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indulged in. The raft was then made fast to the further side of the ship ; and some specially constructed gear was next lowered from a crane on the yard arm, and the elephant was slung in the broad leather bands attached to massive chains. Being accustomed to the a howdah a and belly bands, no notice was taken of this ; but as soon as they found themselves hoisted off their feet and suspended in mid-air, mere words would fail to describe their puzzled expression.
On first rising, they trumpeted loudly, but as they reached greater altitudes, all power of uttering even a protest seemed to desert them, and anything more ludicrous I never beheld.
The tackle had been made very powerful, the average weight of the large elephants being calculated ; but to guard against any possible mishap, the rafts were removed as soon as the pachyderms were fairly a under weigh,a so that, had the worst come to the worst, they would only have fallen into the water and swum ashore. When clear of the shipas side, they were swung round until exactly over the main hold, and then lowered. Sometimes a foot would be planted on the combings ; but a gentle tap from a capstan bar soon removed the impediment, and the leviathan disappeared below, there to be cabinad, cribad, confined, and ere long tossed about in the Bay of Bengal. I forget the exact number shipped on this occasion ; but believe it was not far short of ninety, all fine, large animals, very different to anything ever seen in this country, not excepting the late lamented a Jumbo.a
It was impossible not to think of the pitiable condition of these poor beasts, should anything like bad weather overtake the ship out at sea : while the condition of the hold must have been anything but savoury at the best of times; and indeed the effluvia arisingIt was impossible not to think of the pitiable condition of these poor beasts, should anything like bad weather overtake the ship out at sea : while the condition of the hold must have been anything but savoury at the best of times; and indeed the effluvia arising