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THE KENTUCKY GIRL.
The modest corps was honoured in a roaring parting toast,
For, Choate Ulysses Choodle was the Colonel.
When the special correspondents vowed she needn't harbour
fears, She smiled so very sweetly, but she smiled through falling tears ; She leaned
the neck and breathed her love into the ears Of Choate Ulysses Choodle, who was Colonel.
The corps sailed southern waters, till they reached Manila Bay;
Though able lawyer Choodle was the Colonel.
The brown man kicked at suasion, chipped away to gulch and
cave, He showed his wild-cat daring by the way he slashed and drave; They called him half a heathen, but they held the rogue was brave,
And so vowed Choate Ulysses, U.S. Colonel.
They judged the job was toughish, and the fever fired their
blood; The ague followed after, and they found it far from good; And many a grave curved greenly where a soldier once had stood
By Choate Ulysses Choodle, who was Colonel.
The morning mists were choking, and the foemen bold and deep;
For all the white invaders with their Colonel.
The brown men dodged and twisted, charged and ran, and came
again; The bullets pinged and whistled like a rushing orient rain, And one of them plugged hotly in the centre of the brain
Of Choate Ulysses Choodle, gallant Colonel.
The fair Kentucky damsel was of wondrous pluck and grit,She made no public wailings, though her heart was sorely hit ; She tumbled dead at typing, for her soul was winged to flit
And join her Choate Ulysses who was Colonel.
W. H. H.
POLO AND POLITICS.
In the history of polo it different to the play shown by would be difficult to find a the Royal Horse Guards or the more picturesque presentment Inniskillings on the velvet lawns of the game, even in its Eastern of Hurlingham or Ranelagh; but home, than during the polo-week it is hearty and skilful neverat Gilgit. There the wild fron- theless, and is marked by some tier tribes are represented, and, surprising feats of horsemanwith the barbaric pomp and ship. The hill-ponies are handy, pageantry dear to the heart of and are managed with consumthe untutored son of the East, mate skill; and though, under men whose feuds have been the their unwieldy saddles and cause of some of our worst fron- strange trappings, they seem tier troubles meet in friendly all too small for their highrivalry. Last year it was the turbaned riders, they prove teams representing Hunza and themselves fully equal to their Nagar, names of sinister import part in the game. The raja of to those who are responsible for the side which has the right to the government of our Indian begin grasps the stick and ball frontier, which met in the finals in his right hand, and, followed of the Gilgit tournament. by the other players, gallops at
Those who have seen twelve full stretch to the centre of the of these teams ride on to the ground, throws the ball up, and ground at the beginning of the hits it while in the air. This Gilgit week are never likely to starts the game, and wild shouts forget it. Each team of twelve and clashing of sticks, and the horsemen, in the brilliant dress thud of the galloping hoofs, of their tribe, headed by their mingle with strange music, and raja and their band, advance stir the pulses even of the selfwith the majesty they consider possessed European onlooker, due to their own dignity on any while they rouse the impulsive public or semi-official occasion. Easterns to a perfect frenzy. Their musicians on weird instru- Backwards and forwards dash ments herald their approach- the players, heedless of any blow ing triumph, for all have the that does not disable them, and most implicit faith in themselves taking in good part whatever and their fellow-tribesmen, and the fortune of the day may never believe in the possibility bring. No places are kept, with of defeat before it actually the exception of that of the goal
With the fortunes of keepers, who remain to guard the game the music is trium- the posts, and do not go up phant or sad, according as the into the game at all. The other tribesmen press victoriously on twenty-two players dash hither their adversaries or are pressed and thither, apparently in the by them.
wildest confusion, but always The game, indeed, is very in chase of the flying ball.
