From Tales of the Punjab

Here is another illustration from the book, written by Flora Annie Webster Steele, and published by MacMillan and Co, London, in 1917. Illustrations in this book were by J. Lockwood Kipling. Baloo’s Backpage They say that first impressions last. So I thought this little vignette, published in the Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW) on [...]

Rudyard Kipling: Some Reminiscences

THE “Kipling boom” is in full swing in the United States, and the newspapers there are collecting “Reminiscences of Rudyard.” Here are some of them from the New York Herald: Rudyard Kipling, the literary hero of the present hour, landed in America last June. As to his personal appearance, admiring pens have made the world [...]


The Sydney Morning Herald carried this report on Saturday, the 2nd December, 1893. It would be a curious experience on any given day to ask each individual of one’s acquaintance that one may chance to meet his or her candid opinion of Rudyard Kipling, quite irrespective of any new light which may be derived from [...]

From the Vaults

More from The Young Kipling by Edmonia Hill, published in The Atlantic Magazine in April 1936 ALLAHABAD, July 1888 Dear J. — When ‘The Man Who Would Be King’ was germinating in R. K.’s mind he was lunching with us. Suddenly he demanded names for his characters. A. promptly said, ‘Well, the queerest name I [...]

The Kipling Pain of Surrender

This blog, by Justine van Engen, appeared in the Reston Patch on March 8th, 2011. Justine lives in Reston, Virginia, USA, and has kindly allowed me to reproduce the article. Rikki Tikki Tavi unhinges me. The biggest fight my husband and I have ever had was over Rudyard Kipling. It was a snarling, sarcastic argument [...]

The Grave of the Hundred Head

There’s a widow in sleepy Chester Who weeps for her only son; There’s a grave on the Pabeng River, A grave that the Burmans shun, And there’s Subadar Prag Tewarri Who tells how the work was done. A Snider squibbed in the jungle, Somebody laughed and fled, And the men of the First Shikaris Picked [...]

Talk on RK and the Scouting Movement by Philip Peake

Philip Peake gave us a very lucid talk on Kipling and the Scouting movement, including the history of scouting and Philips own involvement. Most of us remembered RK’s association with South Africa , and his friendship with Cecil Rhodes. It was there that RK connected with BadenPowell,”the Hero of Mafeking”, now an almost forgotten military [...]

From the Editor

The next meeting will be a little different…we will start with a light luncheon to allow members a little more time to meet each other before the formal agenda starts. You may remember that a few months ago I came across a transcript of a paper read by a Miss Badham at a meeting of [...]