5 JUNE 1920, Page 15



Sia,—The following story has been recalled to my mind by the otter story published in the Spectator of May 15th, and may prove interesting. A man at my father's station in India had a leopard which he had got as a cub, probably by shooting the mother, but he did not tell my father•if he did. It was devoted to him, and used to be taken into the jungle all day. It made a good decoy, for it would scream till other leopards came close enough to be shot. As it grew up, however, it became dangerous to other people and the senior officer ordered him to shoot it, and refused an offer on the owner's part to live in the jungle with it. But the owner could not bring himself to kill it, and was forced to ask a friend to do it. When he heard the