Notes on the text
These notes, by Max Rives, are partly new, and partly based on the ORG. The page and line numbers below refer to the Macmillan (London) Standard Edition of Limits and Renewals, as published and frequently reprinted between 1932 and 1950.
The Editor, as an officer in a Territorial Battalion of Infantry at the time, is not too sensitive, and would add the Music-Hall phrase which came into use after 1918 -- "PBI" -- which did not mean "Pure Beautiful Infantry" but "Poor Bloody Infantry", sometimes pictured as caught in no man's land between the fire of our own artillery and that of the enemy -- not to mention our tanks also.[Page 334, line 8] Juggernauts from the Hindi, meaning 'Lord of the World', one of the titles of Krishna. An idol of the deity was dragged in procession in the streets of Puri on an enormous chariot under the wheels of which devotees threw themselves to be crushed. Rather an exaggeration in this case.
Long years ago, ere Rolls or RoyceTo construe, the reference to Rolls and Royce reflects Kipling's ownership of the splendid car in which he motored through France in the 1920s.
Trebled the mileage man could cover;
When Shanks's Mare was Hobson's Choice,
And Blériot had not flown to Dover...