of the Powers"
Notes on the text
These notes, by Peter Havholm, are partly new, and partly based on the ORG. The page and line numbers below refer to the Macmillan (London) Standard Edition of Many Inventions, as published and frequently reprinted between 1899 and 1950.
at a stroke Benares and Awadh ceased to be recruiting grounds for the British army ... By 1875, half of the British Indian Army was recruited from the Punjab, while Gurkhas from Nepal replaced the Brahmin 'lions' from Benares as shock troops.[Page 23, line 12] The Black Mountain Expedition of 1888 was undertaken against the tribes of Hassanzais, Akazais and Chagarzais in reprisal for the murder of two army officers and five sepoys who were carrying out survey work. The Hazara Bar to the Indian General Service Medal (1854-1895) was awarded for this expedition. Kipling knew a lot about it, for his favorite regiment— the 2nd Northumberland Fusiliers (5th Foot) — and Stalky’s battalion of Punjab Infantry were engaged (Stalky may not have been present).
The ... third Burman war (1885-86) ... [was a case] of aggression by the over-fearful...Upper Burma was annexed in 1886 from the crazy King Theebaw. The motive for this final act was fear of French influence and a desire to counterbalance their threatened intervention in Siam. [now Thailand] The Burmans differed both by race and culture from the Indian peoples and were never assimilated. The Indian administrative system, applied with such care by Dalhousie’s Chief Commissioner Phayere, proved a major misfit' [p. 418].[Page 34, line 18] Hicksey a British officer in the Burma Police. Hicksey’s men would have been Burmese.
Blank misgivings of a CreatureThis poem of Wordsworth’s is also echoed in “The Finest Story in the World” and “The Children of the Zodiac” later in this collection. See, for example, notes to Page 123, line 10, and Page 374, line 31.
Moving about in worlds not realized.
“Now God be with him” said our King[Page 42, line 27] few lips would be moved to song if they could find a sufficiency of kissing In Thomson’s poem “Art”:
“Sith ’twill no better bee;
I trust I have within my realme,
Five hundred as good as hee.”
Singing is sweet: but be sure of this
Lips only sing when they cannot kiss.