Biggles - The Boy Biggles
W. E. Johns
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This contains thirteen short stories about Biggles' childhood in India. The book has a short prologue called 'A Word in Advance' and a short epilogue called 'In Conclusion'.
The stories are as follows:-
A TEST OF NERVE
Biggles does the bravest thing in his life in order to save the life of his friend, Captain John Lovell.
A CHAPTER OF ADVENTURES
Biggles saves his friend Habu from death on a collapsing rope bridge.
Biggles helps to tackle a wounded leopard and a fear crazed elephant.
DEATH IN THE WATER
Biggles saves a young boy from the jaws of a crocodile and later returns to kill it.
THE BIG BAD BEAR
Biggles goes on a bear hunt with Captain John Lovell with some unexpected results.
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY
Biggles has an encounter with a huge python and breaks a tendon in his calf.
A SORT OF EDUCATION
Biggles saves an Indian girl from a rabid dog when he shoots it.
Biggles is charged by a buffalo and trapped in a tree. Later he is charged by a wild boar.
Biggles saves his friend Sula Dowla from two murderous Indians, members of the thuggee cult.
THE BLACK INTRUDER
A search for honey leads to an encounter with a Black Panther, which Biggles has to shoot.
A PROFESSOR LEARNS A LESSON
Biggles acts as an interpreter for a Professor and has to save his life when he falls off a cliff.
THE FOOLISH TIGER
Biggles is attacked by an injured tiger but fails to kill it. His father and John Lovell hunt it down.
THE LAST ADVENTURE
Biggles saves a man who is attacked by a leopard. Three weeks later he goes to school in England.
He may have been stung by a bee; or trodden on a thorn; or may have a belly-ache from eating underripe fruit. Whatever the reason, it happens, and an angry bear is not the cuddly creature we see at a zoo. If Bruin himself is hurt he is liable to set up a howling and bleating that would be comical were it not pathetic. There are of course many different kinds of bears in various parts of the world, but with a few exceptions their habits, how they live and what they eat, are much the same. Their
James, of course, knew all about this reputation, so it will readily be understood that he took care to keep well clear of any place where one might lurk. They were not common but there was always a chance of one being on open ground near patches of cultivation. One morning James was out for a stroll to get a breath of cool fresh air before the heat of the day. He chose a well-trodden path that he had always regarded as perfectly safe, for which reason he carried no weapon of any sort, being
crept towards it. “If that confounded cloud starts to spill some rain it’ll spoil us,” muttered Captain Lovell. “We shan’t be able to see or hear a thing. On a still night one can hear a tiger coming as his tail drags through dead leaves.” Nothing more was said. The hush of night settled over the forest. Slowly the cloud crawled across the face of the moon and utter darkness fell from the sky like a blanket, James stared down into the black vault below straining his eyes to pick out a definite
course not from choice but as a last resort on being attacked. The men concerned did not always recover from their injuries, dying later as a result of their wounds turning septic. The teeth and claws of all flesh-eating animals, and this includes cats and dogs, if they draw blood, can be poisonous, and highly dangerous if not dealt with quickly. Well, that was the end of the affair with a young leopard which took on more than he could manage. James and Sula were still sitting there talking
back if you wish. I shall go on,” replied James in a matter-of-fact voice; which did not mean he under-estimated the risks. To take on a wounded leopard, unarmed, with a fear-crazed elephant into the bargain, seemed little short of lunacy; but the appalling predicament of Mr. Lane could not be ignored. He might be dead. On the other hand he might still be alive and helpless. Things couldn’t be left like that. Something would have to be done. Just what James did not know. All he knew was he would