oude to hear was to obey, even 1 lindly than in the Ea.-t generally, and the lion-keeper, with his face blanched and his eyes rolling wildly, sa laamed to the ground and withdraw. El)c ©rant County iicialfo. BIO STONE CITY, GRANT COUNTY, DAKOTA. SATURDAY. OCTOBER 18. 1879. NO. At the same instant a slight noise was heard in the women's gallery below, and as some of us bent over to ascertain the cause, we saw one of the bamboo railings torn from its fastenings and a light figure till the opening and leap lightly to the ground. It was Numah, a nautch girl, whom the king had just bought from the dishonest nautch wallah, with whom she had agreed to dance for a certain time. Her home, her lover, were now lost to her forever, and she sought to save the poor man's life at the cost of her own. The king saw her as soon as any of us, and an expression of terror crossed his face, but immediately gave way to fero cious satisfaction. "It is well done, Numah," shouted he. "Go and tell the admee-kanawallah your sorrows and your wrongs. He will con sole you." The hautch girl turned and raised her eyes t« the royal gallery. "Death will comfort me, king,'' said she, salaaming low, with the supple grace inseperable from her every movement, then she walked firmly and fearlessly to ward the man-eater, who watched, intent ly her approach, and with neck and tremulous nostrils seemed to question her intentions. Arrived within arm's length of him Numah sank upon her knees, crossing her arms and bowing her head as in sub mission to her fate. A silence like death reigned through out the place, broken at iast by the grat ing sound of the horse's hoofs, as cauti ously moving them, he approached her step by step, and finally stood directly over her, his head grazing her shoulder, while nostril, eve and ear were evidently alert to satisfy the mind of their master. "Ma halla! he will not hurt her," ex claimed the kiug and indeed the man eater had no intentions of so doing, for he was now resting his chin on the girl's shoulder, and whinnying with satisfac tion. Numah, more surprised than any one, raised her head, looked in the eyes of the animal, rose cautiously to her feet, and laid her hand upon his inane. The man eater whinnied again and rubbed his head against her shoulder. An irrepressible burst of applause filled the royal gallery, raised by the European spectators. After an instant's hesitation it was joined by the kin'/. 1 "Shavash, Numah! Bravo, girl!" shouted he, clapping his hands. "You have conquered the conqueror of Burrhea and shall be rewarded. Nawah, see tha' Numah receives five thousand rupees am1 is seut back safe to hei home with tin horse." Wit and Humor. look a gift mule ir hind Never hoof. The man who open- iuai undue influence on it. The proper place tor boys fjog is on the back stoop. The blind should go to tin where even the Dead Sea. •rts an lb Land, elu pel ate An Indianna carpenter is s that he will not use a spirit lev It ain't so much what a man kan lift as what he kan hang onto that shows his aktual strength. "Teaspoon Corners" i« Ingham county, Michigan. a stirring place. locality in It must be a All the clothes that Adam had for a long time was the close of day. while the mantle of night was his bed clothes. "What hit you, Michael!" "Sure, your 'anner, it was that bloody policeman there, wid his big assegevag." Alfred, your poem must be laid over, having some minor defects. For instance, gorge does not rhyme with morgue. A boy in this town has named his dog Rome, so that by simply twisting the animal's tail he can make Rome howl. Two twinbrothers are said to be so much alike that they frequently borrow money of each other without knowing it. "What will the hardest be if" asks an exchange. Well, just wait till the har vest bee crawls up your trowsers' leg, and you'll find out. A sable citizen made a bet that lie could eat fifty watermelons in fifty hours. He stalled in on the thirty-seventh. They inscribed on his coffin "Act. 37.'1 An up-town clergyman thinks a man can go 1,0 church in hot weather with as much comfort as he can go to a picnic, and save uionev by the operation. Hands have they, yet feel not—clocks. Legs have they,"yet walk not—tables. Eyes have they, yet see not—needles. Teeth have they,'yet chew not—combs. A Pulaski boy recently swallowed a pen-knife. Although not quite out of danger, he finds some consolation in the fact that the knife belonged to another uoy. Student, fresh from college, to conduc tor: "I wish to get on the penultimate car." Conductor: "we have no peanut car you can take the smoker.' Mutual ly disgusted. An Arab soldier asked lea\e to visit the home of his childhood, near one of the most desirable of the pyramids, mak ing it as an excuse