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Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 9, 1911, Lethbridge, Alberta JGHTI I IFF i rtf or ft fa ro began, to that led to an- we extended} taking thi> with th PIG Creature Ttiit Knows No Fear and Has the lost to sight, of- each other, and then suddenly old of Donkey Engine Behind Its Razor Like Tusks waba-mn began- to sms, h'od. cornered.: a Captain Cook about a mile down the of the shot ahead. JVow the uiake a man's hair rise when be tCihks in cold but with the fever of the chase ia his vehis a hunter will take .many nothing of them. I Jttie darteufbrWaha-hui and the Mmbrl. for all -bis leaped Into tlie air like a monkey, caught a limb Inat above him and swung up out of the way just maddened shot .under the the boar-ln a X-imb Just Above Him and Swinging Out'of'the Way of the Mad- clcncd Animal; rapier or sabre. si. missed! inru short time the growth blocked tbe way. UVIfiiuyjsat.j, one side, the point of kto 1 dogs-abd the-pigs had gone through with with' sened speed, but I wondered how they had done licit the hard at work with, my slasher making a way for myself Maoris came ting our way- _r ____ _______ _.. ._.... and 1 could mount and ride. Uttfe lul' ground, waa while we were close on the dogs, enough. rThey fell-on and though tethering my horse to'the limb of a tree and proceeding on foot with my spear. My heart gave a great bound when I topped a rock aiid saw, in a sort of corner formed by a great burned- 6ff tree and Iti stump, a magnificent tusker at bay. He was facing the three dogs, his-toind quarters in the _., turn away from me I hadichance to itap the rtcover my Waha-oul waa saying "ki-tao" with great ten shouting Instractions to me to drive 'the spear this time even If I did not strike the vital spot By manoeuvring around the stump I got a petition 4.J.V n t_i coign and was making-short, charges at .where tte big. fellow could charge me in first one. and then the other. One of the big dogs had a bad'gasfl In his shoulder and was- bleeding -pro- fusely. It was beautiful to see the lightning like siylng of the boar's head as he mode his little rush and upward -thrust to drive curved Ivory daggers into; a dog. The very action expressed the the-blow and gave a forecast of the-execu- tion if lie struck his mark fairly. ..I: The Maori behind me was crying some In his native tongue, but I did not heed Mm; instead. into I advanced to in- tance only and he loct no fime in freeing himself, frona the dogs .tod; making the effort Shiiklug himself like a dog, he lowered his 'head and- plunged.- Bracing myself. I suddenly lowered point ol the turn hi and felt the heavy shock as tt for which I.had "of slasher were so badly sprung, no more use to me that day. But -w Vas dead, though the dogs, my .horse, Wahu- to plunge the long blade Into the particular spot be-: hind "the, head that would give the game Its quietus. Whafthe Maori "was saying, as I afterward learned, was'-'for 'me to pick my tree, to climb before I my--thrust. The Wicked Little Pig. Now the rongotute saw his new enemy, t. A. little later Captain. tetriJble- counter in Maungataniwa.iwitlT enitlng. He and younger cousin of W both were riding Irjme at of a hnnt in which the party had beceroe Air rfolns a-nd 05poorer. Cap- in -liitf quantity live stock for Among the animals some large English-hogs, these .were landed oo Xprlh din minion and escaped In one hundred stock a {Treat change, has Verfed1 to'a the oTlff-: InaToue, and" makes "the finestof big gariuv _ _. g to' firenk 'if you ai-e willing to; break 1 w lute" 'bush men of 'the North.- Island call yours; a pig hating dog. "The togs "Captain Qooks" or and the -'rongotutes." age fbx.dpft.b'r, turn' tail before a Captain Cook, and the wolf and deer hounds are easy victims .GtiocHiick onlyr.tept me from being- ripped to pieces f Sporting dogs are hone too plentiful In by -of one of the hunts in which I partici- pated- 1903 in the TarannkI District, and T acquired j> vefy respect for them as game 'fisbters and? .