1943 Magazine Article, Lion, Tigers Leopards Etc, Big Cats, Color Art
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1943 Magazine Article, Lion, Tigers Leopards Etc, Big Cats, Color Art:
Selling is a 1943 magazine article about: Lions etc
Title: King of' Cats and His Court
Author: Victor H. Cahalane
Paintings by Walter A Weber
This magazine article is about assorted big cats.
Quoting the first page “Tigers and leopards are becoming scarce," wrote a deputy conservator (forest ranger) in his cabin in the Nallamalai Range of India. A strong breeze blew behind him. The screen door flapped open. His gasoline lamp flickered suddenly. A strange presence seemed to be in the room. The ranger's back hair rose in apprehension. Something was rubbing against his chair.
Slowly, cautiously, he turned sideways. Out of the corners of his eyes he saw a TIGER! With amazing aplomb, the ranger got to his feet and eased himself out of the room. Calmly and firmly he turned the key.
>"I have just locked a tiger in my room," he remarked to his boss.
"God bless my soul!" replied the forester, who always said this when the temperature went up or down. He was a bit surprised, but accompanied the deputy around the cabin to the barred window.
Sure enough, there was the big cat rubbing himself now against the vacated table. The forester lifted his gun and took aim.
"I must be devilish careful," he reminded himself. "If I make a bad shot, we may have a man-eater among us."
The tiger leaped into the air. The lamp fell on the floor and was fortunately extinguished by the fall. They could hear the beast thrashing about. For fear that he might break through the bars, they then climbed up the thatched roof and fired through a hole.
All was still.
Flashlights showed that the tiger was dead. The animal was a female. She had died like a lady without uttering a cry. They also found that she had a thigh wound swarming with maggots. Apparently she had been asking for itching powder, Flit, and aspirin!
No wonder this is a favorite story of the officers and rangers of that district. Although occasional tigers have been known to enter a hut or cabin, I have never heard of any other tiger's making a purely social call.
About fifty million years ago the predecessors of the modern cat tribe may have been prowling about in the Eocene forests. They left no trace, however, until the Oligocene epoch, some 20 million years later. Spreading out from Asia, cats hunted in all parts of the world except Australia and New Zealand, Madagascar, and the Polar regions.
During the Oligocene epoch, or perhaps a little before, the cat separated into two branches, the true cat and saber-toothed tiger.
An odd-faced lion-tiger, the saber-tooth's mouth was obstructed by a curved saber eight inches long with inner edges finely serrated. He went around slicing and stabbing mastodons, elephants, and great sloths until they bled to death.
When these big, slow-moving creatures began to die out, the saber-toothed tiger went, too. Life had become too effete. There was no fun eating tender little deer after hacking into thick-hided mammoths!
As a matter of fact, the smaller prey were too agile. The saber-tooth weapon became obsolete; it blocked the animal's mouth for any other type of attack.
Perhaps the climate and food in America disagreed with the large true cats. At any rate, during the Pleistocene epoch, the larger cats, like the saber-toothed tiger, became extinct. The smaller cats have stayed on to present times.
No wonder the cat is credited with nine lives. He is outfitted with foot pads, feeling whiskers, automatic cutlasses, flashlights, and a warm camouFlaging coat.
These coats are coveted by women. A woman often chooses her coat to be conspicuous; the cat prefers his to blend into the background.
All cats are assumed to have originally worn plain-color coats. As time went on, some of them developed camouFlaging patterns to match their Environments. The lion which once lived in the forest is supposed to have made himself a dappled coat, but changed it back to a plain brown when he came to live on the plains. Thus the leopard, according to Kipling (but no scientists) started wearing spots when he went to live in the jungle.
Of course, no one can prove that a cat has actually changed the color style of his coat. Biologists deduce it from the fact that in the lion, cheetah (hunting leopard), and some other cat families, the cubs are born with coats different from those of their parents. Apparently, in this stage of growth they are an evolutionary throwback to earlier ancestors. In a short time the birth coats change, and the cubs become conventional reproductions of their immediate parents.
Plain coats blend into open country. Loud coats, shrieking with color and design, fancy…"
7” x 10”, 43 pages, 9 B&W photos plus 20 color paintings
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