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The Ogden standard. [volume] (Ogden City, Utah) 1902-1910, February 12, 1910, Part Two, Image 9

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By Dr W J Ansorge M A LL D M R C S L R C P i i l i
r TONS havo occasion
ally been met with
F and shot nt Mom
basa and J shot a
lioness at Fajcu n
I thousand miles from
A hfu A the coast Between
fPQ R these two extreme
h Jl points there are as
might ho expected
certain localities where tho sports
nan anxious to bag a lion has a bet
tor chance of finding one As a Gen
oral principle lions follow the big
game and wherever zebras antelopes
and gazelles abound lions are not far
I Some travelers never cross the game
Hocked Athl plains without seeing
lions the late Mr Dick once saw four
teen of them and it is reported that
n score of lions have been econ to
gether at ono and the same time I
havo crossed the Athl plains six times
without seeing a Uvo lion though
onco I picked up the fine skull of an
aged lion at the Stony AthI hyaenas
Laving Just devoured the king of
beasts On another occasion when
the grass was about three feet high
i was stalking a waterbuck near the
AthI river when my gun bearers de
clared they had seen a lion switching
his tall and disappearing Into the ad
Joining copse and they persuaded me
to keep from the gloomy thorn copse
tt a respectful distance
On my fourth journey I was warned
by the missionaries at KIbwezI not to
camp at Ngomeni because a mancat
lug lion was haunting the neighbor
Mali I had at the time amongst my
porters a man who camped at Ngo
men a few weeks before with another
caravan According to his story hp
must havo had a wonderful escape
for the lion pounced on him and car
ried off his blanket and the tiny
tent under which ho lay sheltered
The porter however escaped unhurt
From Klnanl to Neomoni Is twelve
miles but my caravan werp in such
a dread spending the night at Ngo
meni that they begged me to push on
to the next camp on the Tsavo river
nine miles tartbor We therefore
marched tho 21 miles crossed the
reavo river and camped
Samba Attacks by Night
It was a hot night and most of the
porters slept In the open air by their
camp fires No ono dreamt there could
be any danger wo all thought that
the maneating lion bad been left nine
miles behind us at Ngomeni 1 felt
unaccountably restless and kept toss
Ing on my bed I could not sleep
I sauntered out of my tent saw that
the night watchman was awake
looked at the sleeping figures around
the glowing camp fires and then
strolled Into the silent darkness be
yond the camp It was providential
bat I was not seized by tho man
eater for bo was close at tho very
momenL He bad followed us from
Ngomcni and had swum across the
Tsavo river My dog had followed
me He growled angrily at some bush
so near that I could see some of the
eaves stirring This was my fourth
journey without ever meeting with a
lion and I was at the moment so com
pletely unconscious of any danger
that I said to my dog You silly to
growl when the wind stirs a few
leaves Since this night I never like
to venture outside tho circle of camp
fires on a dark night however safe
others may consider the surrounding
uninhabited country
Leisurely returning to my tent 1 I
lay down on my campbed when 1
beard a horrid growling sound like
wood a Cow yards from my lent
door The next moment there were
thrlcks and cries In a second every
map was awake and shouting slmba
rlmba lIon lion Dashing out
with a loaded revolver I found that
the man ontor had carried off one of
Lay porters
The Victim Rescued
Everyman ached a firebrand and we
rusbed in pursuit It surprises mo
yet that wo rescued the man About
two hundred yards from the camp wo
found him lying on the ground se
verely lacerated the lion had dropped
hlrp and fled I carefully examined
Limo spot next morning A strong but
withered branch stretched out hori
ontnlly n eharp pointed lions short
hairs My belief Is that the llpn i
bouudlng away with his prey acci I
dentally struck his aide against this
harp branch Ho may have taken It
for a spear thrust from ono of us pur
HullS him with shouts and blazing
The wounded man was carried to
my tent He had dreadful wounds in
tho upper part of the thigh where
the lions Jaws had seized him I As
I hid every surgical requisite at hand
he was noon bandaged up andha re
mained that night under my1 tent No
oiie ventured to go to sleep as we
i fully expected the baffled man catel
would make another attempt before
td wDThe injured man was in great
pain and his moans were dlntrcaslujy
lId told us a remarkable story = that
p though tho Hen had seized him and1
fas carrying him off he was still
