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 Soldiers Three and Other Stories, as published and frequently reprinted between 1895 and 1950.
Lilith, the first wife of AdamLilith also appears in "Eden Bower", a poem by William Michael Rossetti (1829-1919) which ORG believes Kipling had in mind:
Beware of her fair hair, for she excels
All women in the magic of her looks.
– It was Lilith, the wife of Adam[Page 321, line 15] jubjube-tree a shrub (Zizyphus) of the Buckthorn family.- the fruit can be dried as a sweet.
(Sing Eden Bower !)
Not a drop of her blood was human…
Beneath the rule of men entirely great[Page 326, line 10] Dil Sagar Lake ORG has 'The Ocean of the Heart' but the reference has not been traced.
The pen is mightier than the sword.
Baron Lytton (1803-1873)
With them rode he who walks so freeThe laonee refers to the exploits of Chimnajee, the father of Scindia, and it is ironic that it should be sung on the eve of Scindia's disastrous defeat at Panipat. The Peishwa was a hereditary Mahratta minister.[D.K.]
With scarf and turban red,
The soldier youth who earns his fee
By peril of his head!
Sir, In the history of the Indian Mutiny we learn that the Nana Sahib, of Cawnpore infamy was pursued and hunted by British troops. Eventually he escaped and in 1858 he finally disappeared. To this history can now be added that 42 years later (1900) the Nana Sahib was, by chance, discovered by an old loyal pensioned subahdar of our former Indian Army.Kipling uses this device later in “The Tree of Justice” (Rewards and Fairies) where he tells how King Harold was not killed at Hastings but lived as a pilgrim for many years thereafter.
This fine old gentleman was being employed by the British recruiting Staff 0fficer (my brother-in-law) to assist in obtaining the best class of recruits for our Indian regiments. One day the old gentleman, when on tour in the foothills of the Himalayas, stopped to rest near a holy shrine under a tree in a very remote part of the Siwaliks. A very old priest in charge of the shrine tottered out to have a chat with the traveller. To his amazement the subahdar recognised the Nana Sahib whom he knew quite well as a boy in Cawnpore before the Mutiny. The subahdar did not reveal this to the old man. The recruiting officer reported the occurrence to our benign Government which decided to allow this very old man to end his days in peace and obscurity.
Yours, etc., A. Vickers, Lingfield, Broad Oak, Ottery St. Mary, Devon.
Two Lovely Black Eyes,[Page 352, line 20] the mouth of a gun see the note to page 331, line 21 above.
Oh ! what a surprise !
Only for telling a man he was wrong,
Two lovely black eyes !