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A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling

A DIVERSITY OF CREATURES

By

RUDYARD KIPLING

1917

PREFACE

With two exceptions, the dates at the head of these stories show when they were published in magazine form. 'The Village that Voted the Earth was Flat,' and 'My Son's Wife' carry the dates when they were written.

RUDYARD KIPLING.

CONTENTS

As Easy as ABC

_MacDonough's Song_

Friendly Brook

_The Land_

In the Same Boat

'_Helen all Alone_'

The Honours of War

_The Children_

The Dog Hervey

_The Comforters_

The Village that Voted the Earth was Flat

_The Press_

In the Presence

_Jobson's Amen_

Regulus

_A Translation_

The Edge of the Evening

_Rebirth_

The Horse Marines

_The Legend of Mirth_

'My Son's Wife'

_The Floods_

_The Fabulists_

The Vortex

_The Song of Seven Cities_

'Swept and Garnished'

Mary Postgate

_The Beginnings_

A DIVERSITY OF CREATURES

As Easy as A.B.C.

(1912)

_The A.B.C., that semi-elected, semi-nominated body of a few score persons, controls the Planet. Transportation is Civilisation, our motto runs. Theoretically we do what we please, so long as we do not interfere with the traffic_ and all it implies. _Practically, the A.B.C. confirms or annuls all international arrangements, and, to judge from its last report, finds our tolerant, humorous, lazy little Planet only too ready to shift the whole burden of public administration on its shoulders_.

'With the Night Mail[1].'

[Footnote 1: _Actions and Reactions_.]

Isn't it almost time that our Planet took some interest in the proceedings of the Aerial Board of Control? One knows that easy communications nowadays, and lack of privacy in the past, have killed all curiosity among mankind, but as the Board's Official Reporter I am bound to tell my tale.


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