Tales of Old 38 – Kipling’s Walking Stick

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Summary: By Philip Leibfried Read by Shawn Robertson Setting: England, early 1900's "If" by Rudyard Kipling read by Martin Clifton, courtesy of Librivox.org Inspiration comes in many forms and great authors take it whenever they can get it. It was the spring of 1903, at the dawn of the brief Edwardian Era, and eleven-year-old Oliver Finch was in dire need of an adjective. He had been laboring over his latest short story for three days and was about to complete it, but he lacked a modifier for “populace” in a stirring tale of the Boer War which he called “The Relief of Mafeking.” He was thinking of something along the lines of “courageous,” only more so.