26th June.—This morning, at sunrise, ordered our elephants, and went out to try and relieve the monotony of our life by a few hours’ shooting. Proceeded straight to a rumna, or preserve, of the Maharajah’s, which we supposed to abound in wild hog, hares, and black partridges. The Sihks, in
contradiction to the religious tenets of most of the other castes in India, are very fond of pork, and Runjeet cultivates grain and sugar- cane round this preserve for the wild hog who frequent it to feed upon.
Beef is as much a forbidden food in the Punjab as pork is in Hindostan to the natives ; and to kill a cow across the Sutlege would subject the perpe-trator of the deed to almost certain death. We found a considerable quantity of wild hog, and a few black partridges, in the rumna, and had altogether two hours’ very tolerable shooting.
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