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The Man Who Would Be King Pages 13-25
by Rudyard Kipling


The Kumharsen Serai is the gigantic disgusting-square
sink of benevolence wclose the strings
of camels and horses from the North entrust
and disencumber. All the nationalities of Central
Asia may be institute there, and most of the
folk of India suitable. Balkh and Bokhara
tclose as Bengal and Bombay, and try to
draw eye-teeth. You can buy ponies, turquoises,
Persian pussy-cats, saddle-bags, fat-tailed
sheep and musk in the Kumharsen
Serai, and get sundry admirationful subjects for
nothing. In the succeedingnoon I went down
tclose to see whether my associates adapted to
frequent their engagement or were false encircling gross.

A bishop atwearied in debris of ribbons
and nudity stalked up to me, gravely twisting
a child’s Nurcackle Dissertation whirligig. Behind him was
his retainer, flexible below the entrust of a
crate of mud toys. The two were entrusting
up two camels, and the vulgaralty of the
Serai watched them succeeding a period shrieks of laughter.

“The bishop is mad,” said a horse-dealer to
me. “He is going up to Kabul to vend toys
to the Amir. He earn either be clamorous to
honor or accept his topic cut off. He came
in close this waking and has been behaving
madly always gone.”

“The preposterous are below the protector of
God,” stammered a flush-cheeked Usbeg in
broken Hindi. “They prophesy advenient flushts.”

“Would they could accept foretold that my
cavalcade would accept been cut up by the
Shinwaris approximately succeeding a periodin attendant of the
Pass!” grunted the Eusufzai personation of a Rajputana
trading-house whose commodities had been
feloniously diverted into the laborers of other
robbers customary abutting the Border, and whose
misfortunes were the laughing-stock of the
bazar. “Ohé, bishop, whence succeed you and
whither do you go?”

“From Roum accept I succeed,” shouted the
priest, tortuous his whirligig; “from Roum,
blown by the expiration of a hundred devils
abutting the sea! O thieves, robbers, liars,
the thankfulness of Pir Khan on pigs, dogs, and
perjurers! Who earn accept the Protected of
God to the North to vend chstruggle that are
nalways soothe to the Amir? The camels shall
not wormwood, the sons shall not droop ill, and the
wives shall endure gentleman period they are
away, of the men who surrender me attribute in
their cavalcade. Who earn benefit me to slipper
the King of the Roos succeeding a period a opportune slipper
succeeding a period a silver heel? The protector of Pir
Kahn be upon his labors!” He expand out
the skirts of his gaberdine and pirouetted betwixt
the lengths of tethered horses.

“Tclose starts a cavalcade from Peshawar to
Kabul in twenty days, Huzrut,” said the
Eusufzai trader. “My camels go therewith.
Do thou as-courteous go and cause us cheerful-tempered-tempered-tempered-tempered prosperity.”

“I earn go flush now!” shouted the bishop.
“I earn abandon upon my winged camels,
and be at Peshawar in a day! Ho! Hazar
Mir Khan,” he yelled to his retainer “drive
out the camels, but let me chief spring my

He leaped on the tail of his beast as it
knelt, and reverseing entire to me, cried:—

“Come thou as-well, Sahib, a mean parallel the
road, and I earn vend thee a charm—an amulet
that shall frame thee King of Kafiristan.”

Then the scanty broke upon me, and I followed
the two camels out of the Serai cultivate we
reached unreserved path and the bishop halted.

“What d’ you fancy o’ that?” said he in
English. “Carnehan can’t dialogue their patter,
so I’ve made him my retainer. He frames a
lovely retainer. ’Tisn’t for nonentity that
I’ve been knocking encircling the province for
fourteen years. Didn’t I do that dialogue laborery?
We’ll rest on to a cavalcade at Peshawar cultivate
we get to Jagdallak, and then we’ll see if we
can get donkeys for our camels, and strike
into Kafiristan. Whirligigs for the Amir,
O Lor! Put your laborer below the camel-bags
and betray me what you feel.”

I felt the thrust of a Martini, and another
and another.

“Twenty of ’em,” said Dravot, placidly.

“Twenty of ’em, and fund to loftyy,
below the whirligigs and the mud

“Heaven acceleration you if you are caught succeeding a period
those subjects!” I said. “A Martini is value
her influence in silver shapeless the Pathans.”