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asleep that our shouts Toke him up
and to his horror ho found that he
himself was the one being carried
off by the lion and then ho clasped
his arms around the lions neck and
We were all wondering why the lion
did not pay us another visit but It
was explained next morning A Dum
ber of Wakamba natives on their way
to Mobassa tobartcrtheir sheep and
goats for cloth beads and brass wire
had passed us They camped for the
night about half an hour farther on
The man ater had visited them in
stead and had carried off anatlvc and
devoured him The others fled The
road next day bore plain evidence of
their headlong flight being tittered
with beans broken provision bags and
somo leather garments
With early laWn we left Tsavo the
Injured porter wo carried In a ham
mock Wo saw the footprints of the
lion along the dusty road apparently
following the Wakamba Two of my
men declared that they saw the brute
about mid day standing panting under
a shady bush by the roadside with the
tongue hanging out of his mouth I
hurried up to them with a loaded rifle
but saw nothing except the footprints
which here turned off tho road We
made a double march and reached
the tamp at Ndi in safety and saw
nothing further of the lion for the
rept of the journey The wounded
man progressed favorably and on our
reaching Mornbasa he insisted on
walking In tlie procession supporting
himself with a stick He refused to
be carried or to be assisted by others
The safe homecoming of a caravan to
Mombasa Is generally a day of re
joicing with the porters
Two Lions in the Grass
On my fifth journey it was Lake
Nakuru I had my first shot at a lion
1 was returning to camp and within
sight of It when I observed a jackal
slinking round tho base of a hillock
Intending to get a shot at him I hur
led lip the hillock As I reached the
top I heard shouts ofSlmba slmba
Hoii lion I naturally turned round
to see who were shouting and then I
hcrrd some of my men call out that
the lions wore In front of mu In fact
at the critical moment when I would
have seen them I had turned round
A lion and a lioness peacefully re
had been disturbed
poking in tho grass
turbed by my approach and were now
trotting off towards somo high grass
a few hundred yards away 1 had
barely time to fire three shots from
the magazine rifle at their receding
figures The first two shots fell short
but my third ahot put at 300 yards
throv up the dust close to the left
hind leg of the lIon > The shots did not
apparently disturb their equanimity
Aftermy third shot they stopped for a
second tolook at us Before I could
tty ii i fourth shot tho pair had dls
ancarcd JJ1 the long grass where It
would have been foolhardy to follow
f hoin The donkey boy told me that
wbon he Vas bringing my rI uing don
key to meet my the donkey suddenly
broke loose and galloped hack to the
ca p He had to return to etch It
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and leading It once more along be
and the others saw the lions which
had terrified the donkey That night
we heard lions growling round the
camp hut no one was attacked
Narrow Escape When Unarmed
On my second visit to Fajoa our
farthest military station towards the
north another lion incident ell to my
lot It was on tho 2Gh of November
1S97 I had arrived in the early morn
Ing and having attondedto my medi
cal duties wont In tho afternoon un
armed for a walk to a narrow rocky
gully which winds through the wood
Suddenly I observed the fresh foot
prints of a lion in the moist sand
patches between the rocks The foot
prints of a young ono by its side
showed It must bo a lioness with her
cub Tho tracks wore so fresh that
It was evident the beasts had been dis
turbed by my approach and in this
immediate neighborhood and it was
not pleasant to find myself unarmed
and In such proximity to them I
retraced my nteps pretty sharp and
boat a hurried retreat thanking Prov
idence for bringing me safely back to
the station I told the men what I had
seen and I Inquired If they knew that
there were lions so near to us I
received the disturbing news that a
maneating lion had harassed the
nclghborhorlng Wanyoro village for
the past month and that It had car
ried off four of the villagers Tho
Inhabitants had deserted their homes
en masse and had flrd for safety to
another village but hitherto the man
eater had not visited the Soudanese
Darkness sets In about 5 p m
and though J Ventured by myself only
sixty ards from my hut I found
noxt morning that for the second time
I must have been pretty close to the
maneater as his track was but six
Inches from mine J realized how the
merciful Gird had twice that day pre
served mo from death Soon after
wards uowri was brought mo that the
