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Kim by Rudyard Kipling

KIM

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RUDYARD KIPLING

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[Illustration: Kim.]

KIM

Rudyard Kipling

[Illustration]

_Doubleday & Company, Inc._

GARDEN CITY NEW YORK

COPYRIGHT, 1900, 1901

BY RUDYARD KIPLING

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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Printed in the United States of America

KIM

CHAPTER I

'Oh ye who tread the Narrow Way By Tophet-flare to Judgment Day, Be gentle when the heathen pray To Buddha at Kamakura!'

HE sat, in defiance of municipal orders, astride the gun Zam-Zammah on her brick platform opposite the old Ajaib-Gher--the Wonder House, as the natives call the Lahore Museum. Who hold Zam-Zammah, that 'fire-breathing dragon,' hold the Punjab, for the great green-bronze piece is always first of the conqueror's loot.

There was some justification for Kim,--he had kicked Lala Dinanath's boy off the trunnions,--since the English held the Punjab and Kim was English. Though he was burned black as any native; though he spoke the vernacular by preference, and his mother-tongue in a clipped


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