became a perfect retriever: he would remain at heel if tolda or hunt if desired well within shot. My elephant got quite accustomed to him, and would allow him to jump on and off, but would not allow another dog to come near him.
One day I hit a snipe ; it flew some way, then towered and fell into the midst of a very large dense sugar-cane field. I never expected to see that bird again, but involuntarily said : a Go in and seek.a He took the fence at a flya was not in the field five minutes when he returned with the bird in his mouth. Dogs dona t last any time in India. I had him for three years, and he thena whilst romping round mea fell dead of heart disease, and I lost a dog that I was as fond of as of a child.
Every now and then we hear a great outcry against snipe-shooting in India. Those who are too lazy and devoid of energy pronounce it unhealthy; but all I can say is, that some of the best-worn and healthiest men in India, even after forty yearsa service, are those who have been devoted not only to big game shooting, but have also been ardent and constant followers of the long-bills.
Of course if people whilst snipe-shooting drink brandy-panee, smoke incessantly, wear linen, sit in their wet clothes when they get home, probably in a draught or under a punkah, or do other foolish things, they must expect to get ill, as they deserve to do ; but for a healthy man who is also ordinarily prudent, not only'no harm, but positive benefit, will be derived from following such sport. If a man is incapable of standing a daya s snipe-shooting, he is certainly unfit for campaigning, and the sooner he retires and vegetates in his club in London the better. Wading in mud and water is a healthful recreation compared to sleeping through the greater part of the day and constantly imbibing pegs and smoking strong tobacco to excess. It is not men of an active disposition who suffer from an Indian climate, it is those of a sedentary habit. With a proper covering to the head, which can be bought for a rupee or two, a man can defy the fiercest sun, and whilst moving about he need not fear getting or being wet, especially if he wear flannel and change his clothes directly he leaves off shooting, which is the best; or, immediately he gets home, has a tepid bath and puts on clean clothes.