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heard of a tiger in the neighborhood theybooby-trapped it by tying a hand grenadeto the carcass of a goat.But King Cobra and Shan the Tigerwere not always so easily defeated, asStaff Sgt. Edgar Laytha of
foundout in a ride up the entire length of therails. He told of a GI stationmaster whocould not hold atiger. Instead atrain was heldup. It happenedat midnight. Be-cause of the ti-~ gel', the traincould not go
to a siding to letanother trainpass. The con-troller from bat-talion headquar-ters telephoned to the jungle station,asked what the delay was. Sgt. G. A.Blake, from, New Hampshire, lamentedfrom the other end about a tiger that waseating a cow right on the rails. The mid-night repast of Shan lasted 32 minutes, asthe sergeant decided a pistol was notenough fire power with which to offerbattle, Traffic had to be suspended and
EXGI],\E SO. 419 of the Bell~al
Assam railroadill Upper Assam.
motives made in Germany, England, Bel-gium, France and Czechoslovakia, TheIndian method of operation was friendlyand informal- though often protracted.There were schedules, of course, but theywere observed in the manner of a time-less land. Although a train might arriveat a station hours late, if the schedulecalled for a 15-minute stop, thefull stop was ob-se r v ed, eventhough loadingand unloadingmight take onlytwo minutes. Op-erations frozewhile crises werereferred to high-er authority.American per-sonnel going up the road in the earlydays, before the Army took over, used togain priority and sudden departure bytreating stationmasters to cartons of cig-arettes. The classic story of Indian rail-road operation quotes a message sent bya stationmaster to his superior."Tiger on platform. What shall I do?"was his query. Later, when U.S. soldiers
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