that he wanted to see how his M^me-lukes. A young clerk in Holyoke spent six hours in a refrigerator, having been im prisoned bv mistake. He felt on coming out as though fie had just been entertained at a fashionable church sociable. Speak gently, speak gentlv: no matter how much bigger and how much broader across the shoulders than yourself another man is, nor how cross he looks, speak gently. The bigger and broader and cros ser, the gentler. Custom ?r: "What did you think of the bishop's sermon on Sunday, Mr. WigsbyfB^ Hairi^£csser: "Well, really, sir, there wSS a djlj^sittin' in front o' ine as 'au "is '"'nHfeed that crooked that I couldn't 'eai jP&ord!" A colored man observed, while in con versation with a friend-,'*" 1 dusn't b'lieve you ve on y make enny in having a pardener got a small business. thing, why, ver don't lose, yer have to lose it a "Aw, it is not to be wo marked Mr. Toplofty, as 1 eye-glasses, "sea-bathing has grown un populah, because you see, aw, the vuigah herd took to the watah, and it has be come vewy much soiled. I if ye? i at," re adjusted his A man may go fishing and catch a handsome string of fish, and lose them out of the back of the wagon coming home, or have them grabbed by the dog at the house where he left his team, but he can never tell the story and ave it believed. The following advertisement appeared in the Rochester (England) Observer of June 26: "On sale, a set of teeth, the owner having no use for them, having nothing to chew on account ot hard times. Apply 7 Burgess street. Freehold 971*.'' An up-town man when asked last even ing if he was a member of a certain church, replied: "Well, I dunno b'lieve I am a sort of an honorary member of something. Anyhow, when they have a donation I always send something along." As a party of gentlemen and ladies were climbing to the top of a high church tower one hot day, a gentleman remarked "This is rather a spiral flight of steps," To which a lady rejoined, "Yes, perspi rai." aix. -Iw- wiped her brow as she spoke. Tile peculiarity ot r:ie way- fly r-• tti i is that heal- t-• the same spot: but it is the characteristic of the mosquito that he always returns to another spot. Thus he dilfeis from the leopard, whhich does not change his spots. This is an important fact in natural history. Class the iigriculm-ii eon pro lessor: Is there any way to obtain good fruit without grafting or budding? Stu dent: Yes sir. Professor: Please ex plain the proees-. Student: Watch your chance, and wii n the farmer goes to dinner craw! o\er into the orchard and steai it. "Julius, yo young wagrani. iiez yer bin ter ehu'ehdis niornin".'" "'Deed, I haz. ole man.'" "Who preachV "De par son, specs." "You am spicy, young *un: but does yei 'member wha' de parson sedr" "Sartin I does. I 'member he sed dar'd be a k'lecshun tuk up. an' dat scar'd me, an' I skup out to borrv a loan." A little religion is a dangerous thing. That is well illustrated in the case of the fire eating Virginian, who, while return ing from camp meeting, held out his hand to an old enemy, and exclaimed: "(five me your hand, Sanders I've got religion, and I feel mean enough to shake hands with a dog." A gentleman from the provinces went into the shop of a Parisian tailor t« order some clothes. While his measures were being taken, he said to the sartorial Aris tarchus. "You must find that I am very badly dressed." "Oh, no," replied artist, "vou are not dressed at all are simply covered,'' the you A North Carolina man commited cide the other day. His neighbors been trying to kill him for upwards ot four years, and had fired altogether over a hundred shots at him He left a note saying he had rather die than "live in a community of such cursed poor marks men." sui had People have already ceased to wonder at the telephone, the phonograph has become an old thing, and what the pub lic demand of Mr. Edison is a machine that will stand at the kitchen door and knock the head off the first tramp that asked for a lemen ice and two kinds of cake. Nothing is so painful at this season of the year as the disheartening spectacle ot a nine-year old hen looking through the fence at a man digging a garden, while she exercises her rugged legs and incisive claws on the plauk walk, just keeping in practice uutil the garden is ready. A South American plant has just been found that cures bashfulness. It should be promptly tried on the man who leaves the hotel by the back window because, he is too diffident to say good-bye to the cashier and clerk. There is a touch ot romance about the marriage of the emperor and empress of Austria. The empress is his cousin. Her eldest sister, now empress of Thurn-Taxis, was destined for the imperial throne, but the y«»ung monarch, on going