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NETTING THE TIGER
UNIQUE HUNTING CARRIED ON IN SOUTHERN BENGAL. The Korubas Use Neither Elephants Nor Firearms — Nets and Long Bamboo Poles—The Animal Is Aroused by Fierce Uproar. seems a strange means, this, of conquering that fierce inhabitant of the jungle, and one idly wonders why it is made use of. In tales read of tiger hunts, we remember the sports men rode on elephants and slew the big game with firearms. The men that engage in the netting of tigers are not rich tourists, but a unique race of fel lows down in southern Bengal; the Korubas, who alone of all the people dwelling in populous India make a business of killing and capturing the tiger “with no more elaborate arma ment than a lot of bamboo poles, a stack of fibrous nets, a sort of ‘or chestra* of tomtoms and instruments of uproar, and a lot of spears hafted with the inevitable bamboo.” Down in the jungles of southern Bengal, where the Korubas ply their strange business, it would be impossi ble to hunt the tiger* with the aid of clepiiants, for the jungle here is prac tically impenetrable, the tiger well se cluded. But the Korubas are heredi tary hunters and trackers, formidable enemies of the enormously strong, cunning beast; and though one and more of their band may be killed in a - . i--— ■ 'i WITH NET AND SPEAR, capture they are not thereby discour aged lrom further encounters. Men that fall in a tiger hunt i.re accounted heroes of great valor, and perhaps the Korubas would rather die such a glori ous death than live in inglorious safe ty. Some one brings word that a tiger has made a fresh kill, and word goes round. All know the monster is now resting and sleeping after his hunt and meal, that now is the time to attack. The next step is to locate his lair, and at this the trained trackers are adept. The hunters start forth with their nets and long bamboo poles, these poles at fleast 12 feet in length. Silently they creep through the jungle, silently, un der direction of the headman, a wall af net is set up, the beaters arranged in the most strategic positions. These savages put up their nets in an in credibly short time, well-skilled in the work and not afraid to use tooth and toes to help out their hands. The walls are carefully tested, and then the headman gives the signal. Pandemo nium breaks forth, the scores of sav ages utter screams blood-curdling enough to scare even a tiger; tom toms beat, the gongs resound through the silent forest. And now a new sound is added to the tumult, rises above it—the snarls and roars of the iger. Infuriated he glides this way and that, but exit is cut off by blazing torches, yelling enemies, tie raises himself to full height and makes a leap, the marvelous leap a tiger can make. But the beast leaps only to find his great body enmeshed in something that clings and holds, that he cannot bite or claw out of. The nets are drawn tighter, but the beast rolls and tears and struggles, struggles with all his enormous strength. An opening is made, he is free. And now comefe the danger for the one or half-dozen hunt ers, now the one or half-dozen fall in their own blood. But the Korubas, reckless and wild with the hunting spirit, have another line of nets with which to try the tiger, and this time they get him. down, their spearmen stab him to the death, all the net men coming in at the finish. Or perhaps they have received or ders for a live tiger, for many live tigers are wanted from time to time; the showmen must have them; the Indian princes must have them for their elephant-tiger fights; and tigers ihust be provided for the tiger hunts gotten up to amuse distinguished vis itors. For this work the Korubas are the men, they not using the staked pits, which often injure the animal badly, nor the firearms of other hunt ers. When a live tiger is hunted for, Instead of slaying the savages have to engage in the sport of securely roping him; and this is almost as exciting as putting an end to the great and cun ning beast of the iungle. RECOGNITION OF HEROISM. Medals for the Brave Men Who Fig ured in the Bennington Disaster. Recognition of theextraordinary hero ism displayed by the officers and crew of the United States steamer Benning ton when her boilers exploded on July 21 last is contained in a general order issued at the navy department by Secretary Bonaparte. Each of the 11 members of the crew has been awarded a medal of honor and $100 gratuity. They are John Clausey, chief gunner's mate; George F. Brock, carpenter's mate, second class; Ed ward Boers, seaman; Willie Cronan, boatswain’s mate, third class; Ray mond E. Davis, quartermaster, third class; Emil Frederiksen, water tender; Rade Gribitch, seaman; William S. Shacklette, hospital steward; Oscar E. Nelson, machinist’s mate, first class; Otto D. Schmidt, seaman; Frank E. Hill, ship’s cook, first class. The general order reads: “The attention of the department has been called to the extraordinary hero ism displayed by the officers and crew of the United States steamer Benning ton at the time of the lamentable dis aster which overtook that vessel while lying off San Diego, Cal., on the fore noon of July 21, 1905. The crisis which oocurred with such terrific sud denness and destruction was met by the officers and crew with readiness and resource. Men grievously wound ed forgot their own injuries and rushed back in the tower of scalding water, steam and ashes to rescue their un fortunate shipmates. “Amid such a display of self-sacri fice and heroism it is difficult to select individual Cases, but, after a careful perusal of all the reports and in ac cordance with the recommendation of the commanding officer of the United States steamer Bennington, the com mander-in-chief of the Pacific squad ron and the bureau of navigation, the department takes great pleasure in awarding medals of honor and a gratu ity of $100 to each of the men named.” PUGILIST TAUGHT TO PRAY. 3tarts in to Ridicule Washington Salvationists and Gets Religion. A tall, broad-shouldered man stood on the outskirts of a crowd of people that had assembled at Pennsylvania avenue and Eighth street one night a few days ago to hear the songs and preaching by the Gospel Army soldiers, relates the Washington Star. The big man, who was more than six feet in height and very muscular, wore a leer ing smile on his face. Commander Mowbry had just con cluded a fervent prayer and Evangelist James M. Little was leading in sing-' ing an inspiring gospel song, when the gigantic man was seen to elbow hi» way further into the crowd. He listened