-vBotte' male female developi curved tusks thatxar.ebothrsloo.ger and sharper than those of the boars of .Europe, .northern Africa and are larger., more rnngy and ewifter. I have the tusks of the one which nearly did' for.rne aijd mjr and th..ey measure seven and one- Iiaii? oil''. the -..whtlV I have seen them -of 'Maori tohunga or when 'they- measured nine Inches. While In "The1 shorn t age the -wild -hog is compelled to roots, tui-u -over stones; toss aside small. fallen treescaird 'things thti-tf-glve him'access to ants, -'.and "other food: nird this use de- 'lower' "Ja'wVtUk even a twff- khaVe 'Very presentable arms of offence The older- boars and sows, following some natural grind "out the inner sices of the triangular tips until the points are as sharp- as. the pciuts of ..Jvn and t lie edges of the ground portion have, a: cu.tting capacity that is amazing. "Put two- oc-.-thre.e; hundred pounds of ferocious brawn be- i.fpsks ground outjn this fashion and taa; -..ajery dangerous brute., to.the. outside world, the sport- IngjKew Zeal and era .are very fond oLthis sport and now stickjeis" from. India ,or from Egypt or the Soudan, for the most part British army officers, go to New Zealand to try the sport. I have of -them fail tp.admit tlmt.tlic Captain ftce New it is ratlier costly to import dogs to" be slashed up in the so the mongrel the bush- men1 call a cattle dog is the- best. He is the- size of a' collie, but has a short coat and a long nose that is quite "-blunt jtt- end.-: What his origin 'was I cannot imagine, but this dog one that the sheep men are usinjr' more. than any other. The supposition is that firearms are not'unfed against the pigs beda'use that unsportsmanlike, but. I think that the truth is that the-bushmen, discovered. tliat firearms were far less effective tbnm- the spear thr.t every pig- hunter uses. It would be a won- derful shot who" could" hit in a vital spot a charging bbnr surrounded by', dogs with such a percentage of certainty ;tfiat he would not get ripped up in. sbort-_ order. In the Srst place, the death. Is .nearly, always. -In 'a. dense' thicket, at very close-quarters; where are not nearly so 'convenient as steel blades, and where shooting from cover is almost impossible. The standard weapon, therefore, Is the turuhl or short spenf'tnade by lashing a 'busliman's slasher to a- choice staff six feet in length. The steel is fifteen inches long aiid has the -weight thrown toward the which turns up with tfce satna hook seen in a Turkish slipper. 'These are the knives with which a Maori will fight bis way through miles of bush. There arc seven cuts that the skilled knife man uses in making a path, and so peculiar is the poise slasher tba't "bush men-are very frequently the victims of accidental- cuts from their owii knives. The day of -my best -fight we were up before dawn riding away from' the little pa where we had stopped the, -night 'b'jcfd'r a 'breakfast of hot kumara lor uround LillT- i-ri. w. 1 cna riVft'de from the dried und washed down with excellent tea were found fill over the M-.v, from south to 40 south., but .the .c ,_ In addition to the three of us who had made up our awav from the plantations. .1. ington there were four Maori bushraen quantities of them on of. the cattle .dog. sort Vi i and one''smaller mongrel Captain ;Codk tntaftptfie-.bulb-' ,v -a o is odor, which even nostrlh, dulled rtt p -g before that there were several pur some miles off to the north, out of the environs of the pa. With the Constant Danger of Having My Knocked the Limb I Had Missed Him only witbdgaws llj P- engine. v loked, district. In the Kalmanawa of the Hawkes Eav couiitry. in the Rnukmmira of the Wala Pu dis- trict, around the great Lake. Taupa and In tlie region frorrir Mosigonul in the extreme north, south to Ota- Comrades of the Fray. Tlie hooting which I most enjoyed was lu the wll- ikl, on the eastern of Mount and 'Vin Cook'there''and one can clwnys ft bard ride and a good fight. Jiie is a Jbat Is Vthe place, till we were beyond the kumara fields and had struck trsil up the mountain. Just as the sun was comliig'up old Waha-nui, the chief guide, his left shoulder and poised iiii aiaftier ns ho stood on tiptoa, peering- forward over the uhd'ergrowth. for an objective point. When be had settled course he began to cut a path and It was amazihg to' see tbe progress he made. -We walked our Dorics nlowly behind him till at bo led a that had bccir fire two or three beCoro. Here we went forward nnd upward rapidly for ft half niilt and tlien oue of the yownger monjstcpped to the and 'almost at the same instant the mongrel terrier gave tongue and was off to the left On my right was a'Vad; ravine and my friends were on the other dogs were with them, but at the first cry from the terrier they "let their big voices leaping high over the