Notes on the text
These notes, edited by John Radcliffe, are partly new, and partly based on the notes on this tale in the ORG. We are much indebted to Professor Harish Trivedi of the University of Delhi for advice on a number of points. The ORG Editor, Reginald Harbord, received much assistance on technical matters from P.W. Inwood. The page and line numbers below refer to the Macmillan (London) Standard Edition of The Day's Work, as published and frequently reprinted between 1898 and 1950.
My dear Stoney,Mr Lindley's letter continues:
Sorry I can't find a better edition of the following yarn. The Ganges is the Sutlej and Kashi is Ferozepur: the bridge is now called the Kaisarin-i-Hind and Amyas Morse has just put a paper before the Inst. C. E. about its protective works. The tale is a farrago of bridge building stories told to R.K. at various times. Hitchcock was an assistant engineer called L. G. Beckett who died of cholera in Calcutta, and Findlayson is your old friend J.R.B.
Bell probably has a permanent fame. What he is known for is the devising of a system of guide-banks for containing the alluvial rivers of Northern India in a channel narrower than the bed they wander about in, with protection that will avoid attack on the work for whose sake they are thus contained, and also provide against the attack of the river on their critical points. It would seem that his nature was to invent or devise, but that he lacked the tact necessary to overcome the conservatism of his seniors and to convince his colleagues ... The Bunds were also used widely for canal works, though these did not call for so much reduction in the width.[Page 1, line 21] C.I.E. Companion of the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire. Instituted in 1877 by Queen Victoria, Empress of India.
Original sin ... is the fault and corruption of the Nature of every man, that naturally is engendered of the offspring of Adam; whereby man is very far gone from original righteousness, and is of his own nature inclined to evil...[Page 3, line 21] Hitchcock See the note on page 1 line 1 above.