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Twenty-One Days in India; and, the Teapot Series   By: (1848-1881)

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TWENTY ONE DAYS IN INDIA

Or, The Tour Of Sir Ali Baba K.C.B.

and THE TEAPOT SERIES

by

GEORGE R. ABERIGH MACKAY Sometime Principal of the Rajkumar College Indore

Ninth Edition with New Illustrations and Elucidations

1914

[Illustration: THE TRAVELLING M.P. "The British Lion rampant."]

PUBLISHERS' PREFACE

In this edition it has been considered advisable to reproduce, verbatim, only the "Twenty one Days" as originally published in Vanity Fair , the additional series of six included in several editions of the book issued after the Author's death being omitted.

The twenty one papers in question have been supplemented by contributions to The Bombay Gazette , which appeared in that daily newspaper during the whole of the year 1880, the year before the Author's death, under the nom de plume of "Our Political Orphan;" and the Publishers beg to tender their best thanks to the proprietors of that newspaper for the permission thus generously accorded for their present reproduction.

In carrying out the work of revision many passages previously omitted have been restored to the text. To render such readily apparent to the reader, they have in every case been enclosed in [] brackets.

A new series of illustrations has been specially prepared for this edition by Mr. George Darby of Calcutta, and the Publishers venture to think he has succeeded in a marked degree in embodying in his sketches the spirit of the Author's subjects.

In conclusion it has been the aim of the Publishers to render this new edition of a great work by a very gifted writer as perfect as possible and worthy of acceptance as a standard Anglo Indian classic.

LONDON

September, 1910.

CONTENTS

PREFACE

I. WITH THE VICEROY

II. THE A. D. C. IN WAITING, AN ARRANGEMENT IN SCARLET AND GOLD

III. WITH THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF

IV. WITH THE ARCHDEACON, A MAN OF BOTH WORLDS

V. WITH THE SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT

VI. H.E. THE BENGALI BABOO

VII. WITH THE RAJA

VIII. WITH THE POLITICAL AGENT, A MAN IN BUCKRAM

IX. WITH THE COLLECTOR

X. BABY IN PARTIBUS

XI. THE RED CHUPRASSIE; OR, THE CORRUPT LICTOR

XII. THE PLANTER; A FARMER PRINCE

XIII. THE EURASIAN; A STUDY IN CHIARO OSCURO

XIV. THE VILLAGER

XV. THE OLD COLONEL

XVI. THE CIVIL SURGEON

XVII. THE SHIKARRY

XVIII. THE GRASS WIDOW IN NEPHELOCOCCYGIA

XIX. THE TRAVELLING M.P., THE BRITISH LION RAMPANT

XX. MEM SAHIB

XXI. ALI BABA ALONE; THE LAST DAY

EXTRACTS FROM "SERIOUS REFLECTIONS AND OTHER CONTRIBUTIONS"

BY "OUR POLITICAL ORPHAN"

Bombay Gazette Press , 1881.

THE TEAPOT SERIES:

SOCIAL DISSECTION

SAHIB

THE GRYPHON'S ANABASIS

THE ORPHAN'S GOOD RESOLUTIONS

SOME OCCULT PHENOMENA

ELUCIDATIONS

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS:

THE TRAVELLING M.P.

THE A.D.C. IN WAITING

THE ARCHDEACON

THE BENGALI BABOO

THE POLITICAL AGENT

THE RED CHUPRASSIE

THE PLANTER

THE EURASIAN

THE OLD COLONEL

THE GRASS WIDOW

No. I

WITH THE VICEROY

[August 2, 1879.]

It is certainly a little intoxicating to spend a day with the Great Ornamental. You do not see much of him perhaps; but he is a Presence to be felt, something floating loosely about in wide epicene pantaloons and flying skirts, diffusing as he passes the fragrance of smile and pleasantry and cigarette. The air around him is laden with honeyed murmurs; gracious whispers play about the twitching bewitching corners of his delicious mouth. He calls everything by "soft names in many a mused rhyme." Deficits, Public Works, and Cotton Duties are transmuted by the alchemy of his gaiety into sunshine and songs. An office box on his writing table an office box is to him, and it is something more: it holds cigarettes... Continue reading book >>




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