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ST. LANDRY DEMOCRAT
OTELOUSAS. LOUISIANA MY FLOWER. All in the early morning hours 1 walked through blooming garden bowers, Where purple pinks and pansies grew, And roses sparkled in the dew. They were so lovely in my sight, 1 plucked the red ones and the white, And with full hands wandered down "Until I reached the busy town. Then round me, lika a swarm of bees, Came ragged children, crying "Please! Oh. please give me a flower!"—And so 1 had to let my treasures go. 7 gave them, every one, away; But somehow all the long, warm day, Those flowers seemed just as sweet and bright As if they stjil were in my sight. —HanjE. liradleij in. St. Nicholas. AN AWFUL FIGHT. A Cora bat Between a Tiger and a Lion. After an encampment of two weeks at Bangalore, we moved to the north west for thirty miles, and made a new camp oil a creek which emptied into the Cauvery river, twenty miles below ns. There had been no shooting done in this neighborhood for many years, for the. reason that a fever plague had carried off hundreds of the natives and depopulated many of the villages. Game had had an opportunity to in crease. and wc had reason to look for ward to some exciting sport A native hunter, living near Seringapatam, and who was with us in charge of the; serv ants. had been told by good authority that lions and tigers had come into the abandoned district until they were as plentiful as hares, and that we should lind a hunter's paradise. We pitched our camp on a cleared spot on the right bank of the creek, which had two feet of water in it and ■was about ten feet wide. It was a hilly country all about us, with the ground fairly well timbered. Half a mile below us was an abandoned native village, and many acres of ground which had once been tilled were now grown up to bush and weeds. We went into camp about an hour before sun down of a summer's day, and the tents bad not yet been pitched when one of the natives routed out anil killed a poisonous snake ten feet long, and an other declared that he saw a panther moving in the thicket across the creek. We cut down the smaller trees and bushes and built a strong in closure for the riding horses and pack animals, and then ran a breastwork of brush clear around camp. A lion or tiger could clear it at :t bound, but neither beast ever enters an inclosure off hand. He must be pressed by hunger, or desperate with rage. It had just come to be twi light, and wc were still working at the north side of the inclosure, when the fact that we had big game at hand was proved in a sorrowful way. A native young man about seventeen years of age, who was one of the brush cutters, was engaged with others about 300 feet from where we were at work. It was the last load to be brought, and he was last of all. He was picking up his load when a tiger sprang upon him from the bushes. Every one of us heard the marl of the beast and the cry of the man, and, indeed, there was the whole scene right before our eyes. The vic tim, as he was hurled to the earth, fell upon his face. The tiger seemed to turn him over three or four times, and then seized him by the shoulder and started ofl' with him—not into the thicket right at hand, but across 200 feet of perfectly open ground toward the creek. For a few seconds all of us seemed turned to stone. Then there was a rush for the rifles, which were fortun nately near at hand. There were three or four old soldiers and tiger hunters with us, and their presence of mind brought about the death of the beast. Some of us would have hesitated to lire, knowin r that our bullets would be as apt to hit the servant as the tiger, but two or three men shouted for every body to blaze away, and five or six re ports followed one another in quick succession. These men reasoned that the native was already mortally hurt, and that it would be better for him to die at once by one of our bullets than to be carried off and eaten alive. I have personally known of four or five cases where men have been seized by tigers, and I have talked with hunters who knew of many other cases, and there was only a single instance Avhere the victim escaped the fatality of the spring. When the ti^cr leaps he also strikes with Iiis forepaw, and the blow is terrific. The beast and his burden were about half way across the open when they fell in a heap; the tiger was up again in a second, whirled around like" a top, and then, with a fierce growl, lie seized the native again with his teeth and resumed his progress. Wc were advancing as we fired, but the tio-er did not increase his pace by a second, and between the reports of the rifles we could hear him growling in a savage manner. Handing my empty rifle to a servant, I drew my revolver and ran full at the animal from an