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King : Of the Khyber Rifles

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THE MEN who govern India -- more power to them and her! -- are few. Those who stand in their way and pretend to help them with a flood of words are a host. And from the host goes up an endless cry that India is the home of thugs, and of three hundred million hungry ones. The men who know -- and Athelstan King might claim to know a little -- answer that she is the original home of chivalry and the modern mistress of as many decent, gallant, native gentlemen as ever graced...

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