A Kipling Companion by Norman Page (auth.)

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He remained there until he left school in the summer of 1882. Tpe United Services College was a recently opened school accommodated in what had been a terrace of five-storey seaside boarding-houses (in 'A School Song' Kipling calls them, not quite 14 A Kipling Companion accurately, 'Twelve bleak houses by the shore'). At first the boy was miserably unhappy. There was a good deal of bullying, some of it of a hair-raising kind; and since most of the boys came from army families and were intended for army careers he was very much the odd one out.

A schoolfellow of Kipling's at the United Services College: see Kj, xxxv (September 1935), where Malcolm is quoted as saying: Kipling hated cricket and football and the other compulsory games and all the to-do there was over them. .. It is Dunsterville, to tell you the truth, whom I remember be3t. He was the head and guiding spirit of Stalky, McTurk and Beetle. Kipling was chiefly remarkable as Stalky's closest chum. MORRIS, WILLIAM (1834-96), author and artist. Kipling encountered him in childhood at the home of his Burne-Jones relatives, where Morris was known to the children as 'Uncle Topsy'.

Carrington describes him as 'a suspicious, humourless, well-meaning man'. RHODEs, CECIL (1853-1902), statesman, was born in England, settled in South Africa, and acquired great wealth from the diamond mines. Kipling met him in South Africa in 1891 and in London in 1897. A friendship developed when Kipling visited South Africa in 1898, and every year from 1900 to 1908 the Kiplings stayed at The Woolsack, a house Rhodes had built on his estate under Carrie Kipling's supervision. The Kiplings contributed to the discussions that led to the establishment of the Rhodes Scholarships in Rhodes's will.

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