angle, determined that he should not escape. He bore off a little to avoid me as I opened tire. I knew I hit him, for I saw him wince, but he kept straight on to the bank of the creek, and after taking a new hold of his burden he made a spring, landed on the other side and fell into a heap, dead. The servants crossed and brought over both bodies. It was with the native as the tiger hunters had suspected. In leap ing upon him the animal had given him a blow which broke his neck. The one cry we heard was all that lie ut tered. When we came to look his dead body over, we found that four of our bullets had hit it, but he was dead long enough before a shot was tired. In the case of the tiger, he had been hit nine times, and three of the bullets had reached vital spots. One of his fore legs was broken, and he had carried his burden the last thirty feet and made the spring across the creek ou three legs. The next day was ushered in with a drizzling rain, and it was nearly de cided not to have any general beat-up for game, but to overhaul arms and trappings and make ready for the next day. Soon after breakfast I took my repeating rifle and navy revolver, slip ped some extra cartridges into my pocket, and set out alone to have a look at the deserted village below us. "I warn you to be careful sir," cau tioned a native tiger slayer as J passed the spot on which he was mending a saddle. "Oh. I have no fear, and the wild beasts will be asleep this morning, any how." "Some may not," he answered, with a dubious shake of the head, and he was looking after me as I entered the brush. I had forgotten to say that during the night we were greatly disturbed by the noises around us. We kept several large lires going, and while these pre vented marauding bea ts from coming too near, the glare probably attracted them to the locality. One could dis tinguish the spit of the panther, the snarl of the tiger, and the voice of the* lion; and added to these were the howl of the wolf, the chatter of the hyena, and the yelp of the jackal. Truly, we had struck a rich fimi. Driven out of the other districts, the beast creation had made their way to this, and the sound of a hunter's rifle had not beeu heard here for years. I had not gone a quarter of a mile from camp when a large black snake ran hissing away from my feet, and I heard a wild beast of some sort making its way in the thicket. These were proofs that I could not be overprudent, and thereafter I kept my eyes about me and my rifle ready for instant serv ice. The village was strung along the creek for half a mile, but the first hut I came to was an inclosure that had been used for a council house. The four walls were of adobe, while the roof was thatched. There were really but three walls, one end being left open except a slight return of each side wall. This open space was at least twenty feet across, while there was room enough inside for 400 people to sit or stand. The open end looked back in the direction I had come, and twenty feet away was the beginning of a wall which extended for about 300 feet. It was about four feet high, made of adobe, and I could not make out for what purpose it had been erected. If an enemy had been expected to ap proach from east or west this wall would have been a good breastwork, al though its left flank could have easily been turned. I stood there for three or four min utes scanning the interior of the build ing, and then walked to the further end of it. There was a couple of whitened skulls on the ground, and 1 gave one of them a kick. As I did so an insect or a reptile of some sort issued forth with great swiftness and stung or bit me on the left wrist. Its movements were so rapid that. I could not say whether it flew or sprang at me. I simply caught a glimpse or two of a dark, hairy object, and then felt the pain, which was as severe as if I had been touched with a red-hot iron. I car ried an antidote for insect and reptile poisoning. Near the great doorway was a block of wood, and I went to it, pulled off my coat, pushed up my sleeve, and examined the wound. There was but one puncture, but it had drawn blood, and the flesh was rapidly reddening. • I brought my arm up and sucked away at the wound for two or three minutes, and then applied the antidote and wrapped a bandage about it. I must have drawn the poison out, but nevertheless I soon found my self as weak as a babe, and my head seemed four times too large for my body. Indeed, I was afraid to stand up for fear that my body would not support the head. This feeling began to go away in about fifteen minutes, and I was just congratulating myself on my lucky escape when I turned my eyes to the north, or toward camp. The sight thrilled me like an electric shock. Close beside the wall, on the left hand side, was