The Smith Administration
WHAT IT COMES TO
Notes edited by David Page.
In preparing these notes, the present
Editor has drawn where appropriate
on those of the ORG.
The regiment of the line that Kipling knew best was the 5th Northumberland Fusiliers who were stationed at Mian Mir from 1886 to 1888; he calls them ‘The Tyneside Tail-Twisters’. They had fought in the Afghan War, though not in any action that can be identified in a Kipling story.[Page 427, line 9] the Pioneer the newspaper in Allahabad for which Kipling was currently working.
Very few officers could be trusted not to make a mess of company drill occasionally, so I think the implication is that, whatever happens, he would not blame someone else. [R.A.][Page 431, lines 16 & 17] 'e don't know nor care a brass farden about you A brass farthing was a coin worth a quarter of an old penny, i.e. virtually nothing. Originally made from silver, from the 1600s they were minted from copper, and at one time had a small plug of brass inserted in the coin to deter forgers. The use of the term in this story is to ask what happens 'if your officer cares nothing about you’.