The Forests of Upper India and Their Inhabitants

The Forests of Upper India and Their Inhabitants

by Thomas W. Webber


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ISBN-13: 9785518509207
Publisher: Book on Demand Ltd.
Publication date: 09/28/2013
Pages: 398
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.89(d)

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CHAPTER II ROADS THROUGH THE FOREST The five great stars forming the shoulders and belt of Orion, with the sloping line of little stars representing the sword, shone in the blue-black heavens with a brilliancy seldom seen except in the clear atmosphere of the hills in the time of what is commonly called the cold season. A 12-foot-by-12 'sholdarry' tent, pitched on a terrace on the slope of the hillside facing the south, with a pleasant fire of glowing logs just opposite its open door, looked like a forest home of the most agreeable kind. The cloudless starlit sky and still atmosphere, windless and not cold, made it quite delightful to sit under the canopy of heaven just outside the tent door, with the light of a lamp behind and the warmth of the wood fire in front. The remains of an excellently cooked dinner, consisting of pheasant or curried fowl, were cleared away by a native servant with snow-white puggaree and neat winter serge livery. The favourite spaniels, Ruby and Flora, lay under the table, well inside the tent, keeping one eye open to watch in case the prowling leopard might come too near, knowing well that one spring and blow of its cat-like paw would make short work of poor doggie. The stillness was only relieved by the musical sounds of the distant stream, whose murmuring seemed to rise and fall on the ear. The faint noise of many waters cameup from the whole length of the valley beneath the base of the hill. Opposite rose a dark and densely wooded mountain from the depths of the intervening valley, towering to meet the sky several thousand feet from the stream below. Its sharp outline cut black against the all-pervading faint light of the star-speckled vault ofheaven. The bristling tree-tops on the sky-line could be discerned, and imaginat...

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