478 WILD SPORTS OF BURMA AND ASSAM
the Assamese. I also shot game in the Durrung and Novvgong districts, but the sport did not materially differ from that already narrated.
PIG-STICKING ON THE CHURS OF ASSAM
Williamson, the Deputy Commissioner of the Garrow hills, and I had been shooting for a few days in the Churs of the Brahmapootra below Dobree, and as pigs were very numerous, my friend proposed that we should have a shy at them. Neither of us were well equipped for the sport; I had got rusty, as, during my thirteen yearsa residence in Lower Burma, 1 had been unable to indulge in this the noblest of sports. My spears had got blunted and rusty, and not thinking that I should have a chance of using them in such a jungly country as Assam, I did not carry them about with me ; nor had I suitable steeds. I had four good ponies, the best to be got; but none of them were above 13.2a my largesta and the others under. I had put on a certain amount of flesh and was no longer the light-weight I had been in the fifties, therefore these diminutive animals could not carry me as they would have done ten years previously. I had only two ponies out with me ; we seldom took any, but moved about and lived almost on elephants. Williamson had a country-bred mare and a couple of short jobbing spears of Bengal; they are barely 6 feet long, heavily weighted at the butt end ; those I had been accustomed to were from 7A to 8 feet long, and were used for thrusting and not jobbing. Williamson had seen a little pig-sticking in Tirhoot. Although neither of us was properly equipped, the temptation to once more follow a grizzly boar was too great to be resisted, especially as they lay out under the very flimsiest of shelter and in splendid riding ground. So we determined to try first the mainland on the left bank, where the pigs were particularly numerous, the country flat, fairly open, the beau ideal for hunting. Fences and ditches there were none, but occasionally a dry watercourse had to be negotiated ; but most of these had sloping banks, up and down which it was easy going, so I thought