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The Arachchi asked me to come and have a look at it. It would be the night of the
full moon, so I told him that I would and that I would spend my night at the water
hole. I was very fond of sitting up over a water hole in this way and just watching
the animals come and drink; I took my rifle and sent my horse- keeper with the
trap to Wirawila, telling him to come back and pick me up at six the next morning.
It was a fantastic night. The scene round the hole was indeed terrible : in the
... and you sent a message to me to meet you in the village with the village
headman. We found the buffaloes in a large stretch of paddy field, and saw that
one of them was badly diseased. When we tried to get near them, they ran off.
Then you told the Arachchi to go and drive the sick buffalo down the field to you
so that you could destroy it. The Arachchi said it had gone savage and would
attack him. You insisted, but when he got near the animal, he became afraid and
ran away. 233 ...
It turned out that it was the Arachchi himself who owned the buffaloes. You fined
the Arachchi 10 rupees for not carrying out his duties as headman and not seeing
that the buffaloes were impounded. Then, as Police Magistrate, you tried him as
owner of the buffaloes for allowing a diseased animal to stray and you fined him
25 rupees. Ten days later the man came to me with 20 rupees to pay his fine, but
he could not pay the other 1 5 rupees and I had to pay it for him. It was too severe
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