A GAME BOAR
dispose of my leisure ; so they could all jump well, and had a fair turn of speed. I had two horses out that day. I was on a golden bay with black points which a friend had got for me from Bombay ; the other, a chestnut, was in reserve. About three-quarters of an hour after the beat commenced, there was a great rattling of stones down the hillsides, and a sounder of fully twenty pigs broke, headed by a huge boar. There was a second boar, not very much inferior to the leader; the party broke into two, each led by a boar, and took across the open. As they did so, a perfect feu d'enfer broke out, and the bullets whistled unpleasantly close to my person. I was up and away, as much to escape the missiles of my comrades as to follow the pig. I was on the right side, and the boar, followed by three lanky sows, took the fence, a good four feet in height, like a bird. As he landed only about fifty yards from me, I went for him, and thought I should be into him before he could reach the next hedge, but no sooner did he perceive me, with a squint out of one eye, than he hesitated for a second whether to come at me or to continue his course. He was probably decided by seeing his wives rattling across the fields, and with a grunt, as much as to say* 4 Look out, I have not done with you yet/ he followed them.
I was within two spears' length of him, but could not get an inch nearer. He bounded over the next fence, a particularly nasty one ; I had to steady my horse a bit to enable him to negotiate the obstruction, which he did right well, flying over it, with a good foot to spare. The boar had gained a couple of