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certainty, and for some time I dodged the animal from tree to tree. The jungle was composed of large forest -trees, and tolerably free from brushwood. Had not the latter been the case, there would have been some difficulty in avoiding him ; as the underwood, while obstructing my movements, would have offered no obstacle to him. At last I got tired. I saw that the question between us must be decided very soon. Accordingly I paused at the foot of a large tree, and awaited the charge. When the elephant was within twelve paces, I fired both barrels at the small shield-shaped depression in the skull at the root of the trunk. He fell, or rather sank down dead at my feet ; both balls had entered the brain.
This elephant was a monster in size. His s measurement was as follows :a
From bottom of fore foot to top of shoulder, )
Height of head.......
From the crown of head along the spine to root )
From bottom of foot to centre of backbone ) between the shoulders . . . . \ Circumference of fore foot * Greatest girth .......
Length of tusks......
* I have measured the fore feet of several elephants, both alive and dead, and have invariably found that twice the circumference of the fore foot is very close upon their perpendicular height. This measurement is a little under the mark, owing, no doubt, to the animal being in a recumbent position. Had it been alive, and standing on its feet, their girth would, doubtless, have been enlarged, somewhat, by its weight.
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