maneater hid just attempted to carry
off a woman at the nearest Wanyoro
village but was driven off prosum
ably with firebrands by men who had
happened to sit near her This alarm
Ing news walla shortly followed by my
cow stampeding Sho was tied to a
peg close > to the Soudanese watch
fire Tearing herself loose sho bolted
like mad She never stopped until
she reached a distant village whence
she was returned to mo next day
Tho Soudanese on guard declared that
he saw the Iron crouching and trying
to spring upon the cow when fortun
ately she Juste tore herself loose in
time and escaped l It was too dark
for him to aim or be would have
fired his I
The ManEater Appears Again
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The general exclteWnt was Increas
ing when suddenly Ujrrlflc screams of
pain arose from tho Soudanese vil
lage followed i by soldiers firing off
their rifles In every direction under
the belief that they had scen tho man
eater herethere and everywhere The
brute certainly seemed ubqultous I
felt uncomfortable at the thought that
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the bullets might knock some of us
over With the help of the native offi
cers wo put a stop to this haphazard
shooting which was endangering our
lives more than the maneaters On
hurrying to the scene of tho screams
I found that tho man ater had en
tered a hut the door having foolishly
been left open and tried to carry off
ono of our Soudanese soldiers The
huts are crowded together and have
u reed fence round each and narrow
paths and winding entrances lead to
each separate enclosure It was
therefore no easy matter even for a
lion to carry off its prey Owing to
tho general hubbub the lion had
dropped thp man As In the Tsavo
case I was fortunately at hand to
dress the wounds There twero ten
of them A scratch about two inches
long had splintered the heel bone
I removed a piece of the bono about
tho size of a shilling This was ono
of the minor wounds the worst were
in tho thigh The man ultimately
made a good recovery and so did the
woman who was Injured earlier
To allay tho exclt ment and to calm
the people I told them would kill
the lion next day The natives were
not surprised that this came true for
they are very superstitious and with
them medicine min and wizard are
synonymous terms The native lieu
tenant reminded me of this fact You
told us he said hat you would kill
tho lion next da > but thpn you are a
medicine man r t i
A Goatifop Bait
I advised the men to retire to Itholr
huts and tosee that their doors were
firmly secured As regnrds my own
hut this was easier said than done
as the door was only a reed screen
leaning against the aperture which It
failed to close But natives usually
take the precaution of fixing two vert
ical poles Inside the but so that the
reed screen slides between them an
Is retained in position tho door is
then firmly closed by some faggots
placed transversely Having dispersed
the crowd I determined to put a bait
for the maneater and to sit up and
watch for him
Wu tied a young goat to a tree a
few feet from my door The night was
very dark and I was obliged to kindle
a lire to enable mo to see the fore
sight of my rifle Then the silent and
dreary watch began As the hours
crept on the stillness and the dark
ness told on me I had had a fatigu
ing day in the early morning I had
marched from Waklbara to Fajoa af
terwards I had attended to patients
and then came the lively doings of the
evening By and by I caught myself
nodding If tho maneater had chosen
to pass my hut once more it could
have had me notwithstanding tho
loaded rifle on my knees At 330 a
IN I Kayo up the struggle to keep
awake and resolvingto set a trap for
tho lloij i went to bed
At S a m next morning i began
to build the lion trap Everybody
helped vllllngly although it was Fri
day tho Sunday equivalent to the
Soudanese who arc Mohammcdaug and I
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rest 11 rat of tillvr made alinn
stockade of stout perpendicular poles
to use these wo lashed tree atoms Talc
horizontally one on top of the other
finally wo planted an enter row of
polls perpendicular like the first row
firmly and deeply into the ground
This gale us Uie sides of the cage
The top we closed In with horizontally
laid tree trunks on to which we piled
large heavy stones till wo felt sat
isfied that tie fiercest lion could not
possibly breakout of this cage The
trap door consisted of seven heavy
blocks of wood fastened together hor
izontally on topof each other and
hold hI position by short perpendicular
pieces on both ldbSo far all went
smoothly But ncvor having construct
ed a wild beast trap before I was ser
