432 WILD SPORTS OP BURMA AND ASSAM
a there are two varieties of the rhinoceros, buffaloes in hundreds, tigers, bears occasionally, marsh and hog deer. The serow is also found in a few of the Cossyah, Jynteah, and Garrow hills. Amongst the Mishmie hills on our north-eastern frontier is found the takin, an ugly-looking brute, somewhat resembling the gnu of Africa. The yak or bungooroo is found in Bhootan ; hogs are innumerable and of vast dimensions, and afford good pig-sticking in some of the churs below Dobree. The hare is only met with in a few places in Mung-ledye, but is more plentiful below Dobree. The pigmy hog and the hispid hare are also found in the Dooars at the base of the Bhootan hills. Leopards often take up their residence in cane-brakes in the midst of large towns like Burpettah and Hazoo. The jackal is very common, but the hyaena, as far as I know, is unknown. The tucktoo of Burma is also to be heard in various places, notably Burneyhat, eighteen miles from Gowhatty, and also inland from Goalpara.
The game-birds consist of the Indian variety of pea-fowl, the ordinary jungle-fowl, two varieties of pheasant, the black and the marsh, and three varieties of hill-partridges. There are also quail, and the florikin is very plentiful, but there are no bustard.
Gowhatty is not a pleasant place to live in, and there was not even a house to be got when I arrived. The Commissionera s clerks occupied the public bungalow, but Mr. Campbell the Assistant-Commissioner, lived in a dilapidated house,and kindly placed half of it at our disposal, and as he was shortly leaving on a tour with the Commissioner, said I should have it to myself ere long. I had a young wife with me, and was rather ashamed of the only accommodation I could offer her, but I got in a lot of workmen and soon converted the tumble-down building into a habitable one.
I had great trouble in getting elephants, the price sanctioned for their purchase being altogether inadequate. The Bhootan war had exhausted the Province of these useful slaves, but after a long fight and much correspondence and telegraphing,