By Lord Birkenhead

ISBN-10: 0352305576

ISBN-13: 9780352305572

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Js For compensation Rudyard was given a holiday when his father returned from India, and they went together to the Paris Exposition of 1878 where Lockwood was in charge of Indian exhibits. Rudyard was allowed to wander alone through the city and the exhibition grounds, and his adoration for France began from that moment. Our happy expedition crossed the Channel in a steamer, I think, made of two steamers attached to each other side by side, (was it the old CalaisDouvres designed to prevent seasickness, which even the Gods themselves cannot do) and, late at night, we came to a boarding house full of English people at the back of the Pare Monceau.

The school buildings were a row of twelve bleak lodging-houses by the shore near the curve of the Bay, bought by the 38 RUDYARD KIPLING proprietors of the school and linked by a covered passage running the length of the buildings. At one end was a barrack-like hall used for assemblies, daily prayers, and exercise in wet weather. The row of houses looked out across the sea, turbulent and white-horsed in winter, to Hartland Point and Baggy Point which enclosed the Bay, and the broad estuary of the Torridge.

They obviously could not afford high salaries and must have had some difficulty in securing their staff. ' 3 The founding of the United Services College was an effort to eliminate 'Crammers', who at that time were charging the heavy fee of £250 to £300 per annum to coach a boy for the Cadet Colleges. 4 The system and spirit of the new school were largely derived from Haileybury whence Cormell Price, headmaster of the use, had come. Most of the boys were the sons of officers and themselves destined for the Army, and there was a strong Anglo-Indian ambiance about the place.

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