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With The Night Mail A Story of 2000 A.D. (Together with extracts from the comtemporary magazine in which it appeared)   By: (1865-1936)

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Minor punctuation errors have been changed without notice. Printer errors have been changed and are listed at the end. All other inconsistencies are as in the original.

WITH THE NIGHT MAIL

A STORY OF 2000 A.D.

(TOGETHER WITH EXTRACTS FROM THE CONTEMPORARY MAGAZINE IN WHICH IT APPEARED)

BOOKS BY RUDYARD KIPLING

BRUSHWOOD BOY, THE

CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS

COLLECTED VERSE

DAY'S WORK, THE

DEPARTMENTAL DITTIES AND BALLADS AND BARRACK ROOM BALLADS

FIVE NATIONS, THE

JUNGLE BOOK, THE

JUNGLE BOOK, SECOND

JUST SO SONG BOOK

JUST SO STORIES

KIM

KIPLING BIRTHDAY BOOK, THE

LIFE'S HANDICAP; Being Stories of Mine Own People

LIGHT THAT FAILED, THE

MANY INVENTIONS

NAULAHKA, THE (With Wolcott Balestier)

PLAIN TALES FROM THE HILLS

PUCK OF POOK'S HILL

SEA TO SEA, FROM

SEVEN SEAS, THE

SOLDIER STORIES

SOLDIERS THREE, THE STORY OF THE GADSBYS, and IN BLACK AND WHITE

STALKY & CO.

THEY

TRAFFICS AND DISCOVERIES

UNDER THE DEODARS, THE PHANTOM RICKSHAW and WEE WILLIE WINKIE

[Illustration: "A MAN WITH A GHASTLY SCARLET HEAD FOLLOWS, SHOUTING THAT HE MUST GO BACK AND BUILD UP HIS RAY."]

With the Night Mail

A STORY OF 2000 A.D.

(TOGETHER WITH EXTRACTS FROM THE CONTEMPORARY MAGAZINE IN WHICH IT APPEARED)

BY RUDYARD KIPLING

Illustrated in Color

BY FRANK X. LEYENDECKER AND H. REUTERDAHL

[Decoration]

NEW YORK

Doubleday, Page & Company

1909

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, INCLUDING THAT OF TRANSLATION INTO FOREIGN LANGUAGES, INCLUDING THE SCANDINAVIAN

COPYRIGHT, 1905, 1909, BY RUDYARD KIPLING PUBLISHED, MARCH, 1909

REPRINTED IN BOOK FORM BY PERMISSION OF THE S. S. McCLURE COMPANY

ILLUSTRATIONS

"A man with a ghastly scarlet head follows, shouting that he must go back and build up his Ray" Frontispiece

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"Slides like a lost soul down that pitiless ladder of light, and the Atlantic takes her" 31

The Storm 39

"I've asked him to tea on Friday" 58

WITH THE NIGHT MAIL

A STORY OF 2000 A.D.

With the Night Mail

At nine o'clock of a gusty winter night I stood on the lower stages of one of the G. P. O. outward mail towers. My purpose was a run to Quebec in "Postal Packet 162 or such other as may be appointed"; and the Postmaster General himself countersigned the order. This talisman opened all doors, even those in the despatching caisson at the foot of the tower, where they were delivering the sorted Continental mail. The bags lay packed close as herrings in the long gray under bodies which our G. P. O. still calls "coaches." Five such coaches were filled as I watched, and were shot up the guides to be locked on to their waiting packets three hundred feet nearer the stars.

From the despatching caisson I was conducted by a courteous and wonderfully learned official Mr. L. L. Geary, Second Despatcher of the Western Route to the Captains' Room (this wakes an echo of old romance), where the mail captains come on for their turn of duty. He introduces me to the Captain of "162" Captain Purnall, and his relief, Captain Hodgson. The one is small and dark; the other large and red; but each has the brooding sheathed glance characteristic of eagles and aëronauts. You can see it in the pictures of our racing professionals, from L. V. Rautsch to little Ada Warrleigh that fathomless abstraction of eyes habitually turned through naked space.

On the notice board in the Captains' Room, the pulsing arrows of some twenty indicators register, degree by geographical degree, the progress of as many homeward bound packets. The word "Cape" rises across the face of a dial; a gong strikes: the South African mid weekly mail is in at the Highgate Receiving Towers... Continue reading book >>




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