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r PANTHERS AS PETS. A British official in an out-of-the-way Per- sian district invited me to stay at his house for a night," narrates a globe-trotter. "I accepted willingly. Just before dinner I was comfortably settled upon a sofa, when my rest was suddenly disturbed by a loud bang at the sitting-room door, which, flying open, admitted two enormous animals, which I at first took for dogs. "Both of them made at once for my sofa, "Both of them made at once for my sofa, and while the larger one curled comfortably roUnd my feet and composed itself to sleep, the smaller one seated itself on the floor and commenced licking my face and hands, an operation which, had I dared, I should strongly have resented.' "But those white, gleaming teeth and flashing green eyes filled me with something akin to terror. To, my relief my host entered at this juncture. 'Making friends with the panthers, I see,' he remarked, pleasantly. They are nice, companionable beasts.' "That may have been true at. the time. The fact remains, however, that three months afterward one of them devoured a uatiKo. cJ?ild,

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