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effect rather high up in his side, the point was not the most prudent step' a man exposed to me; those from the third were ever took,) with my left foot in advance, received in the animal's mouth, as he was directly over her to the opposite side of coming with distended jaws towards us, the hole, when wheeling about on the inwhen they carried away half his tongue stant, and having then a full view of her and one of his fangs; whilst those from head, from which the muzzle of my gun the fourth discharge passed either through was hardly two feet distant, and my left or immediately near to his heart, and cau foot still less, for it was partially in the sed his almost instant dissolution.”
entrance to the den itself, I sent a bullet So much for the chasse of the bear through her skull. on skidor. But Mr Lloyd slew se
“ I now called loudly 'to the people, veral bears with his own rifle, on
none of whom, nor even the other dogs,
which had been questing to some birds in simple foot-sole.
Once in a very another part of the forest, had as yet come close thicket, when stooping down
up,—for I was rather apprehensive the
This system of stealing in upon and not a suspicion it was to the bears; and in
“ My apprehensions as to the cubs atmals. But the danger is great. For, tempting to escape were, however, groundwhen smothered with snow, both be less, for they still continued quiet; at low and above, what if you miss your for the old bear, who, as is usual with
first, indeed, we could see nothing of them aim ? Instant death. On another occasion, Mr Lloyd lying in the front of the den, and we
those animals when they have young, was shot “ the Branberg Bear;" and on
therefore almost began to think we had hit another, he destroyed a whole den
upon a bear distinct from those of which full.
we were in search. “ Though the dog had found the bears, “ On the people, however, introducing I did not at the first moment observe the a stake, and moving the old bear a little to entrance to their den, which was an ex the side, one of the cubs, and subsequently cavation in the face of a little rising situ. a second, and a third, exhibited themselves, ated between, and partly formed by, the all of which I dispatched, either with my roots of the surrounding trees. On disco own or with Jan Finne's rifle. vering it, however, at once sprang on to
“ The work of death being at length the top of the hillock; and though at that completed, we drew the bears out of their time immediately over the den, the bears den. This, however, was of such small distill remained quiet.
mensions, that it was the admiration of “ On my hallooing, they felt so little us all how they could have stowed theminclination to leave their quarters, that selves away in it.
Bears usually prepare the old bear simply contented herself with their winter-quarters during the autumnal partially projecting ker snout. At this, months, and some time previously to tafrom its being the only point exposed to king possession of them; the animals, my view, I levelled my rifle, which was however, of which I am now speaking, then pointed in a perpendicular direction. having been disturbed from their original On reflection, however, I refrained from lair at a time when theground was hard fro. firing, as I considered that, though I zen, probably accounted for the small size might have smashed the fore part of her of the excavation in which we found them. head to pieces, there was little chance of “ The old bear had attained her full my killing her outright.
growth; the cubs were nearly a year old,and “ Instead, therefore, of firing whilst in of about the size of large dogs. The whole that situation, I stepped, (and it certainly of them were in tolerably good condition.”
Mr Lloyd then describes the pro- in this case, attended Mr Lloyd, were cess of skinning and cutting up bears. very poor, he took only the fat, the The weather being unfavourable, the tongues, and a little of the flesh of operation took place within doors. the bears, so that besides the flesh, The animals were laid on their backs their spoil was worth about five on a table, and when divested of their pounds—no inconsiderable sum in skins, they much resembled, in many Sweden; or, indeed, as the world respects, their breasts and arms in wags, anywhere else. particular, so many human beings. We now take farewell of Mr Lloyd, We remember a shaved bear being and place his volumes in that deexhibited in Edinburgh as a non-de- partment of our library marked script animal—and he appeared to
T. Nimrod.” He has added not a little us to be liker a human being than to our knowledge of the character the showman. The sight, Mr Lloyd of the Bear, and his work contains says, was a shocking one; and forci- much good natural history. Of men bly reminded him of a disgusting ex and manners, he has also given many hibition he had witnessed a few years interesting sketches; and we have a before at a celebrated anatomist's in clearer conception now than we had London—the horrors of which-the before, of Scandinavian scenery and macerating tub, with its attendant climate. Mr Lloyd ought to write vulture-will never be effaced from some more books of the sort, and his imagination. The galls were care- they will sell. By the by, we refully preserved, being considered in member meeting him, a good many Scandinavia a specific against a va years ago, on board a Wick packet. riety of disorders; and the fat, which He was somewhat sea-sick; and beis said to possess such extraordinary ing enveloped in a monstrous dreadvirtue, that if a deal-box be rubbed nought, he was not unlike a bear. with it overnight, on the following Sea-sickness makes a man surly; and morning it will be converted into a our author had nearly devoured a hair-trunk. Only the fat (ister) worthy