by John McGivering)
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"At Howli Thana” is another in which it is easier to believe the story than the framework. What happens there is just what might happen at an outlying police station – but it is the last thing an applicant for employment would tell his prospective employer. And there is one story – I will not say which - in which the climax is altogether impossible and I do not believe it at all. [I’ll have have a shilling with anybody that it is “The Judgement of Dungara"; Ed.]F. L. Knowles (A Kipling Primer 1900, page 89) observes that: "the sketch gives us much insight into the strange workings of the Oriental mind..." . This comment probably reveals more about contemporary English attitudes than about the characters in the tale.