Here, then, I must bide this night, for, though the moon shone white and full in the sky, I dared not wend towards the plains alone with the wolves and the ghosts.
It was awful here in the mouth of the cave, for I had not yet learned the secret of the stone, and if I had known it, should I have dared to close it, leaving myself alone with the dead wolves and him whom the wolves had struggled to tear down?
The black ground-shadows were already crowding over the heap in the road, and one horse ran out across the fields, his harness hanging to him, wolves at his heels.
Three big wolves got abreast of the horses, and the horses went crazy.
I ordered our men to fire as before, every other man; and they took their aim so sure that they killed several of the wolves at the first volley; but there was a necessity to keep a continual firing, for they came on like devils, those behind pushing on those before.
In about an hour more we came to the town where we were to lodge, which we found in a terrible fright and all in arms; for, it seems, the night before the wolves and some bears had broken into the village, and put them in such terror that they were obliged to keep guard night and day, but especially in the night, to preserve their cattle, and indeed their people.
But as soon as his cubs are old enough to stand on their feet he must bring them to the Pack Council, which is generally held once a month at full moon, in order that the other wolves
may identify them.
Quick as lightning the wolf flew round the wood, and in a minute many hundred wolves
rose up before him, increasing in number every moment, till they could be counted by thousands.
He seized his axe, which he had made very sharp, and as the leader of the wolves
came on the Tin Woodman swung his arm and chopped the wolf's head from its body, so that it immediately died.
I did not know what to do, the less as the howling of the wolves
But the wolves
were growing bolder, and the men were aroused more than once from their sleep.
Then Mowgli drew deep breath, and ran to the Council Rock, overtaking on his way hurrying wolves
of the Pack.