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“I stayed in Ghorband a month, and gave the Governor there the pick of my baskets for hush-money, and bribed the Colonel of the regiment some more, and between the two and the tribes-people, we got more than a hundred hand-made Martinis, a hundred good Kohat Jezails that’ll throw to six hundred yards, and forty man-loads of very bad ammunition for the rifles.”


This is from ‘The Man who would be King’ in ‘Wee Willie Winkie’.

Peachey Taliaferro Carnehan, one of two adventurers who set themselves up as Kings in Kafiristan, is telling his tale, which ended in tragedy.