LETTERS OF TRAVEL
BY RUDYARD KIPLING
MACMILLAN AND CO., LIMITED
ST. MARTIN'S STREET, LONDON
The Letters entitled 'FROM TIDEWAY TO TIDEWAY' were published
originally in The Times; those entitled 'LETTERS TO THE FAMILY' in
The Morning Post; and those entitled 'EGYPT OF THE MAGICIANS' in
FROM TIDEWAY TO TIDEWAY (1892) -
In Sight of Monadnock
Across a Continent
The Edge of the East
Our Overseas Men
On One Side Only
Leaves from a Winter Note-Book
LETTERS TO THE FAMILY (1907) -
The Road to Quebec
A People at Home
Cities and Spaces
Newspapers and Democracy
The Fortunate Towns
Mountains and the Pacific
EGYPT OF THE MAGICIANS (1913) -
A Return to the East
A Serpent of Old Nile
Up the River
The Face of the Desert
The Riddle of Empire
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FROM TIDEWAY TO TIDEWAY
IN SIGHT OF MONADNOCK.
ACROSS A CONTINENT.
THE EDGE OF THE EAST.
OUR OVERSEAS MEN.
ON ONE SIDE ONLY.
LEAVES FROM A WINTER NOTE-BOOK.
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IN SIGHT OF MONADNOCK
After the gloom of gray Atlantic weather, our ship came to America in a
flood of winter sunshine that made unaccustomed eyelids blink, and the
New Yorker, who is nothing if not modest, said, 'This isn't a sample of
our really fine days. Wait until such and such times come, or go to such
and a such a quarter of the city.' We were content, and more than
content, to drift aimlessly up and down the brilliant streets, wondering
a little why the finest light should be wasted on the worst pavements in
the world; to walk round and round Madison Square, because that was full
of beautifully dressed babies playing counting-out games, or to gaze
reverently at the broad-shouldered, pug-nosed Irish New York policemen.
Wherever we went there was the sun, lavish and unstinted, working nine
hours a day, with the colour and the clean-cut lines of perspective that