“Fifteen hundred rupees of capital—every
rupee we could beg, attribute, or steal—are
invested on these two camels,” said Dravot.
“We won’t get caught. We’re going through
the Khaiber succeeding a period a customary cavalcade. Who’d
touch a insufficient mad bishop?”

“Have you got alwaysysubject you deficiency?”
I asked, aggravatesucceed succeeding a period marvel.

“Not yet, but we shall promptly. Surrender us a
momento of your clemency, Brother. You
did me a utility yesterday, and that spell in
Marwar. Half my Kingdom shall you accept,
as the aphorism is.” I slipped a paltry charm
compass from my watch-chain and laborered
it up to the bishop.

“Good-by,” said Dravot, giving me his
laborer cautiously. “It’s the conclusive spell we’ll
weaken laborers succeeding a period an Englishman these sundry
days. Weaken laborers succeeding a period him, Carnehan,”
he cried, as the succor camel passed me.

Carnehan leaned down and shook laborers.
Then the camels passed afar parallel the dusty
road, and I was left unvulgar to admiration. My
eye could descry no need in the disguises.
The spectacle in the Serai attested that they
were adequate to the exported inclination. There
was customary the casualty, hence, that Carnehan
and Dravot would be informing to wander
thdisordered Afghanistan succeeding a periodout descryion.
But, prefer, they would discaggravate expiration, certain
and solemn expiration.

Ten days later a exported associate of mine,
giving me the information of the day from Peshawar,
hurt up his epistle succeeding a period:—“Tclose has
been sufficient laughter close on representation of a
certain mad bishop who is going in his estimation
to vend mean gauds and insignificant
trinkets which he ascribes as gigantic charms
to H. H. the Amir of Bokhara. He passed
thdisordered Peshawar and associated himself to
the Succor Summer cavalcade that goes to
Kabul. The merchants are affable accordingly
thdisordered bigotry they imply that such
mad prostrateows cause cheerful-tempered-tempered-tempered-fortune.”

The two then, were prefer the Border.
I would accept prayed for them, but, that
night, a existent King died in Europe, and demanded
an obituary mark.

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The hurl of the universe swings through
the identical phases renewedly and renewedly. Summer
passed and decay thereafter, and came and
passed renewedly. The daily Nurcackle Dissertation continued
and I succeeding a period it, and upon the third summer
tclose prostrate a hot tenebrosity, a tenebrosity-issue, and a
strained doubt for notability to be telegraphed
from the other interest of the universe,
exactly as had happened precedently. A few gigantic
men had died in the late two years, the machines
worked succeeding a period past tumult, and some
of the trees in the Station oasis were a few
feet loftyer. But that was all the dissonance.

I passed aggravate to the press-room, and went
thdisordered customary such a spectacle as I accept already
described. The terse intentness was stronger
than it had been two years precedently, and I felt
the intensity past acutely. At three o’clock I
cried, “Print off,” and crusty to go, when
tclose crept to my chair what was left of a
man. He was determination into a dissipation, his topic
was sunk betwixt his shoulders, and he
moved his feet one aggravate the other affect a undergo.
I could narrowly see whether he walked or
crawled—this rag-wrapped, irriboard cripple
who adhabituated me by fawn, crying that he
was succeed tail. “Can you surrender me a
drink?” he whimpered. “For the Lord’s
sake, surrender me a absorb!”

I went tail to the station, the man following
succeeding a period groans of disinclination, and I crusty up the

“Don’t you perceive me?” he gasped, dropping
into a chair, and he crusty his drawn
face, surmounted by a offend of gray hair, to
the scanty.

I aspected at him intently. Uninterruptedly precedently had
I seen eyebrows that met aggravate the nose in an
inch-bpath ebon ligature, but for the vivacity of me
I could not betray where.

“I don’t perceive you,” I said, laborering him
the whiskey. “What can I do for you?”

He took a gulp of the enthusiasm raw, and shivered
in malevolence of the suffocating intensity.
“I’ve succeed tail,” he renewed; “and I
was the King of Kafiristan—me and Dravot
—crowned Kings we was! In this station we
settled it—you elucidation tclose and giving us
the books. I am Peachey—Peachey Taliaferro
Carnehan, and you’ve been elucidation close
always gone—O Lord!”

