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Diversity of Creatures - Ruyard Kipling

Diversity of Creatures - Ruyard Kipling

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The Project Gutenberg eBook, A Diversity of Creatures, by Rudyard KiplingThis eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and withalmost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away orre-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License includedwith this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.netTitle: A Diversity of CreaturesAuthor: Rudyard KiplingRelease Date: August 2, 2004 [eBook #13085]Language: EnglishCharacter set encoding: ISO-646-US (US-ASCII)***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK A DIVERSITY OF CREATURES***E-text prepared by Charles Aldarondo, Charlie Kirschner, and the ProjectGutenberg Online Distributed Proofreading TeamA DIVERSITY OF CREATURESByRUDYARD KIPLING1917PREFACEWith two exceptions, the dates at the head of these stories show whenthey were published in magazine form. 'The Village that Voted the Earthwas 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 CREATURESAs Easy as A.B.C.(1912)_The A.B.C., that semi-elected, semi-nominated body of a few scorepersons, controls the Planet. Transportation is Civilisation, our mottoruns. Theoretically we do what we please, so long as we do not interferewith the traffic_ and all it implies. _Practically, the A.B.C. confirmsor annuls all international arrangements, and, to judge from its lastreport, finds our tolerant, humorous, lazy little Planet only too readyto 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 theproceedings of the Aerial Board of Control? One knows that easycommunications nowadays, and lack of privacy in the past, have killedall curiosity among mankind, but as the Board's Official Reporter I ambound to tell my tale.At 9.30 A.M., August 26, A.D. 2065, the Board, sitting in London, wasinformed by De Forest that the District of Northern Illinois hadriotously cut itself out of all systems and would remain disconnectedtill the Board should take over and administer it direct.Every Northern Illinois freight and passenger tower was, he reported,out of action; all District main, local, and guiding lights had beenextinguished; all General Communications were dumb, and through traffichad been diverted. No reason had been given, but he gatheredunofficially from the Mayor of Chicago that the District complained of'crowd-making and invasion of privacy.'As a matter of fact, it is of no importance whether Northern Illinoisstay in or out of planetary circuit; as a matter of policy, anycomplaint of invasion of privacy needs immediate investigation, lestworse follow.By 9-45 A.M. De Forest, Dragomiroff (Russia), Takahira (Japan), andPirolo (Italy) were empowered to visit Illinois and 'to take such stepsas might be necessary for the resumption of traffic and _all that thatimplies.'_ By 10 A.M. the Hall was empty, and the four Members and Iwere aboard what Pirolo insisted on calling 'my leetle godchild'--thatis to say, the new _Victor Pirolo_. Our Planet prefers to know VictorPirolo as a gentle, grey-haired enthusiast who spends his time nearFoggia, inventing or creating new breeds of Spanish-Italian olive-trees;but there is another side to his nature--the manufacture of quaintinventions, of which the _Victor Pirolo_ is, perhaps, not the leastsurprising. She and a few score sister-craft of the same type embody his

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