The Tiger Of Mysore
A Story of the War With Tippoo Saib
When Dick Holland’s father is shipwrecked off the coast of India in the late 1700’s and taken prisoner by the tyrant Tippoo, his mother determines to travel to India with him to find her husband. Dick and his companion Surajah travel about in various disguises searching for the English sea-captain.
Dick kills a tiger that attacks the women in Tippoo’s harem, and a grateful Tippoo rewards him and makes him an officer in his service. He escapes from Tippoo with a young English girl held captive in the harem before he returns to the hill fort where he believes his father is held prisoner. After many more adventures, Dick returns to his homeland a seasoned soldier and a wealthy man.
About the Author
George Alfred Henty, better known as G.A. Henty, began his storytelling career with his own children. After dinner, he would spend an hour or two telling them a story that would continue the next day. Some stories took weeks to finish! A friend was present one day and, watching the spell-bound reaction of his children, suggested that Henty write down his stories so others could enjoy them. He did and, as the saying goes, the rest is history! Henty wrote 144 books as well as numerous stories for magazines and became known as “The Prince of Story-Tellers” and “The Boy’s Own Historian.” One of Mr. Henty’s secretaries reported that he would quickly pace back and forth in his study, dictating stories as fast as the secretary could write them down!
Henty’s stories revolve around fictional boy heroes caught up in the events of fascinating times in history. The heroes of Henty stories are diligent, intelligent, and dedicated to their country and cause in the face of great perils. They fight in wars, sail the seas, make discoveries, conquer evil empires, prospect for gold, and participate in a host of other exciting adventures. Along the way, they cross paths with some of history’s most famous people. Henty’s heroes live through tumultuous historic eras, meeting leaders of that time. Every reader of Henty will gain an understanding of nations and cultures, as these are conveyed as a natural element of the reading. They’re one of the best ways to cultivate a taste for history in any reader!