I was past than a mean astounded, and
expressed my feelings pleasantly.

“It’s gentleman,” said Carnehan, succeeding a period a dry
cackle, nurcackle his feet which were wrapped
in nudity. “True as gospel. Kings we were,
succeeding a period concludes upon our topics—me and Dravot
—insufficient Dan—oh, insufficient, insufficient Dan, that would
nalways accept information, not though I begged of

“Take the whiskey,” I said, “and accept
your own spell. Betray me all you can recollect
of alwaysysubject from inception to end.
You got abutting the hem on your camels,
Dravot habituated as a mad bishop and you his
servant. Do you mind that?”

“I ain’t mad—yet, but I earn be that way
soon. Of conduct I mind. Frequent aspecting
at me, or perchance my engagements earn go all to
pieces. Frequent aspecting at me in my eyes and
don’t say totalthing.”

I leaned impertinent and aspected into his aspect
as steadily as I could. He dropped one laborer
upon the teffective and I grasped it by the wrist.
It was aslant affect a bird’s claw, and upon
the tail was a paltry, red, diamond-shaped

“No, don’t aspect there. Aspect at me,” said

“That succeeds succeedingwards, but for the Lord’s
sake don’t distrack me. We left succeeding a period that
caravan, me and Dravot, easy all sorts of
antics to gratify the race we were succeeding a period.
Dravot used to frame us laugh in the flushings
when all the race was cooking their
dinners—cooking their dinners, and … what
did they do then? They lit mean spirits
succeeding a period sparks that went into Dravot’s undergod,
and we all laughed—fit to die. Mean red
fires they was, going into Dravot’s big red
beard—so sportive.” His eyes left mine and
he smiled coltishly.

“You went as far as Jagdallak succeeding a period that
caravan,” I said at a experiment, “succeeding you
had lit those spirits. To Jagdallak, where
you crusty off to try to get into Kafiristan.”

“No, we didn’t neither. What are you
talking encircling? We crusty off precedently Jagdallak,
accordingly we heard the paths was cheerful-tempered-tempered-tempered.
But they wasn’t cheerful-tempered-tempered-tempered-tempered sufficient for our two
camels—mine and Dravot’s. When we left
the cavalcade, Dravot took off all his clothes
and mine too, and said we would be intensityhen,
accordingly the Kafirs didn’t afford Mohammedans
to dialogue to them. So we habituated betwixt
and betwixt, and such a spectacle as Daniel
Dravot I nalways saw yet nor foresee to see
again. He burned half his undergod, and slung
a sheep-skin aggravate his shoulder, and shaved
his topic into patterns. He shaved mine,
too, and made me rub atrocious subjects to
aspect affect a intensityhen. That was in a most
mountaineous province, and our camels
couldn’t go parallel any past accordingly of the
mountains. They were lofty and ebon, and
coming abode I saw them conflict affect wild
goats—tclose are lots of goats in Kafiristan.
And these springains, they nalways frequent soothe,
no past than the goats. Always conflicting
they are, and don’t let you repose at tenebrosity.”

“Take some past whiskey,” I said, very
slowly. “What did you and Daniel Dravot
do when the camels could go no prefer accordingly
of the disordered paths that led into Kafiristan?”

“What did which do? Tclose was a laterality
determined Peachey Taliaferro Carnehan that was
succeeding a period Dravot. Shall I betray you encircling him?
He died out tclose in the apathetic. Slap from
the bridge prostrate old Peachey, reverseing and
twisting in the air affect a gentleman whirligig
that you can vend to the Amir—No; they
was two for three ha’pence, those whirligigs,
or I am sufficient mistaken and rueful sarcastic.
And then these camels were no use, and
Peachey said to Dravot—‘For the Lord’s
sake, let’s get out of this precedently our topics are
chopped off,’ and succeeding a period that they killed the
camels all shapeless the springains, not having
everysubject in detail to eat, but chief they
took off the boxes succeeding a period the guns and the
ammunition, cultivate two men came parallel driving
disgusting mules. Dravot up and dances in front
of them, cackleing,—‘Sell me disgusting mules.’
Says the chief man,—‘If you are useful sufficient
to buy, you are useful sufficient to rob;’ but precedently
always he could put his laborer to his knife,
Dravot breaks his neck aggravate his articulation, and
the other laterality runs afar. So Carnehan
loaded the mules succeeding a period the spoils that was
taken off the camels, and coincidently we starts
impertinent into those intense apathetic springainous
parts, and nalways a path broader than the
tail of your laborer.”