a tiger, a ror.sing big fellow, who had seen fifteen years of life. On the right hand side, and also close to the base of the wall, was a medium sized male lion, and the atti tude of bo'h plainly showed that they had been stalking me. It was a still hunt, and i was the victim. The lion had come out of the bush to the right, and the tiger had come out of a thicket to the left and crossed the creek. Neither animal could have seen the other, and thus they were nut aware of each other's presence. Had 1 remained in the building with my back to the door another moment one of the beasts would undoubtedly have crept close enough to make a spring. When I turned about and sat down on the block of woodlthe movement upset their calculations and made them tiiuid for the moment. Under certain circumstance any wild beast loses heart. A move which is a surprise and not clearly understood will make curs of them at once, and a second move will put them to ignominious flight. When I o -,)t sight of the beasts the lion had half turned, as if to sneak away, while the tiger was crouched against the wall, and appeared shame-faced. Had I risen up and swung my hat and yelled both would have bolted, but I must confess that, taking my pain and and the general situation into account, I was badly rattled. I couldn't think just what ought to be done, and there lore did nothing. This, after a moment, encouraged the beasts, and then came such a situation as few men were ever placed in. I had opportunity to see here, a lion and a tiger approaching a victim waiting to be struck down. I have wondered a thousand times what could have come over me to sit there with my gun within reach and my re volver in its holster and make not the slightest move to save my life, while those fierce brutes crept nearer and nearer. I think the poison benumbed and stupifieil me to a certain extent. 1 hat is, while my brain was never more active and my eye-sight keen. I felt helpless to move, and my mouth was as dry as if I had the fever. I knew my peril as fully as any one could, Inrt when I thought of grasping my rifle and sighting it the exertion required discouraged me. The lion was the bolder of the two. After making up his mind that I could not harm him, he held his head up, swung his tail about, and advanced at a slow pace. I was unfler cover, and he might have suspected a trap. But for this he would have probably made a rush. The tiger displayed exae'ly the same characteristics as a cat creeping upon her prey. He crept, crawled, twisted about, and sought to shelter his body behind the slightest tuft of grass. He did not however, take his eyes off me for the tenth of a second, and the nearer he came the more his great lips parted to show his yellow teeth. He was as supple as a snake, and nothing could be more graceful than his movements. I could see his tremendous muscles quiver as he mov ed, and I remember of what power he must have in his legs. It was all of ten minutes before the beasts approach ed the point where they realized each other's presence. You would have thought, with only a wall separating them, that they must have heard or scented each other. The fact that they did not was probably owing to the excitement under which they labored. By and by the lion was almost at the end of the wall, and near enough for his spring. He crouched down, switched his tail in a menacing way, and I plainly saw his talons dig into the earth as he gathered his muscles for a great effort. While there was a settled determination on his part to make food of me, there was a certain trepidation of his general demeanor. It was plain that he was mystified, but his ferocious nature prevailed. The tiger kept abreast of the lion, and he was the first to take the alarm. He evidently scented the lion, for he reared up, snuffed the air, and then flung out a paw and spat like an angry cat. This noise startled the lion, and he rose up, showed his teeth, and took his eyes off me for the first time. Either animal could easily have leaped the Wall, but neither attempted it. The tiger took on a fiercer look and drop ped some of his stealth, but the lion reached the end of the wall first, uttering a roar of defiance and evidently expecting to meet an enemy. The tiger was four or five feet from the end of the wall, and the move he made was s » quick that my eyes could not follow it As the lion's head showed around the wall the big cat made a lightning spring, and the next instant the two were rolling over and, over at my feet, fighting as only such beasts can fight, and growling in a manner to make my hair turn j. ray. It was then that strength came back to me, and I rose up, but instead of rush ing away I ran back into the building. Reaching the rear wall I stood there a prisoner and a spectator. The first clinch lasted about three minutes, and wa3 characterized by such ferocity as I can not describe. While tho lion and the tiger are probably nati.