If we take on the one side, the elephant,  hippopotamus, giraffe, bos caffer, elan, certainly three, and probably five species of rhinoceros; and on the American side, two tapirs, the guanaco, three deer, the vicuna, peccari, capybara (after which we must choose from the monkeys to complete the number), and then place these two groups alongside each other, it is not easy to conceive ranks more disproportionate in size.
Lastly, the Toxodon, perhaps one of the strangest animals ever discovered: in size it equalled an elephant or megatherium, but the structure of its teeth, as Mr.
"The drinker of elephant
's blood is Death himself--but still I do not understand!"
What Little Toomai liked was to scramble up bridle paths that only an elephant could take; the dip into the valley below; the glimpses of the wild elephants browsing miles away; the rush of the frightened pig and peacock under Kala Nag's feet; the blinding warm rains, when all the hills and valleys smoked; the beautiful misty mornings when nobody knew where they would camp that night; the steady, cautious drive of the wild elephants, and the mad rush and blaze and hullabaloo of the last night's drive, when the elephants poured into the stockade like boulders in a landslide, found that they could not get out, and flung themselves at the heavy posts only to be driven back by yells and flaring torches and volleys of blank cartridge.
And as soon as there was a lull you could hear his high-pitched yells of encouragement to Kala Nag, above the trumpeting and crashing, and snapping of ropes, and groans of the tethered elephants. "Mael, mael, Kala Nag!
He could not find Deesa, but he disturbed all the other elephants in the lines, and nearly frightened to death some gypsies in the woods.
"Call up your beast," said the planter; and Deesa shouted in the mysterious elephant language that some mahouts believe came from China at the birth of the world, when elephants and not men were masters.
Into this the elephants
plunged, and when we reached the edge we found them struggling in wild confusion to get up the other bank, filling the air with their screams, and trumpeting as they pushed one another aside in their selfish panic, just like so many human beings.
"What a price, good heavens!" cried Passepartout, "for an elephant
Kennedy was intrusted with the job of bringing the elephant
to a halt.
The next day but one a small party of hunters returned to the village from the south to report a large herd of elephant
some miles away.
Some distance ahead of him Tantor moved steadily along the well-worn elephant
trail, and ahead of Tantor a crouching, black warrior listened intently in the middle of the path.
At times Korak was forced to abandon the broad head and take to the trees above, so close the branches raked the back of the elephant
; but at last they came to the edge of the clearing where lay the camp of the renegade Swede, nor even then did they hesitate or halt.
The Hebrew aide-de-camp in the service of the officer at the table bid against the Hebrew gentleman employed by the elephant
purchasers, and a brisk battle ensued over this little piano, the combatants being greatly encouraged by Mr.
La knew only too well the insane ferocity of a bull elephant