friend of ours, who chanabout the intestines is used in Scan- ced to tread upon his toes as he dinavia medicinally, or for the hair; lay upon a coil of cable. Under exof which there is but a small quan- asperation, he had a most formitity; the fat itself, (fat,) which on a dable aspect, and his growl was fearlarge bear may weigh sixty or eighty some. We heard some talk about pounds, is merely used for culinary throwing somebody into the sea; but purposes. The hams, smoked, are we came forward in our character of great delicacies; and the remainder peace-maker, and with our crutch of the carcass is either salted, or eat stopt the conflict. Mr Lloyd's wrath fresh-in which state it resembles subsided into a calm; and for the reexcellent beef. The paws are an mainder of the voyage, he resembled exquisite dainty. The skin-in this a halcyon. We were much struck case eight feet long-is worth several with the spirit and intelligence of pounds. In Sweden, it is an under- his conversation; and seeing that he stood thing in the interior of the was a sportsman far above the comcountry, that the man who rings the mon run, advised him to go to Scanbear is entitled to him, and in con- dinavia, and belabour the bears. He sequence, without express permis- had no idea, at the time, who we sion, no other person dreams of dis- were, as we were voyaging incog. But turbing the beast. In Norway, there the hint was not lost upon him; and is an ordinance making the bear
hence these two able-bodied octavos. the property of the man who rings It will doubtless please Mr Lloyd to him in the first instance, and in con
know that the old lame gentleman in sequence, those who either disturb the Quaker garb was Christopher or destroy the animal, without au North. In a month or two we must thority, are subjected to rather se pay our respects to another admirable vere penalties. As the peasants who, brother sportsman, Colonel Hawker
A TALE OF ARARAT.
One sultry afternoon in the month marked Kara Moustapha, the tatar. of September, three travellers on “ We shall have it here by and by, unhorseback, followed by a single at- less old Agri-Daugh* keeps it all to tendant upon a mule, which also bore himself and his evil spirits ; I see it a pair of muffrushes, or Persian tra- thickening over him yonder. Would velling-bags, were traversing the ex the agas choose to take shelter some tensive plain of Erivan, intending, if where, until it passes over ?”. possible, to reach that city early But the agas,t having changed enough for procuring fresh horses to horses more cleverly than is usual carry them on upon their journey. upon such occasions, at Shereer, Of these travellers, two were easily were resolved to maintain their adto be recognised as Franks, or Eu- vantage, and press forward. Perhaps ropeans, in spite of their semi-Asiatic the prospect of a drenching might be garb and appearance; the third, by rather pleasant than formidable in his rough Persian cap, brown wea so heated an atmosphere as that ther-beaten countenance three parts which surrounded the travellers, and covered with a thick black beard,- they therefore continued to urge on his red leather boots, wide shulwars,' their horses at a brisk pace, over the or riding trowsers, and great brown rough irregular ground and long, cloke, as well as by the silver-mounted plain which intervenes between Shepistol and Turkish yattaghan, might reer and Develoo. no less readily be known as the When they reached the latter place, tatar, conducting the two strangers. the storm still lowered, but had not All the three, as their jaded horses burst; and, regardless of the remonand dust-covered persons sufficient-' strances of the villagers, who felt no ly indicated, were travelling chupper, eagerness to produce their horses in or post, along the great highway which such threatening weather, and even leads from Persia into Asia Minor. unheeding the hints of the tatar,
In the grey of the preceding morn who spoke mysteriously of the daning, these travellers, from the height ger of storms in these parts, they inof the winding pass which overlooks sisted upon proceeding: and accordthe great plain of the river Aras, had, ingly, having wrung a change of beasts for the first time, caught a faint from the reluctant Ketkhodah,f they glimpse of the venerable Ararat, left the shelter of the village, somerearing his summit in two almost vi- what late in the afternoon, just as a sionary peaks above the sea of va- great body of cloud, detaching itself pour in which the boundless plain under the influence of a sudden flaw of was rather lost than terminated. But wind, from the mass which shrouded as they pursued their course, and the the mountain, first covered the whole sun arose in the heavens, the dust grey vault of heaven with a dense and exhalations ascended together sheet of curdling vapour, and then, in a darkening haze which enveloped after a few warning drops, descendall the distance, and gradually deep- ed in such a sweeping deluge, that ened into masses of gloomy clouds. for more than an hour the travellers These in their turn became more could see nothing around them, and dense, congregating upon all the had enough to do in urging on their mountains around, and veiling even frighted horses, and keeping to the the plain in unusual darkness, through track which they believed to be the which the sun sent a stifling heat, right one. unrelieved by a single breath of air, Clokes, jubbas, bashlogues, afmore oppressive though less scorch- forded no defence against the pelting ing than his unquenched rays would rain. Wetted in a moment to the have shed from a cloudless sky. skin, the travellers, who had just be
“ There will be a storm soon,” re fore been melting under the influ
* The Persian, or rather the Turkish name for Ararat, signifying the rough or wild mountain.
