As I have seen the sport, so I desire to represent it. But I warn my readers that possibly they will find it differ very considerably from some of those descriptions, by which they may have learnt to form their notions concerning it. No large array of elephants to beat through high grass lands, driving thence numberless pigs, will enter into my narrative.
It has been said that in any pictures of Indian scenery, the British public demanded cocoa-nut trees. In like manner they may possibly require that wild-boars, like the Ghost in Hamlet, shall be able to " a tale unfold," in short, have curly tails; but as the Indian wild-boar carries that caudal appendage in a position singularly straight, so I propose to depict him.
And now let me turn to my journals and sketches, and evoke from their half-forgotten places of rest a long procession of phantom pigs and other animals. I look back at them through the mists of years ; but even as I do so, every here and there one particular scene, or one particular vision, arrests my attention, and forthwith the mists clear, the clouds of semi-forgetfulness are dispelled, and each assumes in my memory a " local habitation and a name."
Olim meminisse juvabit might with justice be inscribed on the leading page of every sportsman's note-book or journal; for the time may come, as it has to me, when accidental circumstances prevent him from enjoying the darling sports of his youth, and their record alone remains a cherished though meagre substitute.