PRIVATE LETTERS OF
relate other wars in which I am engaged. The most serious is a war with the wild hogs, which has now been carried on for a month, much to my discomfiture and disgrace ; for whilst the jungle swine have made numerous successful forays on my land, and eaten up forty young cocoa-nut trees, I have not succeeded, with all my guns and traps, in capturing one of the enemy.
To-night I resort to that base expedient, laying out fowls, and cocoa-nuts filled with arsenic, and, moreover, I have ordered a general Dyak hunt to take place in a few days. My next letter, if I remember the subject, shall inform you of the success of these measures. Poisoning wild hogs I esteem an original, though a dastardly idea, but all is fair in such a war of extermination.
I shall have a better chance of getting home after Labuan is occupied, and I need not tell you how glad I should be to avail myself of a good opportunity.
Give my kindest regards to your lady and all my friends. I dare say I shall have the pleasure, one of these days, of making acquaintance with Miss Dora and the young gentleman.
Farewell, my dear Jack, and believe me ever
Your sincere and affectionate friend,
J. Brooke.J. Brooke.