On one particular holiday from Calcutta to Dibrugarh in Assam by river steamer, we stayed in a tea garden owned by my father's firm, MacNeill&Co.. The planter had recently shot a rogue elephant and had had the tusks removed. On our departure, our bearer led the way to the boat with our luggage and in his hands were these magnificent tusks. My father brought him to tasks but was told "they must belong to you, Sahib, as you are the 'Burra Sahib'. Our bearer was bitterly disappointed to have to leave the tusks behind."
Margaret Moore (Née Gordon)