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Traffics and Discoveries   By: (1865-1936)

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TRAFFICS AND DISCOVERIES

By Rudyard Kipling

CONTENTS

from the Masjid al Aqsa of Sayyid Ahmed(Wahabi)

THE CAPTIVE

Poseidon'S Law

THE BONDS OF DISCIPLINE

The Runners

A SAHIBS' WAR

The Wet Litany

"THEIR LAWFUL OCCASIONS" PART I.

"THEIR LAWFUL OCCASIONS" PART II.

The King's Task

THE COMPREHENSION OF PRIVATE COOPER

The Necessitarian

STEAM TACTICS

Kaspar's Song in "Varda"

"WIRELESS"

Song of the Old Guard

THE ARMY OF A DREAM PART I.

THE ARMY OF A DREAM PART II.

The Return of the Children

"THEY"

From Lyden's "Irenius "

MRS. BATHURST

" Our Fathers Also "

BELOW THE MILL DAM

THE CAPTIVE

FROM THE MASJID AL AQSA OF SAYYID AHMED (WAHABI)

Not with an outcry to Allah nor any complaining He answered his name at the muster and stood to the chaining. When the twin anklets were nipped on the leg bars that held them, He brotherly greeted the armourers stooping to weld them. Ere the sad dust of the marshalled feet of the chain gang swallowed him, Observing him nobly at ease, I alighted and followed him. Thus we had speech by the way, but not touching his sorrow Rather his red Yesterday and his regal To morrow, Wherein he statelily moved to the clink of his chains unregarded, Nowise abashed but contented to drink of the potion awarded. Saluting aloofly his Fate, he made swift with his story; And the words of his mouth were as slaves spreading carpets of glory Embroidered with names of the Djinns a miraculous weaving But the cool and perspicuous eye overbore unbelieving. So I submitted myself to the limits of rapture Bound by this man we had bound, amid captives his capture Till he returned me to earth and the visions departed; But on him be the Peace and the Blessing: for he was great hearted!

THE CAPTIVE

"He that believeth shall not make haste." Isaiah .

The guard boat lay across the mouth of the bathing pool, her crew idly spanking the water with the flat of their oars. A red coated militia man, rifle in hand, sat at the bows, and a petty officer at the stern. Between the snow white cutter and the flat topped, honey coloured rocks on the beach the green water was troubled with shrimp pink prisoners of war bathing. Behind their orderly tin camp and the electric light poles rose those stone dotted spurs that throw heat on Simonstown. Beneath them the little Barracouta nodded to the big Gibraltar , and the old Penelope , that in ten years has been bachelors' club, natural history museum, kindergarten, and prison, rooted and dug at her fixed moorings. Far out, a three funnelled Atlantic transport with turtle bow and stern waddled in from the deep sea.

Said the sentry, assured of the visitor's good faith, "Talk to 'em? You can, to any that speak English. You'll find a lot that do."

Here and there earnest groups gathered round ministers of the Dutch Reformed Church, who doubtless preached conciliation, but the majority preferred their bath. The God who Looks after Small Things had caused the visitor that day to receive two weeks' delayed mails in one from a casual postman, and the whole heavy bundle of newspapers, tied with a strap, he dangled as bait. At the edge of the beach, cross legged, undressed to his sky blue army shirt, sat a lean, ginger haired man, on guard over a dozen heaps of clothing. His eyes followed the incoming Atlantic boat.

"Excuse me, Mister," he said, without turning (and the speech betrayed his nationality), "would you mind keeping away from these garments? I've been elected janitor on the Dutch vote."

The visitor moved over against the barbed wire fence and sat down to his mail. At the rustle of the newspaper wrappers the ginger coloured man turned quickly, the hunger of a press ridden people in his close set iron grey eyes.

"Have you any use for papers?" said the visitor.

"Have I any use?" A quick, curved forefinger was already snicking off the outer covers... Continue reading book >>




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