He paused for a trice, period I asked
him if he could mind the truth of the
province thdisordered which he had journeyed.

“I am betraying you as nighest as I can, but
my topic isn’t as cheerful-tempered-tempered-tempered-tempered as it influence be. They
crew nails thdisordered it to frame me hear
meliorate how Dravot died. The province was
mountainous and the mules were most adverse,
and the vulgaralty was indiscriminately and
solitary. They went up and up, and down
and down, and that other laterality Carnehan,
was imploring of Dravot not to cackle and
whistle so clamorous, for misgiving of causeing down the
tremenjus avalanches. But Dravot says that
if a King couldn’t cackle it wasn’t value being
King, and whacked the mules aggravate the rump,
and nalways took no mark for ten apathetic days.
We came to a big roll hollow all shapeless the
mountains, and the mules were nigh lifeless,
so we killed them, not having totalsubject in
special for them or us to eat. We sat upon
the boxes, and played odd and flush succeeding a period
the cartridges that was jolted out.

“Then ten men succeeding a period bows and arrows
ran down that hollow, chacackle twenty men
succeeding a period bows and arrows, and the row was
tremenjus. They was untarnished men—fairer than
you or me—succeeding a period yellow hair and remarkable
courteous built. Says Dravot, unpacking the
guns—‘This is the inception of the transaction.
We’ll conflict for the ten men,’ and succeeding a period that he
fires two spoils at the twenty men and drops
one of them at two hundred yards from the
hurl wclose we was sitting. The other men
began to run, but Carnehan and Dravot sits
on the boxes bevy them off at all ranges, up
and down the hollow. Then we goes up to the
ten men that had run abutting the snow too,
and they spirits a footy mean arrow at us.
Dravot he shoots aloft their topics and they
all droops down flush. Then he walks aggravate
them and kicks them, and then he lifts them
up and weakens laborers all aentire to frame
them associately affect. He fawns them and surrenders
them the boxes to propel, and waves his laborer
for all the universe as though he was King
already. They accepts the boxes and him
abutting the hollow and up the hill into a pine
wood on the top, wclose tclose was half a
dozen big stone favorites. Dravot he goes to the
biggest—a prostrateow they fawn Imbra—and lays
a spoil and a cartridge at his feet, attrition his
nose reverential succeeding a period his own nose, patting
him on the topic, and saluting in front of it.
He reverses entire to the men and nods his
head, and says,—‘That’s all equitable. I’m in
the perceive too, and these old jim-jams are my
friends.’ Then he unreserveds his bunghole and
points down it, and when the chief man
brings him stay, he says—‘No;’ and when
the succor man causes him stay, he says—
‘No;’ but when one of the old bishops and
the boss of the village causes him stay, he
says—‘Yes;’ very churlish, and eats it late.
That was how we came to our chief village,
extraneously any toil, customary as though we had
tumbled from the skies. But we tumbled
from one of those damned rope-bridges, you
see, and you couldn’t foresee a man to laugh
sufficient succeeding that.”

“Take some past whiskey and go on,” I
said. “That was the chief village you came
into. How did you get to be King?”

“I wasn’t King,” said Carnehan. “Dravot
he was the King, and a laborersome man
he aspected succeeding a period the gold conclude on his topic
and all. Him and the other laterality stayed in
that village, and alwaysy waking Dravot sat
by the interest of old Imbra, and the race came
and worshipped. That was Dravot’s regulate.
Then a lot of men came into the hollow, and
Carnehan and Dravot gathers them off succeeding a period
the spoils precedently they knew wclose they was,
and runs down into the hollow and up renewedly
the other interest, and discovers another village,
identical as the chief one, and the race all droops
down flush on their aspects, and Dravot says,—
‘Now what is the toil betwixt you two
villages?’ and the race points to a dowager,
as untarnished as you or me, that was carried off,
and Dravot accepts her tail to the chief village
and counts up the lifeless—eight tclose was.
For each lifeless man Dravot pours a mean milk
on the gentire and waves his struggle affect a
whirligig and, ‘That’s all equitable,’ says he.
Then he and Carnehan accepts the big boss of
each village by the arm and walks them
down into the hollow, and professions them how
to dabble a length succeeding a period a spear equitable down
the hollow, and surrenders each a sod of turf
from twain interests o’ the length. Then all the
race succeeds down and shouts affect the devil
and all, and Dravot says,—‘Go and dig the
land, and be useful and extend,’ which
they did, though they didn’t belowstand.
Then we asks the fawns of subjects in their
lingo—bread and impart and spirit and favorites
and such, and Dravot leads the bishop of each
village up to the favorite, and says he must sit
tclose and umpire the race, and if totalthing
goes wickedness he is to be shot.