1. Gentlemeu. | Chief of the Village. S Various Persian garments.
ence of a sultry breathless air, were light shed over half its surface from at once exposed to the unmitigated a setting sun of such glorious splenseverity of a cold and heavy rain, dour as Eastern skies alone are blessdriven against their persons by a pier. ed with, rendered every object indiscing wind;--and they soon suffered tinct. In front, bathed in the same as much from the cold as they had mellow radiance, arose from this lately done from heat. It was no trinoble plain, in solemn majesty, the fling addition to their distress to find grand, the venerable Ararat, gracethat in the confusion and darkness fully rearing its two lofty peaks, unof the storm, they had managed to til their snowy summits, richly lightmiss their road, and had got entan- ed up by the same declinin; beam, gled in a maze of hillocks and irre were relieved against the clear peargular ground which bounds the plain ly sky. A misty play of rich and deupon the north-east; and although licate tints pervaded the whole atthe tatar assured them that neither mosphere, and threw over the landill consequence, nor even material scape that filmy golden haze, so endetention, could ensue from the ac- chanting in autumnalevenings, softencident, the travellers could not en ing every harsh line and too promitirely divest themselves of anxiety, nent feature into ineffable harmony; as delay in any shape was what they while the recent shower had lent to most wished to avoid.
the hues of the foreground, ruddied So intently was the party occupied as they were by the fast sinking sun, in remedying their error, that the a freshness which contrasted not less changes wbich now rapidly took powerfully than happily with the place in the weather, and upon the rich but mellow tones of the distance. face of the heavens, attracted but The deep and lengthened shadow of slight attention. When the violence the mountain which fell across the of the rain, and the depth of the plain, shrowding half its extent in darkness abated, they had indeed re mysterious darkness, finished the picmarked, that a huge pile of clouds. ture, by giving tenfold lustre and still remained around the mountain, effect to its more brilliant features. rearing themselves high into the blue “ Glorious ! Splendid! Magnifisky which began to break out over cent indeed !” burst, after a moment, head--and that the flashes of forky from the lips of the two Franks, as lightning, which darted and played this sublime spectacle flashed, as it. among the mazes of this lurid mass, were, upon their senses. Behold, no less than the sullen roar of distant old Agri-Daugh-there's a mountain thunder, betokened the elemental for you, agas !” echoed the tatar, strife which was still maintained more keenly alive perhaps to the howithin its recesses. But while thread nour of his country and its wonders, ing the intricacies of the ground in than to the splendour of the scene bewhich they were entangled, they fore him. Yet not insensible to the. neither noted the gradual subsidence enchanting contrast of the present and dispersion of this murky congre- hour to that which had preceded it, gation of vapour, nor the clearing of he continued, “See how the grim the heavens above them; so that they old fellow smiles at us after the paswere in no degree prepared for the sion he has beenin ;-one would think scene which was about to burst upon that he never could frown, and that them—a scene, which pen or pencil neither storm, nor thunder, nor lightwould in vain attempt to delineate, ning ever played around his head.”. and to which, for its peculiar simpli- _“By Heavens, CM," exclaimed city and grandeur of effect, the world one of the Franks, after a pause,"it itself perhaps cannot afford a parallel. is well worth riding a few hundred
After winding for some time along miles to see this-well worth a a hollow between gravelly hillocks, drenching, and a cold too, should it the travellers stood upon the brow follow-was there ever such a mounof a gentle eminence which sloped tain! See how it rises in solitary gradually down to a plain, from grandeur from that noble plain, distwenty to thirty miles in breadth, daining all connexion with the pigmy stretching far on either hand, and hills around !”—“And to see it under speckled with villages and gardens. such happy circumstances,"returned But the suffusion of purple and golden his friend; “what a rich crimson and
