GAME OF ASSAM
29 feet high ; the upright are for the male, the flat for their female relations.
There is a bridge at Nurting made of a single slab of the following dimensions : length 30 feet, width 9 feet, depth 2\ feet. As there is no stone of the description in the neighbourhood, these must have been brought many miles.
The Jynteahs are very similar to the Cossyahs, but perhaps a finer race, but of the same stock. In former days they were possessed of great wealth and power, but successive rebellions and invasions of our territory by them led to their ruin. Our Gurkhas had no difficulty in thrashing them soundly, and they are not likely to repeat their raids in future. Their wealth consists in oranges and betel-nut groves, limestone, coal, slate, and in growing and exporting to Calcutta and Dacca vast quantities of potatoes.
Gowhatty, formerly the capital of the Province, is a very unhealthy place, but since Assam has become a Chief Commis-sionership, the head-quarters have been fixed at Shillong.
The whole country teems with game, which is never likely to be exterminated, for where it lives the land is useless for other purposes, and its pursuit is too costly to enable the bog-trotters to go in for wholesale destruction, and the chances are, not a few would die of malarial fever. The fishing, too, is unsurpassed in India ; the lordly mahseer can be caught in many of the hill streams, and fish up to 80 lbs. have been snared with a rod and line, but the largest I ever caught only weighed 44 lbs.
At the foot of the Bhootan range we have elephants, gaur, gayal, buffaloes, rhinoceros, marsh deer, sambur, hog deer, barking deer, spotted deer, tigers, leopards, and bears. In two localitiesa one to the north, and the other to the south of the Manass in Bagh Dooara there are a few antelope ; the spotted deer are also found at a place called Huttee Muttee Coochgar in the Mungledye subdivision.1 In the vast plains and in the churs and deserted beds of the Brahmapootraa now quagmires
1 Also in a valley close to Bagh Dooar there are several herds of the dappled beauties. The Royal Natural History, misled by Mr. Blandford, states there are no spotted deer in Assam. Quite an error, as I have seen herds and shot some myself.a F. T. P.