THE ANIMALLAI HILLS.
to obtain permission for me to kill two elephants in a tract of forest on the hills belonging to an old native prince, the Eajah of Kulungud, which adjoined the Government Leased Forest. Mr. T. had done the old Eajah many a good turn in preventing the stealing of timber from his land, and after a good deal of talking and much diplomacy on the part of my friend, the matter wag. finally arranged, and I was given a written permit to kill two tusk-
sportsman with delight. When
well fed, the men are very strong and capable of great physical endurance. Two of my men once carried a dead wild boar, weighing 230 lbs., three miles through the jungle, up and down hill, halting only twice to rest.
The Mulcer men are of medium stature, well proportioned, very dark-skinned, with rather thick lips and slightly flattened noses, after the African type, wearing no ornaments whatever as a rule, and no other clothing than the loin-cloth. Ordinarily, their
er elephants in the Kulungud Forest.
The day after I reached Toona-cadavoo I formed a regular hunting gang of five picked men to serve me in the jungles as trackers, guides, game-carriers, porters, and general assistants. 1 was fortunate in finding there a hill-tribe, the Mulcers, of which every man is willing to work hard when well fed, is skilled in woodcraft, and is not in the least afflicted with caste prejudice, which is the most important point of all. The Mulcers are really agriculturists, but they will do any kind of work that pays, and live right beside it. They are, by preference, carnivorous in their habits, being very fond of flesh of all kinds, save that of the tiger, and, possessing no fire-arms themselves, they hail the visit of a
(A Mulcer Hunter.')