Notes on the text
These notes, edited by John McGivering, are partly new, and partly based on the ORG. The page and,, line numbers below refer to the Macmillan (London) Standard Edition of Land and Sea Tales for Scouts and Guides, as published and frequently reprinted between 1923 and 1950.
The Son of God goes forth to warThe unfortunate Carnehan sings it (slightly altered) in “The Man who would be King” (Wee Willie Winkie, p. 266.) Mary’s Meadow, another of Mrs Ewing's books, forms part of the plot of “Fairy-Kist” (Limits and Renewals, p.176.) and Six to Sixteen is mentioned in Something of Myself, p. 7.
A kingly crown to gain;
His blood-red banner streams afar
Who follows in his train ?
C---- [Crofts] taught me to loathe Horace for two years; to forget him for twenty, and then to love him for the rest of my days and through many sleepless days.Kipling tried his hand at four odes, all attributed to the imaginary Book V (Horace only wrote four books of Odes). All four appear in Debits and Credits. Two go with “Stalky” stories, "Translation" ('Ode 3, Bk. V, ') follows "Regulus", and "To The Companions" ('Ode 17 Bk. V.') introduces "The United Idolaters." There is also "The Portent" ('Ode 20 Bk. V'), which introduces "The Prophet and the Country" and "The Last Ode" ('Ode 31 Bk. V.') which follows "The Eye of Allah".
I must have been ‘nursed’ with care by Crom and under his orders. Hence, his order that I should edit the School Paper and have the run of his Library Study. Hence, I presume, C----’s similar permission, granted and withdrawn as the fortunes of our private war varied.[Page 268 line 28] Chaucer The celebrated English poet (c. 1343-1400) and author of The Canterbury Tales. See the “Prologue to the Master-Cook’s Tale” at p. 100 earlier in this volume, and “Dayspring Mishandled” in Limits and Renewals, for Chaucerian parodies by Kipling. See also “The Consolations of Memory” and “The Justice’s Tale”
...Let us now praise famous men...[Page 274 line 7 onwards] The general and commander-in-chief Dunsterville, who observed in his Reminiscences:
Each degree of Latitude
Strung about creation
Seeth one or more of us…
Stalky & Co. is a work of fiction … Stalky himself was never quite as clever as portrayed in the book…But he represents, not an individual — though his character may be based on that of an individual — but the medium of one of the prevailing spirits of this most untypical school. (p. 25.)[Page 274 line 19] bitten by a mad dog this was in 1891 (Stalky's Reminiscences, p. 106)
Rabies infection is transmitted from a rabid dog to man in the saliva. It then travels by the nerves until it reaches the spinal cord and the brain. (If it travelled via the bloodstream it would be much faster - but it doesn't). The incubation period (the time between getting bitten and the appearance of symptoms) varies depending on the position of the bite: fourteen days for bites on the face, several months if a limb is bitten; the average is thirty to sixty days. If Dunsterville had been bitten on the leg he would have had plenty of time to get to Paris.[Page 275 line 5] The boy who used to take flying jumps on the ball This is believed to be General Sir George Roos-Kepple (sometimes mis-spelt “Ross-Kepple”, (1866-1921). See KJ 004/28 and 152/3. See also “The Taking of Lungtungpen” (Plain Tales from the Hills) “A Conference of the Powers” (Many Inventions) and the verses “The Ballad of Boh Da Thone” and “Mandalay.”
Rud probably intended this as a loyalist spoof. Even so, its note of measured patriotic rhetoric uncannily anticipated his later poems on major public events. Parts of “Recessional” would closely echo the lines from “Ave Imperatrix".And Agnes Deans Cameron (1863-1912) quoted in Kipling, the Critical Heritage (Ed. Roger Lancelyn Green) observes:
...deep down in the heart of the young Imperialist burned thus early the fires of an Empire-wide patriotism, vide his “Ave Imperatrix” (p. 277).Rightly or wrongly, one has the impression that respect for Queen and Empire was seen as an essential part of the equipment of a Victorian gentleman.