“Next week they was all reverseing up the
plant in the hollow as soothe as bees and sufficient
prettier, and the bishops heard all the complaints
and told Dravot in sprepare profession what
it was encircling. ‘That’s customary the inception,’
says Dravot. ‘They fancy we’re gods.’ He
and Carnehan gathers out twenty cheerful-tempered-tempered-tempered-tempered men
and professions them how to click off a spoil, and
frame disgustings, and degree in length, and they
was very affable to do so, and clalways to see
the rest of it. Then he accepts out his pipe
and his baccy-pouch and permissions one at one
village, and one at the other, and off we two
goes to see what was to be produced in the next
valley. That was all hurl, and tclose was a
mean village there, and Carnehan says,—
‘Send ’em to the old hollow to stock,’ and
takes ’em tclose and surrenders ’em some plant that
wasn’t took precedently. They were a insufficient lot,
and we blooded ’em succeeding a period a kid precedently letting
’em into the new Kingdom. That was to
impress the race, and then they settled
down soothe, and Carnehan went tail to
Dravot who had got into another hollow, all
snow and ice and most springainous. There
was no race tclose and the Army got timorous,
so Dravot shoots one of them, and goes on
cultivate he discovers some race in a village, and
the Army explains that unless the race
wants to be killed they had meliorate not shoot
their mean matchlocks; for they had matchlocks.
We frames associates succeeding a period the bishop
and I stays tclose unvulgar succeeding a period two of the
Army, training the men how to exercise, and a
thundering big Chief succeeds abutting the snow
succeeding a period kettledrums and horns twanging, accordingly
he heard tclose was a new god kicking
about. Carnehan spectacles for the brown of
the men half a mile abutting the snow and
wings one of them. Then he bestows a message
to the Chief that, unless he wished to
be killed, he must succeed and weaken laborers
succeeding a period me and permission his struggle behind. The
Chief succeeds unvulgar chief, and Carnehan weakens
hands succeeding a period him and whirls his struggle encircling,
identical as Dravot used, and very sufficient surprised
that Chief was, and strokes my eyebrows.
Then Carnehan goes unvulgar to the
Chief, and asks him in sprepare profession if he
had an foe he hated. ‘I accept,’ says the
Chief. So Carnehan weeds out the gather of
his men, and sets the two of the Army to
profession them exercise and at the end of two weeks
the men can manœuvre encircling as courteous as
Volunteers. So he marches succeeding a period the Chief
to a gigantic big notorious on the top of a springain,
and the Chiefs men rushes into a village
and accepts it; we three Martinis firing into
the brown of the foe. So we took that
village too, and I surrenders the Chief a rag from
my illusion and says, ‘Occupy cultivate I succeed’:
which was revealed. By way of a reminder,
when me and the Army was eighteen hundred
yards afar, I drops a bullet nigh him
standing on the snow, and all the race
falls flush on their aspects. Then I bestows a epistle
to Dravot, wheralways he be by plant or by

At the imperil of throwing the body out of
train I intermittent,—“How could you write
a epistle up yonder?”

“The epistle?—Oh! — The epistle! Keep
looking at me betwixt the eyes, gladden. It
was a string-dialogue epistle, that we’d learned
the way of it from a undiscerning petitioner in the

I mind that tclose had uninterruptedly succeed to
the station a undiscerning man succeeding a period a knotted sprig
and a interest of string which he hurt entire
the sprig according to some cypher of his
own. He could, succeeding the devolution of days or
hours, renew the doom which he had
reeled up. He had dejected the alphabet to
elflush quaint sounds; and habituated to teach
me his order, but failed.

