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Identifier: australianabroad00hingrich
Title: The Australian abroad on branches from the main routes round the world
Year: 1885 (1880s)
Authors: Hingston, James, b. 1830
Subjects: Australia -- Description and travel East Asia -- Description and travel New Zealand -- Description and travel Middle East -- Description and travel
Publisher: Melbourne, W. Inglis
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN

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make a Javan holiday. The little ones were beingbrought up by hand, and were most interesting creatures. The young of allanimals are that, but these were additionally so from their kingly characterand their rarity. There was nothing frisky about them—indeed, their coun-tenances bespoke a settled melancholy—but the absence of friskiness wascaused, perhaps, by their great weight. Though not larger than a tom-cat ora Newfoundland pup, they were heavy as lead—ever so much weightier thanit was possible to imagine from their appearance. I might have had one as apresent if I could well have lugged it about, but the taking of it under onesarm, as is done with a puppy, was out of the question. In considering the extraordinary weight of these young lions, one could wellunderstand how the adult animal can break the back of a horse by a blow ofits paw. The fibre of a lions muscles lies close and compact as that of lignum-vitae or other weighty wood. There was nothing of fatness about these

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THE GAMELONG. whelps ; their great heaviness lay wholly in bone and muscle of much density..I left the ponderous puppy so offered me with great regret then, and morenow. I had similarly, but for different reasons, to decline a cobra-di-capellooffered me at Lucknow—a snake that was as well trained as any poodle, anddanced to the tunes of a wooden whistle in a fashion that reminded me muchof the famous one-legged dancer, Donato. Like to the native ex-King of Oude, who is kept in a prison-palace near tothe landing-place at Calcutta, this sultan here has a similar fancy for keepingcaged tigers. They illustrate, perhaps, the state of their owners, and a fellow-feeling, and sympathy may thus exist between the pampered tigers and theirpuppet proprietors. Here, at Djockjakarta, eight of these pretty creaturesare imprisoned in one huge wooden cage. It is difficult to imagine how theycan be peacefully fed, and each satisfied with its allotted bones. I was led to A Toy Sidtajir 123 that though

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bookid:australianabroad00hingrich bookyear:1885 bookdecade:1880 bookcentury:1800 bookauthor:Hingston__James__b__1830 booksubject:Australia____Description_and_travel booksubject:East_Asia____Description_and_travel booksubject:New_Zealand____Description_and_travel booksubject:Middle_East____Description_and_travel bookpublisher:Melbourne__W__Inglis bookcontributor:University_of_California_Libraries booksponsor:MSN bookleafnumber:141 bookcollection:cdl bookcollection:americana

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