[Title and Heading] Neither ‘Howli Thana’ nor the heading have been traced. Both may be inventions. [information from readers will be appreciated; Ed.]
[Page 258, line 1] the Presence an elaborate form of address to one whom the speaker wishes to propitiate.
[Page 258, line 2] six rupees about 48 pence Sterling today.
[Page 258, line 16] a Delhi Pathan a down-country man with a Pathan’s skill and ways which ORG does not believe to be a compliment.
[Page 259, line 8] Thana a police-station.
[Page 259, line 9] Havildar from the Hindi – a Sergeant.
[Page 259, line 14] Gokral-Seetarum scene of some of the action of The Naulahka. A Maharanee’s palanquin appears in “The Incarnation of Krishna Mulvaney” in Life’s Handicap.
[Page 259, line 14] dacoits robbers (right).
[Page 259, line 15] Rustrums Rustrum was a national hero of Persia who appears in the poem “Sohrab and Rustrum” (1853) by the English poet Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)
[Page 259, line 27] in the jail among the carpets prisoners were often employed making carpets.
[Page 260, line 2] charpoys beds.
[Page 260, line 5] Stunt in this context, how an uneducated man would pronounce “assistant.”
[Page 260, line 5] Yunkum Young.
[Page 260, line 13] Tehsildars officials in charge of sub-districts.
[Page 260, line 16] devil-carriage a tricycle – see lines 17-19 below.
[Page 260, line 23] rapport presumably his pronunciation of report.
[Page 260, line 24] Rohestri not traced
[Page 261, line 5] a kid in this context, a young goat.
[Page 261, line 5] Tulwar Hindi talwar, a sabre. A curved sword, occasionally elaborately decorated.
[Page 262, line 15] Dipty Deputy.
[Page 262, line 21] tehsil sub-district.
[Page 263, line 12] Sirkar the State, the Government.
[Page 263, line 12] the irons handcuffs,
[Page 263, lines 29-31] the mark of a string on the temples … the Cold Draw he had been tortured – a string round the head is twisted up with a stick like a tourniquet.
[Page 264, line23] Memsahib polite address to an European lady – the equivalent of “Madam.”
[Page 264, line23] Peri in Persian legend, beautiful but malevolent sprites who developed into good-natured women of surpassing beauty.
[Page 264, line 30] Sidar a military leader, a General.
[J H McG.]
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