They have few rules but much are alive to the necessity of enthusiasm, the best of good bridging over, if possible, the fellowship prevails, and the dividing chasm, and many and sight may well give food for various methods have been tried. serious reflection to our poli- These ve been honestly carticians, whose thoughts, it may ried out by those for whose be, seldom turn to sport. For benefit they were framed, but here there is something more with what result ? Native than a mere phase of sport. gentlemen, whose pride of race This eager play is the symbol is as their very life-blood, and of the influence that prevails to who are accustomed to the ready break down the barriers of race, deference of their inferiors, have and bind together in amity the attended the At Homes of our fellow-subjects of the East and governors, and stood in silent West.
discomfort in scenes in which Every thoughtful man who they felt they were out of place, has spent any time in our and where their dignity was Indian empire must have been overshadowed by that of a struck with the yawning chasm higher power. Englishmen of that divides the Englishman position have gone to native and the native. The social entertainments, and have sat standards of these classes are with wreaths of roses twined indeed widely different, and round their necks and wrists, each regards the ways and trying to look neither bored nor customs of the other with the foolish under the infliction, and contempt born of utter lack succeeding but poorly in the of comprehension. Both the attempt.
Each class has enhabits and social amusements deavoured to be polite and to of the Englishman are ridicu- conceal his boredom at the inlous to the native, whose names comprehensible foolishness of for our picnics and fancy dress the other; and if the Asiatic balls, known to him as the fool's has on the whole succeeded best, dinner (pagal khana) and the this is to be attributed to his fool's dance (pagali nautch), superior power of adaptability. are typical of his attitude of Then it was thought that mind towards them; while few if the bond of union was not need to be reminded of the lordly to be found in social intercourse, scorn of our fellow-countrymen it might perchance be disfor the ways of those whose covered on the common ground misfortune it is not only to be of literature. Universities must born of another nation, but that be provided ; and when the nation a dark-skinned one. native mind had absorbed West
Yet daily and hourly in the ern culture, it would run in the official life of that vast country same groove as that of the eduthese two classes meet, and the cated Englishman. But what whole machinery of Government has in effect been the result depends on their amicable and of the crowd of M.A.'s and loyal co-operation. Our states- B.A.'s turned out by the Unimen, both at home and in India, versities of Calcutta, Bombay,
and Lahore? An acute Oxford their adversary is a good fellow tutor once replied to a question and generous opponent, and thus as to whether a certain man a sure foundation for future would or would not get "a friendly intercourse is laid. first ” by an emphatic “No; he Not only do we the looks on his work as “lessons,' wildest of the frontier men and will not get more than a forgetting their tribal hatreds second.” Now this just touches and jealousies in a tournament the root of our failure to com- organised by the English Resibine culture with education in dent and his subordinates at our training of the youthful Gilgit, but in our great miliAsiatic. With him Shakespeare tary cantonments English and and Scott are “lessons,” which native teams meet, and find he obediently crams, but which the strongest of social bonds in teach him little and affect him doing so. No better example not at all. At the end of his of this can be found than duruniversity career the fine flavour ing the Christmas week at of an Oxford culture is as much Mian Mir, when our troops are unknown to him as when he in their winter quarters; and attended his first lecture; and Lahore, only four miles distant, our failure has taught us that, will turn out its large European educate the Eastern as we may, and native population almost it is not thus we shall teach him to a man to see a polo-match to look at things from our own at the cantonments. On the social or literary standpoint. ground you will see convey
But where the Lieutenant- ances of all sorts and colours Governor and the professor and dimensions, from the lordly have failed, quite another per- barouche of the Lieutenantson has had no small share of Governor, with its scarletsuccess. The subaltern, whose liveried servants and wellknowledge is too often chiefly groomed horses, down to the cram, and whose highest am- tiny country ekka, the lightest bition is to get into the service and most ingenious of primitive somehow, even if he should be structures, which will carry a the last to pass into or out of surprising load of slim, lightly Sandhurst, has opened a way clad natives. There, too, wiil of union where the highest be the native prince, driving a diplomatic and scholarly minds four-in-hand with much showy have failed. In the simple love plated harness, the effect of of sport that distinguishes him, which to an English eye is he has struck a vein in the almost sure to be marred by native character which all his one or more breakages having superiors have failed to reach. been made good with odd fragOn the polo - field the nativements of string; and the fat forgets to be stiff and the bunniah, who looks on from the Englishman to be haughty, and hired gharry, and who very under the influence of their likely has lent his Highness the common love for a manly exer- Nawab the money wherewith cise they each discover that to buy his resplendent team of