iously puzzled how to make tbo trap
door act
Trying a Trap I
There Is something In this Robinson
Crusoe life which stimulates the most
unlnvontlve intellect It was an un
pleasant predicament that unless I
found some means the cage would
very shortly be ready and I placed In
the ridiculous position of not knowing
how to make the trap work Inspira
tion came at last I had asked the na
tive officers the Soudanese soldiers
the Swahili porter my Arab servant
and the Wanyroro onlookers to find
out If anyone could help me They
calmly aasuVed me that they had nev
er built a trap In vain I told them
nor had I But I hit on the following
plan I constructed a sort of picture
frame the trapdoor resting In the
forked ends of the two perpendicular
pieces Attaching a rope to the middle
of the lower horizontal lIck even a
slight tug withdrew the supporting
framework and caused the heavy
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trapdoor k to fall down Into the re
quired position and thereby to shut
the I cage l most effectively The rope
went to tI farthest end of the cage
and thcrppassing over a horizontal
polennd returning in thd direction of
the door Md ltx end securely tied to
a goat placed as a halt inside the trap
The Lieutenantss Bravery
The goat hacf previously had Its
ICjgB jicd soaR to render It quite help
less I Of course the principle I went
upon was that the lion would not
Btpn to devour ItSf prey but would
sclzo it and try to carry It off and
therefore would pull on the rope to
w lcJ the goat was tied and thus
close the trapdoor As the lion had
refused to accept the goat wo had
Placud Jar It as a bait out in the open
air on the iirovlouB night we built
a native hilL over the trap and tho
lqn rap was completed Just before
dark lo bnItld the trap and awaited
tbe rcsun > Everybody In the village
Vas worried to bo inside his hut be
f9ro dUsk and tQ1aee that his door was
HCRbf fnsfconwL Though a tiger
miinea cry having once laqted hu
mfrnj fleshlls said over after to pre
fer Itto all olbeqfesh I do not know
Jtt the Jon lIinJatel resembles it in
thispredictionbut it would seem it
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to take the goat twlco offered him as
a bait on two succcsslvo nights
The Soudanese lieutenant Said Jab I
ara was eating his evening meal the
next night at the door of his hut
when tho maneater suddenly entered
his enclosure and bounded Into the
adjoining hut With great presence I
of mind the lieutenant at once flung
burning brands in front of this hit
and thus promptly made a prisoner of
the maneater
The Rifle Does the Work
It seemed a long while though prob
ably only a minute or two before j
succeeded in distinguishing the outline
of the lion I fired but as I could not
see very clearly the foresight of my
rIfle I probably missed The liqn gave
an ominous growl which was heard
and received with mad shouts by tko
crowd surging around uluat o sofa
distance Tho brute bdUn3eatothe
other end of the hut but as It left
the hind part exposed I wW able thls
lime to tako a better aim ando send
the bullet crashing through Us body
As It turned to escape by the door I1
had time to reloadI was using a
MartiniHenri rlfiennd togive it a
good shouldershot It staggered and
fell dead in the outer shed
Tho maneater turned qut > tp be a
lioness It was gaunt and grim old
and emaciated It had but five other
wounds in spite of tho subsequent
fcslladc besides the two Inflicted by
me ono of these five shots had car
ried off the little toe of the right fore
foot tho others wore principally flesh
wounds It required seven men to car
ry tbe lioness to where I camped
There was a feeling of joy and relief
that the maneater was slain I had
to remain close to the body to pre
vent its being torn to pieces by tho
frenzied mob Even then one of tho
I Wanyamwezl porters managed to
dodge rno and to deliver viIth a club
a terrine blow at the dead lioness
smashing her skull file women i
joined in the uproar with their shrill
tromulo scream of hehehehehehe I
ad infinitum only stopping whcn quite
out of breath This was meant 351
sort of triumphal chant
On my sfccth journeywe had
pitched our tents at CamniyaSimba
I e tho camp of lionswe saw
four animals in the distance a mil g or
two off No one could make out what
they were I came to the conclusion
they must be wart hogs because
the body seemed unusually long
and legs comparatively > short
As far as the hills and tree
less ground was covered with
short grass only here and Uiero a
patch of grass three feet high would
dot the undulating surface Accom
panied by my gunbearer I tried to
get as near as I could before attempt
ing a shot The place was too open
to make stalking possible or practical
