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A FURIOUS ELEPHANT CHARGE
SAMUEL WHITE BAKER

We had just arrived at the mountain, which we were now leaving to our left, when we suddenly halted, our attention having been arrested by the loud roaring of elephants in a jungle at the foot of the hills, within a quarter of a mile of us. The roaring continued at intervals, reverberating among the rocks like distant thunder, till it at length died away to stillness.
We soon arrived in the vicinity of the sound, and shortly discovered tracks upon a hard, sandy soil, covered with rocks and overgrown with a low, but tolerably open, jungle at the base of the mountain. Following the tracks, we began to ascend steep flights of natural steps formed by the layers of rock which girded the foot of the mountain; these were covered with jungle, interspersed with large masses of granite, which in some places formed alleys through which the herd had passed. The surface of the ground being nothing but hard rock, tracking was very difficult, and it took me a considerable time to follow up the elephants by the pieces of twigs and crunched leaves which they had dropped while feeding. I at length tracked them to a small pool formed by the rain water in the hollow of the rock; here they had evidently been drinking only a few minutes previous, for the tracks of their feet upon the margin of the pool were still wet. I now went on in advance of the party, with great caution, for I knew that we were not many paces from the herd. Passing through several openings among the rocks, I came suddenly upon a level plateau of ground

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