attentively to the music and testimonies and the leering smile faded from his face. Finally as the meeting “warmed up,” the big fellow pressed to the very center of the group and went down on his knees on the roadway. The Gospel Army men prayed with him, and finally he arose and address ing the assemblage said he was a prize fighter. “I came into this crowd to ridicule these Christians and fight them, if need be,” he said. “But, friends, some thing has gotten into my heart and I feel like fighting for God and the right.” The big man shouted “Hallelujah,” and said he was going to return to his deserted family in a nearby state, adding that he had left home and friends to go on a debauch, but since attending the street meeting his eyes had been open in a jiffy and in the future he intended to lead an upright life. Old Libby Prison Door. Over in Washington a Pennsylvania avenue saloon displays a door of old Libby prison, Richmond, about the only thing not taken to Chicago when the old pile was taken down piece by piece properly marked for reerection there. It has a great lock attached to it and on it old soldiers’ names are cut. Recently a New Yorker visiting Washington ran across this old relic and wired home for an old key. It fit ted the lock precisely and since then it seems that all the survivors of Ho tel Dick Taylor, Richmond, around about Washington, have gathered there for swapping old recollections. One night the enterprising saloon keeper served hard tack and old Johnny Red drink—made of bad whisky mixed with good—pretty sharp to the taste, and with results that few soon forgot. The door belongs to a gentleman named Moncartte, who lives just out ■ide of Washington. Washington Woman’s Work. Mile. Nelka De Smernoff, formerly of Washington, whose lather was a Russian diplomat, while her mother was Miss Blow, of St. Louis, is doing excellent work among the ill and poor of Russia. For many years she was a favorite in Washington society. COULDN’T RECALL THE POINT They All Enjoyed the Story Presi dent Harrison Told, But For got the Joke. Speaking of Senator Allison, I recall a story, relates a writer in Judge, which in its time was much enjoyed by those who persisted in regarding President Harrison as hard to get at. The senator arranged a call on the president with three Iowa friends who desired to pay their respects to the/ chtfef magistrate. There was no delay, and before they could catch their breath the grangers found themselves shaking hands with the man whose face they had seen in all the magazines and newspapers and on innumerable banners and transpar encies. They had heard the persistent stories of the president's frigidity, and were surprised at the warmth of their reception. After a few commonplace remarks back and forth, the president alluded to the senator's then recent nar row escape from defeat for reelection, and was reminded of a “funny incident" in some Indiana campaign in which he, himself, had narrowly escaped defeat. The four Iowans laughed heartily at the story, and again shaking hands with his excellency, departed. The story, as told the next day by a facetious correspondent was that, on re suming their seats in the carriage. Sen ator Allison turned to Col. Swalm (pres ent consul at Southampton, Englandl and said: mat was a ciever story tne presi dent told.” Tlie colonel responded: “Yes, sen ator; very good. Somehow, I hadn't thought of the president ars a good story teller.” The senator continued: “That was a capital joke at the end of it, but I can’t just now recall it. Give me the point of it and it'll all come back to me.” The colonel turned to the Iowa editor who sat opposite to him and said: “Brigham, you remember the point of that joke the president got off. What was it?” The editor at once grew thoughtful, and, after a brief silence, replied: “I remember the story in a general way, and I remember the joke at the end of it struck me as very funny at the time, but for the life of me, I can’t re call it now.” Turning to a prominent Iowa politi cian who sat next to him the editor said: “Pat, you must surely remember it, for I observed you laughed louder and longer than the rest of us.” By this time Pat had sunk down into the big fur collar of his capacious over coat and was almost asleep—for he had been out late the night before. The ques tion was repeated, but the only response was a gruff “damfino.” CHOICE OF HOUSE SEATS. Procedure Which Never Fails to Prove of Interest to the Gallery. To the onlooker in the gallery the most interesting procedure in connec tion with the organization of the na tional house of representatives is the drawing for seats, says Youth’s Com panion. Any ex-speaker among the members is usually allowed a choice before the drawing begins. Mr. Keifer, of Ohio, who returns after a long ab sence, is the only man to avail him self of the privilege this time. A like privilege is also accorded, as a rule, to the floor leader of each party, that he may be well situated to command his forces. All others take their chance. All the seats having been vacated and the members crowded together in the open space in the rear of the hall, a blindfolded clerk at the desk draws a number from a receptacle contain ing as many numbers as there are members to choose. The member against whose name it stands in the alphabetical list goes forward and se lects a seat. A page inserts the mem ber’s card in the slip made for that purpose. This holds the seat, although the member himself usually occupies it during the drawing, so that others can tell, as their turns come, what places remain. The Republicans occupy the side at the speaker’s left, the center aisle sep arating the parties. The Democrats do not fill half the chamber, and so the overflow of republicans takes the extreme right of the house, known as the “Cherokee strip.” No small share of a member’s effec tiveness in debate depends upon a good location. Speaker Cannon’s Gray. After the holiday recess Speaker Cannon will blossom out in a suit of homespun gray. Recently he received several yards of cloth from a rural constituent, whose wife wove the fab ric from wool grown on her husband’s sheep. The cloth is of heavy tex ture, and is a Christmas gift to the speaker, who is having it made up by a Washington tailor. German Wife. Aoki, the first Japanese ambassador to Washington, will probably bring with him to this country his wife, who is a German. He was educated in j Germany, and was sent to that country i several times as minister. Seeing Things. 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