bio Threo of the animals trotted off
to the left one went off to the right
in the direction of our camp This ono
I followed I felt moro than over con
vinced It was a wild boar as It con
stantly placed Its head near the
ground and only occasionally raised
Jt to look at UB as we followed L
Our persistent pursuit seemed to an
DO > iL and it wont to hide In a patch
of high grass
A Too Hasty Shot
With my rifle ready cautious
ly approached tho patch but as I
could not make out wherp tho animal
might be I said to my gun bearer
I have lost it The patch of grass
extended perhaps for a quarter of a
mile Suddenly a long tall switched
upward and Instantly a huge lion
raised himself up and gave a flerco
deep growl Up went my rltle and I
fired The lion was fully two hun
dred yards otrtbo bullet almost
grazed Its head The act was auto
matic the shock of unexpectedly fac
ing a lion must have paralyzedvoli
tlon or would most corulnly not
have risked at that distancemyfpnly
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shot on which the life of the two of i
us might have depended I
This brings to my mind a passage I
in a medical lecture I onco attended
The lecturer to Impress the medical
students with the proximity of certain i
nerve centers In the brain used Eve I
and the apple as an Illustration
This is the for ho
center sight said i
Eve saw the applenHand this Is
tho center for movement of the arms
Eve stretched out her hand for Iln
In my case the sight of the lion I
prompted the defensive motion of my
arms Fortunately for me tho lion
turned and bounded off I reloaded
my rlflo and hurried after It eager to
shoot it and to secure such a splendid
brute But though it seemed to bo
merely trotting and my gun bearer
and I were running as if it weru
a racing match the lion got steadily
farther away and finally disappeared
beyond tho undulating rldgeS AVhcn
we reached camp I was greeted by
my companion with the remark that a
lien had been In sight of tho camp and
had disappeared In the scrub near us
that he had gone to look for It bu
had seen no trace of It
The whole caravan were greatly ex
cited saying tho lion was crouching
In the long grass and would wait till
dusk and then pay us an unpleasant
visit Having rested myself I went
once more after the lion but I fol I
lowed a different plan to what my
companion had tried As the lion had
crossed tho caravan road I went to
track him Instead of looking for him
at haphazard I found the footprints
and several of ray men now eystemat i
ically tracked them for me The trail
led downwards to a grassy dell Just
then a couplo of partridges flew up i
and settled in a patch of grass on the i
higher ground I exchanged rllle
for a gun and thought I might as well
bag a partridge for supper whilst my
men went tracking towards the dell I
The boy who had carried the gun ac
companied me though tho gun wap
now in my own hands
At Close Range
As I skirted the edge of tho grass
patch I noticed n pecilllar opening at
one spot as if a longish animal had
entered there I said to my boy I
am sure the lion has passed here
> but I never dreamt the lion my men
wore tracking down hill could at that
moment bo so near to me near the
summit of the hill I had passed the
spot half a dozen yards when curi
osity prompted mo to go back and to
have another look at IL Balancing
myself on my left foot with iny fowl
Ing pleco held unconcernedly In my
hands I was leisurely turning the
grass this way and that with my right
foot when the same huge lion just
as it did on the former occasion cx
ccpt that It was now only a few yards
from me sprang up lashed Its tall
furiously and growled or rather
snarled at me My boy was paralyzed
with fear I could see how both his
bands went up and his fingers curled
inwards and then ho gave a yell of
terror As on the previous occasion
tho sudden shock deprived me of the
sensation of fear but automatically i
my bands endeavored to shoot back
the safety bolt of my gun and to got I
it ready for defense
Before I could act the lion had am
plo time to have killed both of us
but once more it turned and fled As i
tho black tip of the tall disappeared
over tho next undulation I got at
last my gun in position and sent come
small No 5 shots at it though I
might aa well have tickled the tip
of the tail with a feather brush aa
regards any harm I could have done
with such tiny shot at that distance
But I was mad with myself at having
lost such a splendid chance only t
gradually better thoughts entered ipy
head and 1 felt thankful that twice
this day providence had saved me in j
spite of my folly frorn painful mull
lation and probable death f J
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