What errand did Tembu's father run every night in "The Tiger in the Tunnel"?

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Tembu's father, Baldeo, is employed as a watchman at a small station on the edge of a jungle. The station is close to a tunnel, and it is Baldeo's duty, or errand, to firstly check that the tunnel is free of obstructions, and secondly to ensure that the signal light...

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Tembu's father, Baldeo, is employed as a watchman at a small station on the edge of a jungle. The station is close to a tunnel, and it is Baldeo's duty, or errand, to firstly check that the tunnel is free of obstructions, and secondly to ensure that the signal light outside of the tunnel is lit. When the signal light is lit, drivers of any approaching trains will know that the tunnel is free of obstructions.

As the title of the story suggests, Baldeo one night discovers an obstruction in the tunnel in the form of a tiger, known locally as "the man-eater." He is unable to clear the tiger from the tunnel and, in fact, dies in his efforts to do so. After his father's death, Tembu takes up his role as watchman and continues to undertake his father's nightly errand.

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