undergrowth, plutyfffl; donsn-the again and went by me before I .had my horse, fuljy. under way. .1 soiind of a crashing In tbe bush to right as If -several larsre; animals were running there on parallel tracks and it was soon obvious that my beat could not equal that which the game and the dogs were making. Straight up the'slope went the. chase, with my friends halloing in the rear they aouifht ti place to round the ravine. Sow the piga-ba'a1 gone over the-ridge and the noise of the, dogs was jtrowlng fainter. I put spurs to my horse; and leaned lewi over pommel of my English try saddens I shot under tbe low boughs of the only ralsiing my bead to get the proper seat when my took fallen logi and clumps of rocks. I had atnick a trail and my horse wa> as glftd.M I to flmlclear going. It WRS a mad, mad half hour'a ride, with j the constant danger of haying my bralua knocHsd the Hmb tree 'or of'f being hurled against a trunk If I my, in tbe .lumoe- Wheu 1 rtacbed tb a.-wicKed rime-cry of rage, he charged, so swiftly.and iso yieiously that be caught the terrier before the dog could and bowled h.lna the way, but in so doing diverted' himself and shot by between me and the for my horse. The poor helpless animal lunged back to tear but the spring of tbe branch gave him no chance of a breaking jerk on the strap. Striking to rip the horse's iBank, the" boar plunged Into the combat, but knocked the horse's legs .from under him and for an instant the two' rolled together in the grass. The elasticity of the limb helped tbe horse to regain hit feet and he tired dogs were trotting to heel. The scent of tute came strongly from the left, when there deep bay among the papa rock. Tbe plunged, in at once, and it was apparent in a few that the bay was a-blind bole and the quarry cornered before It had had any chance whatever to run. Tethering their horses, they cut their or less easily Into the bush and found that the'place- where the pigs had a sort of natural in wet weather, when it.-was filled with Hie.waters of a torrent that at this time was no ihan a "trlcTiiing" stream running in a fall over rocks at the back. From the signs more than one piff-. been stirred, and it was not long before a young- boar and a sow were made out moving- aloag rocks In the, fringe of bush trying to find an outlet e-r place.where they could climb the.sides the bay.. Captain "Mylesing Instructed the Maori to take he took the other, and, cutting their way, they advanced, constantly ready for the charge. boar came first, and Mylesing speared him1 nicely, no- ticing as .so that the dogs were plunging and lunging in the bush to the left He was jutt about to withdraw his spear when-then waa a terrific charge from a big old pig who had been In shadow. The Maori was busy with the sow and some fifty feet away. The charge officer entirely unprepared and the boar's tusk, cittchlng him In ths thigh ripped him.up .to the, waist and hurled him to the ground. got to bis feet, snatched from tbe body of tbe first boar and tried to Ml the-big., pig on the return cfeargerbuVfiejwas buried his the high rump, on the rock, to turn and cnarge. The dog, got out of tbe_way and and droTe. hlg knilft c up the once'more. It was at least a half hour of terrific riding before the dogs brought the pig to bay This -time It was against tbe base of a low cliff with a wall of undergrowth before it Tbe Maoris were not up; and, though I was very tired by fhia J act to work; to cut through to the slope. Barely1 had I got Into before the cliff .when ,oW ,Waha-nul appeared, and thla time i got tae caution to pick out my It waa well that I did We advanced to the attack together, be a llttlo to the rear. Separating to go around a stump, we came uw'itbln .the'-range of .the wicked little eyes of, the koar, busilj fending off tht Like a bolt ho Maori brought him into the pu. tied In the saddle, but could be taken aboard a schooner in Waangaroa Bay. He recovered ultimately, but he will never hunt again. He has a limp and shoulder. He la but one of the many who bare feit the tuaka of Captain Cooki. and serious injuries and fa- talities art not unusual; in fact, it has often been stated that, the percentage of loss of Hfe is higher than In lion Hunting, arid some of the very-best spbrtumeii who have ever come to Xew Zealand have ranked rongotute close to.the Malny seladang and the African buffalo, admittedly the most dangerous beaitv.'tp hunt in nil world. ;