by John McGivering)
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420. Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property.-- Whoever cheats and thereby dishonestly induces the person deceived to deliver any property to any person, or to make, alter or destroy the whole or any part of a valuable security, or anything which is signed or sealed, and which is capable of being converted into a valuable security, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years, and shall also be liable to fine.Critical comments
penetrated to the heart of the Anglo-Indians' historical dilemma with amazing swiftness and economy. On one level Western technology ... has been perverted to the uses of fraud and superstition. On another, Western judicial institutions ...have been made impotent by a conspiracy of custom, ignorance, and malice.Norman Page also quotes The Times of 25 March, 1890 citing this story and “Beyond the Pale” as: 'almost the best of Mr. Kipling’s writings, perhaps because they appear to lift the veil from a state of society so immeasurably different from our own.'