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RIVER-LIFE' UNDER DIFFICULTIES.
It occurred to me that the mosquito curtains were bothering him; otherwise, why should he keep staring at me thus ?
A thousand things flashed through my brain, and the events of my young life marshalled themselves before me in rapid succession. Perhaps my thoughts, varied as they were, did not take many seconds of time, but to me it appeared an eternity : and yet the tiger never moved !
At last the suspense became intolerable; and, having at length resolved to end it one way or the other, I stealthily grasped my sword, and with sudden energy drove it into the curtain and into a soft body, which disappeared with a fearful yellaa pariah-dog ! He and his companions had to their advantage discovered the whereabouts of my food, and it was the sound of the lid falling back on the now empty chest that had awakened me ; and to this day I never could conjecture why one of the troop preferred watching me in that way and giving me such a fright.
Henceforth I bore the race no very friendly feeling, and lost no opportunity of retaliating.
To keep them clear of my sacred precincts, I employed a native bow of peculiar construction, termed a " Golail a and bullets of well-baked clay ; and I soon became a sufficiently accurate shot to convince them of the desirability of giving my quarters a wide berth.
I carefully replaced the lid on the empty provision chest, without telling my 4 factotum a a word of the nightas events; but on calling for breakfast, fully aware that not a crumb had escaped the burglary, I watched his face narrowly and was glad!
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