-ra. enemies, 1 suppose the ft'-', that, both had planned to make meat of me, and both fell themselves disappointed, aroused all their ferocity. .Most of the time during the first clinch they were, rolling over and over like a big ball, tearing, biting :.nd growling, and the movements of the tiger were much tho quickest. They finally separated, each backed off a few feet, and each stood broadside to me. 1 could see half a dozen blood-stains on t lie lion s side, while the tiger had been terribly bit ten about the neck, and there was a bloody scratch on his quarter. They faced each other for about a minute, the lion roaring in a deep bass and the tiger snarling like an enraged cat. Then, as swift as a flash of lightning, the tiger bounded through space and alighted on the lion's back, and aaiti they rolled and tumbled about The fight was too fierce to be kept up long, and too determined not to result in severe injuries. When the beasts finally struggled to their feet, the tiger had hold of the lion just back of the foreshoulder and he hung there and worried the king as a dog would a sheep. Twice the lion yelped out as if he had lost his courage, but he suddenly made a grand exertion broke the ti mer's hold, and then turned and caught him by the neck. I thought all was over with the cat. The lion actually lifted him clear off the ground and sh iok him, and this time I lit; tiger whined. After a bit, however, he twisted his body around until his hind claws came into play, and then the lion had to let go. There was another rest for a minute or two, and again the tiger was the aggressive part}*. This time they fought more like dogs, neither seeming able to down the other and they kept wor ,ing away from the building towards the creek. I advanc ed as they retreated, and they were still doing their best to destroy each other when they rolled ofT the bank into the creek. Each was cover ed with blood from nose to tail, and the injuries inflicted must have been serious. The tumble into the water separated them, and while the tiger reached the opposite bank at one spot, the lion crawled out at another thirty feet away, and both limped into the forest without the slightest desire to renew the fiirht— K. Y. Sun. GOOD DISINFECTANTS. How Many Live-Stock Diseases and Ail ments May Be Prevented* Cheaper than cure, especially with live-stock, is prevention. While with many contagious diseases, it is, of course, often impossible to keep ani mals from being attacked, yet by using good care valuable aid may be given in keeping the stock intact, if kept in a good, thrifty condition, and with reference to good health, there is very much less danger of animals being at tacked, and if attacked, they are in a much better condition to withstand the inroads of disease. Filth breeds disease, and is indirect ly the principal cause of <he larger proportion of diseases in our live-stock. And when stock are kept reasonably clean, and are provided with warm, clean, dry quarters, and are fed upon clean food, ordinarily such stock will be healthy. In order to do this to the best advantage, it will be necessary to thoroughly disinfect the poultry house, pig pens, cow and horse stables, and the sheep sheds. All need thorough cleaning, and when difficulty arises, disinfection. Especially should thor ough work in this direction be given in the spring. In a great majority of in stances the stock have been more or less confined, and as a natural conse quence these places have become more or less foul, and in such a case it will almost certainly cause disease or breed parasites, in some respects fully as bad as disease. Where the pens are close enough to admit of thorough work, burning roll sulphur is a good disinfectant; add a little old grease, so that it will burn well. Crude carbolic acid is another good, cheap material that can be used to good advantage. As it is a poison if taken internally, some care must be taken in using. The places should be thoroughly cleaned out and then the carbolic acid, diluted with water, be applied freely. A good brush will, for most purposes, be the best, as it will reach the cracks to the best advantage. Lime applied as a whitewash is very valuable to pu rify, and also to destroy germs and parasites. Carbolic acid can be added to the lime whitewash : fter it is made, and it will be all the more valuable. Any of these are cheap, and should bo used liberally in the spring, aftei cleaning up. The work should be done reasonably early, before the warm days come on, and other farm work becomes too pressing.