Miscellany: Leopard

For ten moist, murmurous Indian nights a British captain sat behind a bush with an elephant gun on his knees, waiting for Satan. On the other side of the bush a goat was tethered, for it was known that Satan had an appetite for goats. For seven years the Black God had padded on cat feet over 350 square miles of Western Garhwal; in that time he had killed 125 humans, snatching them in village streets, at the very doors of houses. Sixteen Indian shimkaris, paid by...

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