Books: Jumbo in Burma

ELEPHANT BILL (250 pp.)—Lieut. Colonel J. H. Williams—Doubleday ($3).

Burma is full of elephants that never forget. Back in the '20s and '30s, when J. H. ("Elephant Bill") Williams was working as elephant manager for the Bombay Burma Trading Corp., he traveled from camp to camp, inspecting the jumbos whose job was pushing & pulling four-ton teak logs down from the hills.

On such visits, Williams often had to syringe the sinuses of his charges, inoculate them against anthrax, and doctor them generally. He once spent three weeks treating an elephant called Ma Kyaw ("Miss Smooth") for some tiger-claw gouges on her back....

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