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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
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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
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.
Medals for the Brave Men Who Fig
ured in the Bennington
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.”
3tarts in to Ridicule Washington
Salvationists and Gets
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
“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
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
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.
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
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.”
Procedure Which Never Fails to
Prove of Interest to the
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
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
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.
"Sentry.” raid the-newly-fledged lieuten
ant, halting before a sentinel and seeking
to propound a query which would cause
the man embarrassment, “what would you
do if you saw a battleship moving across
the parade ground anti approaching* your
• “I'd stop drinking, sir,” replied the sol
dier, shortly.—Judge.
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Wouldn’t that make you join a Race sui
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