Eight Years' Wanderings in Ceylon by Samuel White Baker




















































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A thoroughly saturated soil, with a cold wind, and driving rain
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A Thoroughly Saturated Soil, With A Cold Wind, And Driving Rain And Forests As Full Of Water As Sponges, Are Certain Destroyers Of Scent; Hence, Hunting At Newera Ellia Is Out Of The Question During Such Weather.

The hounds would get sadly out of condition, were it not for the fine weather in the vicinity which then invites a trip.

I have frequently walked ten miles to my hunting grounds, starting before daybreak, and then after a good day's sport up and down the steep mountains, I have returned home in the evening. But this is twelve hours' work, and it is game thrown away, as there is no possibility of getting the dead elk home. An animal that weighs between four hundred and four hundred and fifty pounds without his insides, is not a very easy creature to move; at any time, especially in such a steep mountainous country as the neighborhood of Newera Ellia. As previously described, at the base of the mountains are cultivated rice-lands, generally known as paddy-fields, where numerous villages have sprung up from the facility with which a supply of water is obtained from the wild mountains above them. I have so frequently given the people elk and hogs which I have killed on the heights above their paddy-fields that they are always on the alert at the sound of the bugle, and a few blasts from the mountain-top immediately creates a race up from the villages, some two or three thousand feet below.

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