History Essay

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The Reverend Singh paid off the diggers and took charge of the children. After taking obligatory refreshment with the headman he managed to procure two bamboo cages, to which he transferred his captives, paralysed with fear and offering little resistance, under the gaze of the equally frightened but curious crowd that had gathered round the bullock carts. News of their capture had travelled before them, and here perhaps the Reverend Singh had his first taste of the inconvenience and even danger which publicity could cause. Only a select few were allowed to satisfy their curiosity. After they had gone, an attempt was made under Singh's supervision to bathe the children. Their bodies were encrusted with dirt and mud, smelt strongly of the wolves' den and appeared from their scratching to be full of fleas and other parasites. But the operation was not a success. The children reacted violently to being touched or to any contact with water. What dirt could be removed revealed a large number of small scars and scratches all over their bodies, and on their elbows, knees and the heels of their hands, heavy calluses -- presumably from going on all fours. Although thin, they were otherwise in good condition and apart from their matted hair, long nails that curled over like blunted talons and an inability or unwillingness to stand, they appeared at first physically no different from other human children. They were both girls, one aged about three years old and the other perhaps five or six. They seemed very small to those who saw them at this stage, perhaps smaller than their actual size because they were constantly in a crouched position, but they could be picked up and carried in the arms without difficulty. On everyone's mind was the question of how the children ever came to be with the wolves. Inquiries were made among the villages, to find out if any children

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