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By Rudyard Kipling
Author of” Plain Tales from the Hills,” “The Seven Seas,” “The Jungle Books,” “The Day’s Work,” “Stalky & Co.,” etc.
DOUBLEDAY, PAGE & COMPANY 1901
Copyright 1900, 1901
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
‘Beggars a plenty have I met, and holy men to boot, but never such a yogi nor such a disciple.’
He sat long-legged on the little beast, with the big sword at his side — hand dropped on the pommel — staring fiercely over the flat lands.
The lama and Kim walked a little to one side; Kim chewing his stick of sugar-cane, and making way for no one under the status of a priest.
‘First I will take my pay,’ the letter-writer said.
‘Pathans are not faithless—except in horseflesh.’
‘They are all most holy and—most greedy . . . I have walked the pillars and trodden the temples till my feet are flayed, and the child is no whit better.’
Full-fleshed, heavy-haunched, bull-necked, and deep-voiced.
‘I am the woman of Shamlegh.’
He crossed his hands on his lap and smiled, as a man who has won
Salvation for himself and his beloved.