Huge is the tiger

His stripes are finer

He’s a real fighter

And is mightier.

 The Grateful Tiger.

A TIGER had a live dog cruelly thrown into its

cage one day. Not being very hungry, the usually

fierce creature did not touch the trembling little

victim. This quietness gave the dog courage, and

he began to lick the tiger's eyes, which were sore.

This act seemed pleasant to the wild beast, and the

dog continued it from time to time, till the eyes of

the savage animal got well. The tiger from that

time took his tiny, four-legged doctor under his patronage,

looked upon him kindly, and allowed him to

eat what he chose of the food thrown into his cage.

Henceforth they lived like bosom friends.

Thus you see that even a fierce tiger can be grateful

for a little favor. How much more, then, should

children learn to be grateful to their friends for the

great favors they have received? When I see boys

and girls unkind and insulting to their parents,

who have done and suffered so much for them. I

tell them the story of the tiger and dog, and say

"Children, don't be less grateful to your kind parents than the tiger was to the little dog."


Children's Friend.






THERE are many ways of catching tigers. The cut on this page shows one way, with a looking-glass trap. The tiger sees his reflection in the glass, and his curiosity leads him to examine the strange object. Perhaps he sets up a roar, when the tiger in the glass gives back a roar of defiance. Resenting this insult, the real tiger makes a spring at the sham tiger in the glass, when the heavy trap falls upon him, and he is caught.

I will tell you of another ingenious plan for catching this beast. It is practiced in Oude, and in some of the other provinces of India, where they manufacture a very sticky kind of bird-lime, by means of which numbers of those ferocious animals are destroyed.

The first thing is to find out the tiger's lair.- This discovered, a few hundred broad tropical leaves, covered on both sides with the bird-lime, are spread about. The hunters then retire to a safe distance to await the appearance of the tiger. By-and-by he comes sauntering along to where the bird-lime is strewn, and presently a big leaf sticks to his paw. When a vigorous shake will not release it of the clammy thing, he tries what a whisk at the side of his head will do, and succeeds in smearing an eye. By this time each paw is furnished with an unwelcome slipper, and perhaps his tail is festooned with several, likewise. He now loses his temper, becomes furious, bites at the limed leaves, and rolls among them till both eyes are blinded, and his body covered with a network of leaves, a leafy coat-of-mail, not weapon proof. At the sound of his terrible roars the trappers rush up, and dispatch the blind beast with a shower of bullets.