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His son John has had the misfortune to be captured in the present
One book, “The Day's Work,” deserves particular mention, as it contains some of his best stories, such as “The Brushwood Boy,” and exhibits especially the three cardinal points of his philosophy of life — “Work,” “ Don't whine,” and “Don't be afraid.”
CLEMENS: A Ken of Kipling.
KNOWLES: A Kipling Primer.
LE GALLIENNE: Rudyard Kipling, A Criticism.
can Review, May, 1911.
NOTES TO “WEE WILLIE WINKIE”
PAGE 196. Wee Willie Winkie: the name is taken from the Scotch poem of William Miller (1810–1872). Below is given Whittier's familiar version of the poem : Wee Willie Winkie
Anything but sleep, you rogue ! Runs through the town,
Glowering like the moon;
With an iron spoon;
Rumbling, tumbling all about, Crying at the lock,
Crowing like a cock, “ Are the weans in their bed, Screaming like I don't know what,
For it's now ten o'clock ? " Waking sleeping folk. “Hey, Willie Winkie,
· Hey, Willie Winkie, Are you coming then ?
Can't you keep him still? The cat's singing purrie
Wriggling off a body's knee
Like a very eel;
As she drowsy hums;
See! there he comes !”
Wearied is the mother
That has a restless wean,
Heard whene'er he's seen-
Before he'll close his e'e;
Gives strength anew to me.
“An officer, etc.”: this quotation refers to the time when the holders of military rank also held social position. ayah : AngloIndian for “ nurse." Baba : Oriental title of respect. subaltern : a commissioned officer of lower rank than captain, i.e. lieutenant. compound : an enclosure, in the East, for a residence.
197. Commissioner : a civilian official having charge of a department. Station : a military post. mess : a group of officers who eat together, hence the officers. rank and file: the noncommissioned officers and privates.
198. Afghan and Egyptian medals: it is customary for medals to be struck off in commemoration of campaigns and for them to be called after the places in which the campaigns occurred.
199. Hut jao: native expression equivalent to “go away at
200. Bell, Butcha: dogs' names. Butcha butcher.
201. Old Adam: it is a religious belief that Adam, supposedly the first man, committed sin, the tendency to which he handed down to all men as his descendantsHence when one does wrong it is said that the Old Adam comes out. quarters : house or rooms of an officer.
202. Bad Men: childish name for hostile natives. broke his arrest: an officer under arrest is his own keeper. Sahib : a term of respect, equivalent to Mister, used by East Indians toward Europeans.
203. twelve-two : the unit of measurement of the height of a horse is called a hand, which is equal to four inches. Hence twelvetwo means twelve hands and two inches. Waler: a horse from New South Wales.
205. Pushto : sometimes Pushtu, the language of the Afghans.
206. Sahib Bahadur : Sahib = Mister. Bahadur, title of respect equivalent to "gallant officer.”
207. Spoil-five : a game of cards. Color Sergeant: in the British army, he is a non-commissioned officer who ranks higher and receives better pay than an ordinary sergeant, and, in addition to discharging the usual duties of a sergeant, attends the colors (the flag) in the field or near headquarters. Pathans : (pronounced Pay-tán) an Afghan race settled in Hindustan ‘and in eastern Afghanistan. double : to increase the pace to twice the ordinary; double-quick.
208. cantonment: (in India pronounced can-tóne-ment) part of a town assigned to soldiers. pulton : native expression equivalent to “ troops."
209. pukka : native expression meaning “real,” “ thorough.”