to Munich to visit his intended bride was so struck with the beauty and charms of her youug er sister that, after a ball at the palace of her lather, Duke Max. he presented the simple young Bavarian giri then but Hi, with a bom]net, telling her she was thenceforth empress of Austria and queen of Bohemia and Hungarv. FEMINITIES. A man and his wife can never agree upon what constitutes a tidy-looking room a woman will grow irratible when she finds half dozen cigar-stumps stick ing to the scorched mantel-piece, and he can be expected to keep quiet when he finds a bunch of long combings in his shaving-mug. A Mr. Isaac V. Green of Michigan ran away with his wife's aunt recently. In other words He run away with his spouse's aunt. And never airitin was seen, Thus iiroviiifr anew what a rare old plant, Is the Michigan I. V. Green. It makes a mother's heart revert to her young days when she comes into the par lor the next morning after her daughter's beau has been round and finds only one chair in front of the fire-place, and all the others sitting along by the wall as if they hadn't been touched lor three ysars. One of the saddest and most vexatious trials that come to a girl when she marries is that siie has to discharge her mother and depend upon her hired girl.—[Troy Times. But the saddest time for the new-made hnsband is when the wife dosn't discharge her mother, but takes her home with her.—jSt. Albans Adver tiser. A citizen went home from the caucus one night and asked his wife, "Did you commit an error or do anything out of oharacter before we were married?" "Why iio! What makes you ask such a question!" "Oh, I didn't think you had, but I was nominated for a town office to night, and I knew if you had it would all be out to-morrow." Riding in a railroad car—Husband: You are quite comfortable, dear? Wife: Yes, love. Husband The cushions are easy and soft, ducky? Wife: Yes, dar ling. Husband: You don feel any jolts, pet! Wife: No, sweetest. Hus band: And there is no draught on my lamb, is there, angel? Wife: No, my ownest own. Husband: Then change seats with me! Ttie sight a man wheeling a baby car riage in the street is not a sign that the in fant is weak, but that the man's wife is strong. And yet if we were to judge from the amiable grin with which the fond father, under these circumstances, salutes every passing acquaintance, we might eroneously suppose thst he was really doing it just for the lun of the thing. An Old Joke 111 a New* Robe "Chawles," languidly drawled Josephine, looking up from her book, "I sec one of the studies at West Point is trigonome try. What is trigonometry, anyhow?" "Trigonometry," replied Charles, toying with an invalid moustache, "is a—a—is the science of pulling the trigger, of course." "I thought so," said Josephine, resuming her novel. The Mormon women say their husbands are the bravest of men. We believe it. Here the man who ventures on treble blessedness is regarded as a truly heroic chaiacter, but there are no words to ex press the true estimate of the man ot whom H5 women are able to say he is a darling and devoted husband. A young man with the blush of coun try life sold out his produce on the mark et yesterday and entered a shoe store and said he wanted a pair of" shoes for his wife. "What number?" asked the clerk. The young husband scratched his head, looked very much embarrassed, anil final ly said: "Well, I've been married eight months, but this shoe business stumps me. I don't hardly believe she wears 'levens, and I don't think she kin git into fives. I think if we split the differ ence we'll hit her pretty close." He was given a pair of eights, and after squint ing along the soles, he observed "I guess them '11 do she's awful proud, and I know she'll squeeze into 'em for all she's worth." Capiliary attraction in the soil.—Mr. Armsby's studies on relation of soils to water, at the Connecticut Experiment Station, have proved that the most im portant feature in evaporation is eapili arity that is, the rapidity with which tile soil permits water to rise in it to supply a deficiency at any point, and hence to keep up a supply to be evapo rated from the surface. In general, the finer the soil the greater the capiliarty down to a certain degree of smallness of particle. It is, of course, that the pores may be so small as to retard the motion of the water. As regards texture, close packing would, like greater fineness, tend to add capillarity, until the pores become so small as to retard the flow. In a loose soii a great deal of water may evaporate from points below the top. Commonly, the looser the soil is the mere surface will itexpose to evaporation. The Czar says he don't usually issue such edicts, but this is an ukase to deal with.