Of all the swarming herds of wild elephants in the Terai, the Mysore, or the Ceylon jungles no man, white or black, has ever seen one that had died a natural death -- yet many have watched them climbing up the great mountain rampart of the Himalayas towards regions where human foot never followed. The Death Place of the Elephants is a legend in which all jungle races firmly believe, but no man has ever found...
from the Secretary to the Foreign Department, Government of India, confirms the intelligence that Chinese emissaries have for some time past been endeavouring to re-establish the former predominance of their nation over Tibet and Bhutan. In the former country they appear to have met with little success; but in Bhutan, taking advantage of the hereditary jealousies of the Penlops, the great feudal chieftains, they appear to have gained many adherents. They aim at instigating the Bhutanese to attempt an invasion of India through the duars leading into Eastern Bengal, their object being to provoke a war. The danger to this country from an invading force of Bhutanese, even if armed, equipped, and led by Chinese, is not great. But its political importance must not be minimised.
"'For the most serious feature of the movement is that information received by the Political Department gives rise to the grave suspicion that, not only many extremists in Bengal, but even some of the lesser rajahs a
Here we have a remarkable tale of a superman, his super elephant, and even a super snake—the hamadryad or famed elephant-killer snake, known to pursue and drag them down before swallowing them whole.
There\'s a girl, too, but she doesn\'t quite make it into the super category, frequently needing to be rescued.
The goddess Kali is introduced as if the British know nothing about her, despite Calcutta being named after her, and the notorious Thugs being her devotees. Strange.
All in all a remarkable willingness to suspend disbelief is required to enjoy this tale. The author is particularly unrealistic in describing romance, though his magical elephants run a close second.
Really enjoyed this book. First class adventure that you ca'nt put down. Thank you!!!
Love it! Really great book!
Yes, just read it, it's a beautiful book.
God bless you! Thanks Project Gutenberg once more.
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