— Farm, Field and ,Slock* man. —The consumption of gold in the arts of the United States is estimated at about $3,500,000 per annum, and in the world at $20,000,000. — Brookly: Eo.jlc. —Forty million pounds of maph sugar arc made in this country eu«-' year. DOMESTIC TOPICS. Facts of All Sorts Which livery Woman Wants to Know. Baking-soda put on a burn will re lieve the pain. A novel napkin ring is of antique brass in repousse finish. j Covert coats in tan and other light i colors meet with increasing favor. There is no economy in purchasing cheap black goods, particularly cheap crape. Metal cord and gold bullion gimps are shown for trimming wool di esses and coats. If skim milk is plentiful use it for 1 cleaning painted floors and oil-cloth, in preference to soap. Wash tins in hot soap, then dip a wet rag in fine, sifted coal ashes, scour well, and polish with dry ashes. Spring mantles are exceedingly short and scarf-like bead trimmings are more fashionable and more beautiful than ever. A new use of pretty low-priced siik handkerchiefs is to join them together with insertion into table covers, pillow shams or spreads. i White gloves are coming into favor for evening wear. In spite of the an nouneomcnt of elbow lengths, they are ! still worn up to the shoulder. Scotch ginghams in stripes, checks or 1 plaids; striped sateens, India linen in two colors, percales, Chambery and prints are provided for wash dresses for li tie girls. i For little boys or girls an attractive suit consists of a white India linen sail or blouse, with a colored kilt of ging ham or lawn and sailor collar and cutis of the same. The mahogany-colored English glove, with very broad black stitching on the ; back and four large buttons, is very popular, and both stitching and but tons have increased in size. Dainty little fairy lamps now come in form of copper, silver or glass ! globes with perforations studded with cut stained glass, through which the light shines out in brilliant hues. Chintz, well selected, makes an effee ! tive wall-covering. It may be strefeh | ed on frames like tapestiy, but the I easiest way is to tack it on the walls with ornamental nails and gimp. Crosses, crowns, pillars and the like are becoming bad styles at funerals. The hand of affection is presumed to gather anil place the few perfect flowers that lie on the coffin's I d. Beads of every color, pale pink, am ber,'blue and white, as well as jets, garnets, steel, silver and gold-lined beads that do not tarnish, are made into passementeries for dress trim ming. It is predicted that straw bonnets of the coming season will be in shades to match new spring goods, comprising old rose, old blue, new greens, dull reds and mahogany colors, and will be trimmed with a combination of upright bows of loop-edged ribbons and small, stiff wings or fine flowers. A physician advises women who want good complexions to wear thick, home knit woolen stockings and heavy calf skin boots, with double uppers and triple soles, from October to May. and to avoid rubbers altogether, except a pair of rubber boots, to be worn through snowdrifts or a flood of water. Hot water is a more efficient cleanser of the skin than either cold or warm water, because it better dissolves grease and other secretive and excre tive matters, says Dr. Anna Kingsford. But the use of hot or warm baths too frequently is injurious to the general health and to the skin, causing enerva tion and loss of tonicity.— N. Y. World. Dusting About Stoves. A good deal of dusting around eoal stoves and open fires may be done to advantage with a damp sponge. An experienced house-keeper uses a large, ■coarse sponge, once devoted to wash ing carriages. Throw it into a pail of warm water, and add a teaspoonful of spirits of ammonia. Squeeze it out as dry as possible and pass it quickly over the plain furniture, the paint, the zinc, the corners of the carpets, the oilcloth, etc., rinsing out occasionally. It will remove every bit of dirt, and not merely disperse it into the room, as a cloth or feather duster too often does, and leave a bright, shining, clear sur face that is very gratifying. While you have the pail in hand you will find it easy to wipe oil' finger marks or traces of that grime which seems to come, no one knows how. You give a cleansing touch here and there to doors, cupboard-shelves or tables, with very little loss of time, and without any of that deliberate effort required for regular cleaning.— Boston Budget. —There is now ample evidence that the use of oil may be of considerable service in lessening the effect of danger ous seas. In one case the "slick" made by the oil extended thirty feet to windward, and the United States Hy drographie Office concludes that the oil is of use when the vessel is reaching ahead at the speed of eight or nine knots, with a beam wind aud sou,— Frank Jjeslies Weekly.