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Something like an hour's journey by boat brought me to a perfect El Dorado of geese and ducks. When we had reached the extensive a jheel,a or swamp, where they most did congregate, one of my men procured me a small native boy, who was delighted at the prospect of paddling me about in his own canoe. I had soon taken up my position in the bow with gun and ammunitionathose were the days of powder-flask, shot-belt and wadsaand we forthwith raised the alarm, the immense numbers of fowls fairly blotting out the bright sky for several moments.
I discharged both barrels into the flock, and, ere I could look round, my amphibious little guide was in the water, retrieving the dead and wounded, which were all ordinary ducks and geese in excellent condition. As this was a very likely place for an alligator, I felt extremely nervous on the boyas accountathe only drawback to a very pleasant and exciting day; but as he seemed rather to enjoy it than otherwise, I tried to persuade myself that the danger was one of my own creating. He enjoyed both the fun and the a tip a I gave him, for it was not every day he had the chance of earning a rupee.
Ere many weeks had rolled by, the kaleidoscope of military affairs was again shaken, and, to my infinite regret, the battery was ordered elsewhere.
My country house had therefore to be vacated; and I believe that even the colony of rats, lizards, frogs and mosquitoes, with which I had shared it, regretted my departure. The snakes, upon whom I always waged unrelenting war, were doubtless mightily pleased. As for the others, as long as they kept their place, I lived, and let live. Their name certainly wasalegion !
Whatever may have been my regret at the suddenWhatever may have been my regret at the sudden