orange light is powdered, as it were, the tail of that ravine yonder ; there, over all that shoulder—there just just under the cloud to the left of where the sun rests—and how it that great patch of snow; I got to the trembles in lines of radiance down craggy shoulder below, and just to our very feet. And mark how peeped in. But it was quite enough,” finely the sober grey that clothes the added the tatar, with a shudder; rest of the mountain, contrasts with “ I should like to see the man that that rich light-how gauzy and vi- wouldventure further.”—“And what sionary is the contour and substance should hinder him, pray ?”—“ Hinof that loftiest peak, as it retires into der him ? echoed the tatar ; "why, the warm yellow sky which now devils, ghouls, death would hinder rises behind it—and see! how fine him! for what is that place but the and calm the effect of yon streak of very khelwuts of them all ?-and grey cloud which rests upon the up- who would go and thrust his head per shoulder-almost the only re- into the devil's own house?”—“Psha! maining trace of that violent storm!” what do you talk of—devils? I should
“And of what nature is the ground like to see the devil that would keep upon the mountain side?” enquired me from the top of Ararat, if I were the elder of the travellers, address- inclined to try.”—“Don't speak so, ing the tatar, after a pause of some aga; you don't know-others have continuance.—“ To me, from hence, said and thought the same, but-who the slope seems even and gradual, can tell the horrors of that chasmand the ground smooth—is it so in how deep-how dark !---the pit of reality ? has the summit ever been hell is not more terrible, with its ascended, pray ?"-" Smooth ? any black shaggy rocks, and awful prething but that, aga; take my word cipices of ice and snow, from which for it. Many a height and hollow is great masses are tumbling every mithere, many a rocky chasm and ra nute into the gulf at their feet with vine, that would stop the march of a noise like thunder ---and smoke an army. Observe these dark sha- ascends, and forms, oh, too horrible dows and lines; these are deep hol to think of-I could only look for a lows and clefts of unknown wildness; moment, and turned away my eyes but there is plenty of good pasture for very fear of what might come.” land also. See that shoulder there, -“ And, in the name of God, what all red with the rays of the sun-the worse than the rocks and precipices yeilāk * of the Sirdart is there, and could have come to frighten you, he is somewhere thereabouts himself friend ?-What did you dread ?”with his flocks and herds."_“You “ What can I tell, aga ? who knows have been upon the mountain, then?” what might come from Shytaun's TM -" Ay, sir, often enough; that is,' own den ? They say that the devils as far the yeilāks extend.”—“ What, and gins of the pit below, are nono higher?-never tried to get to the thing to the ghouls and spirits which top?” —“Allah-il-allah!- the top of haunt the snow-rifts and the iceAgri-Daugh? me?—no, no, aga—not cracks above-creatures of dim unto be the Sirdar himself, would I try speakable shapes, with pale bluey such a prank-in fine, it is not to be bodies, which fit about with a ghostdone.”—“And why not, pray? It like motion, and fix upon the sons of seems easy enough from hence, and Adam their visionless eyes, that glare there is not much snow.”—“Ai! aga, like those of a dead man in the moonwho can judge of the difficulty or light, until life and sense are sucked danger from such a distance as this? as it were away !-Ugh!”exclaimed -All I can say is, that few have at- he, with a half start, half shudder, tempted the thing, and none have “it seems as if I saw them now.” succeeded. I have gone pretty far “ But if no one has ever ventured myself—once, when I was a mad- among the ice and snow, how is it cap youth, I was tempted, by the known that all these fearful things devil I believe, to go and peep into exist? it must at best be conjec
* Summer quarters in a mountain.
$ The devi! --Satan.