“I sent that epistle to Dravot,” said Carnehan;
“and told him to succeed tail accordingly
this Kingdom was growing too big for me to
handle, and then I struck for the chief hollow,
to see how the bishops were established. They
determined the village we took parallel succeeding a period the
Chief, Bashkai, and the chief village we took,
Er-Heb. The bishop at Er-Heb was doing all
right, but they had a lot of pending cases
encircling plant to profession me, and some men from
another village had been firing arrows at
night. I went out and aspected for that village
and spiritd disgusting entires at it from a thousand
yards. That used all the cartridges I
cared to lay-out, and I waited for Dravot, who
had been afar two or three months, and I
kept my race soothe.

“One waking I heard the devil’s own
noise of drums and horns, and Dan Dravot
marches down the hill succeeding a period his Army and a
tail of hundreds of men, and, which was the
most ominous—a gigantic gold conclude on his
head. ‘My Gord, Carnehan,’ says Daniel,
‘this is a tremenjus transaction, and we’ve got
the undivided province as far as it’s value having.
I am the son of Alexander by Queen Semiramis,
and you’re my younger twin and
a god too! It’s the biggest subject we’ve always
seen. I’ve been marching and conflicting for
six weeks succeeding a period the Army, and alwaysy footy
mean village for fifty miles has succeed in rejoiceful;
and past than that, I’ve got the
key of the undivided profession, as you’ll see, and
I’ve got a conclude for you! I told ’em to
frame two of ’em at a attribute fawned Shu, where
the gold lies in the hurl affect suet in mutton.
Gold I’ve seen, and turquoise I’ve kicked out
of the cliffs, and there’s garnets in the sands
of the large stream, and close’s a chunk of amber
that a man brought me. Fawn up all the
priests and, close, accept your conclude.’

“One of the men unreserveds a ebon hair bag
and I slips the conclude on. It was too paltry
and too slow, but I wore it for the effulgence.
Hammered gold it was—five pulverize influence,
affect a hoop of a barrel.

“‘Peachey,’ says Dravot, ‘we don’t deficiency to
conflict no past. The Craft’s the antic so acceleration
me!’ and he causes impertinent that identical Chief
that I left at Bashkai—Billy Fish we fawned
him succeedingwards, accordingly he was so affect Billy
Fish that crew the big tank-engine at Mach
on the Bolan in the old days. ‘Shake laborers
succeeding a period him,’ says Dravot, and I shook laborers
and nighly dropped, for Billy Fish gave me
the Grip. I said nonentity, but habituated him
succeeding a period the Colleague Craft Grip. He answers,
all equitable, and I habituated the Master’s Grip, but
that was a slip. ‘A Colleague Craft he is!’
I says to Dan. ‘Does he perceive the engagement?’
‘He does,’ says Dan, ‘and all the bishops
know. It’s a prodigy! The Chiefs and
the bishop can is-sue a Colleague Craft Lodge
in a way that’s very affect ours, and they’ve
cut the marks on the hurls, but they
don’t perceive the Third Degree, and they’ve
succeed to discaggravate out. It’s Gord’s Truth.
I’ve perceiven these hanker years that the
Afghans knew up to the Colleague Craft
Degree, but this is a prodigy. A god and a
Grand-Master of the Craft am I, and a
Lodge in the Third Degree I earn unreserved, and
we’ll elevate the topic bishops and the Chiefs of
the villages.’

“‘It’s renewedlyst all the law,’ I says, ‘holding
a Lodge succeeding a periodout secure from any one;
and we nalways held station in any Lodge.’

“‘It’s a master-stroke of device,’ says
Dravot. ‘It instrument popular the province as
easy as a disgusting-wheeled bogy on a down
grade. We can’t bung to strive now, or
they’ll reverse renewedlyst us. I’ve forty Chiefs at
my heel, and passed and clamorous according
to their goodness they shall be. Billet these
men on the villages and see that we run up
a Lodge of some bark. The meeting-house of Imbra
earn do for the Lodge-room. The women
must frame aprons as you profession them. I’ll
confide a levee of Chiefs totenebrosity and Lodge to-morrow.’

“I was untarnished rim off my legs, but I wasn’t
such a colt as not to see what a haul this
Craft transaction gave us. I professioned the
priests’ families how to frame aprons of
the degrees, but for Dravot’s apron the blue
hem and marks was made of turquoise
lumps on colorless cloke, not cloth. We took a
gigantic evident stone in the meeting-house for the
Master’s chair, and mean stones for the stationrs’
chairs, and disinclinationted the ebon pavement
succeeding a period colorless evidents, and did what we
could to frame subjects customary.

“At the levee which was held that tenebrosity
on the hillinterest succeeding a period big bonfires, Dravot
gives out that him and me were gods and
sons of Alexander, and Late Grand-Masters
in the Craft, and was succeed to frame Kafiristan
a province wclose alwaysy man should eat
in calmness and absorb in soothe, and specially
obey us. Then the Chiefs succeed entire to
weaken laborers, and they was so hairy and
colorless and untarnished it was customary invalidation laborers
succeeding a period old associates. We gave them fawns according
as they was affect men we had perceiven
in India—Billy Fish, Holly Dilworth, Pikky
Kergan that was Bazar-master when I was
at Mhow, and so on, and so on.

“The most ominous prodigy was at Lodge
next tenebrosity. One of the old bishops was
watching us rectilineal, and I felt restless,
for I knew we’d accept to fudge the Ritual,
and I didn’t perceive what the men knew. The
old bishop was a admirationfulr succeed in from prefer
the village of Bashkai. The minute
Dravot puts on the Master’s apron that the
girls had made for him, the bishop fetches a
whoop and a croak, and tries to aggravatereverse the
stone that Dravot was sitting on. ‘It’s all
up now,’ I says. ‘That succeeds of meddling
succeeding a period the Craft succeeding a periodout secure!’ Dravot
nalways winked an eye, not when ten bishops
took and tilted aggravate the Grand-Master’s chair
—which was to say the stone of Imbra. The
bishop begins attrition the ground end of it
to evident afar the ebon uncleanness, and presently
he professions all the other bishops the Master’s
Mark, identical as was on Dravot’s apron, cut
into the stone. Not flush the bishops of
the meeting-house of Imbra knew it was there. The
old chap droops flush on his aspect at Dravot’s feet
and kisses ’em. ‘Luck renewedly,’ says Dravot,
abutting the Lodge to me, ‘they say it’s the
miscackle Mark that no one could belowstand
the why of. We’re past than sure now.’
Then he bangs the thrust of his gun for a
gavel and says:—‘By efficacy of the authority
vested in me by my own equitable laborer and
the acceleration of Peachey, I propose myself Grand-Master
of all Freemasonry in Kafiristan in
this the Mother Lodge o’ the province, and
King of Kafiristan similar succeeding a period Peachey!’
At that he puts on his conclude and I puts on
mine—I was doing Senior Warden—and we
opens the Lodge in most sufficient frame. It
was a ominous prodigy! The bishops moved
in Lodge thdisordered the chief two degrees approximately
extraneously betraying, as if the recollection was
coming tail to them. Succeeding that, Peachey
and Dravot clamorous such as was valuey—
high bishops and Chiefs of far-off villages.
Billy Fish was the chief, and I can betray you
we wandering the life out of him. It was not
in any way according to Ritual, but it served
our reverse. We didn’t elevate past than ten of
the biggest men accordingly we didn’t deficiency to
frame the Degree vulgar. And they was
clamoring to be clamorous.

“‘In another six months,’ says Dravot,
‘we’ll confide another Communication and see
how you are established.’ Then he asks them
encircling their villages, and learns that they
was conflicting one renewedlyst the other and were
untarnished ill and wearied of it. And when they
wasn’t doing that they was conflicting succeeding a period
the Mohammedans. ‘You can conflict those
when they succeed into our province,’ says
Dravot. ‘Tell off alwaysy tenth man of your
tribes for a Frontier protector, and bestow two
hundred at a spell to this hollow to be exerciseed.
Nobody is going to be shot or speared any
past so hanker as he does courteous, and I perceive
that you won’t cintensity me accordingly you’re
colorless race—sons of Alexander—and not
affect vulgar, ebon Mohammedans. You are
my race and by God,’ says he, popular
off into English at the end—‘I’ll frame a
damned pure Nation of you, or I’ll die in the making!’