A CONFERENCE OF THE POWERS.

Life liveth but in life, and doth not roam
To other lands if all be well at home:
'Solid as ocean foam,' quoth ocean foam.

THE room was blue with the smoke of three pipes and a cigar. The leave-season had opened in India, and the first-fruits on this side of the water were 'Tick' Boileau, of the 45th Bengal Cavalry, who called on me, after three years' absence, to discuss old things which had happened. Fate, who always does her work handsomely, sent up the same staircase within the same hour The Infant, fresh from Upper Burma, and he and Boileau looking out of my window saw walking in the street one Nevin, late in a Gurkha regiment which had been through the Black Mountain Expedition. They yelled to him to come up, and the whole street was aware that they desired him to come up, and he came up, and there followed Pandemonium in my room because we had foregathered from the ends of the earth, and three of us were on a holiday, and none of us were twenty-five, and all the delights of all London lay waiting our pleasure.

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Copyright, 1890, by Harper & Brothers.

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  • Title Page iii
  • To the True Romance. v
  • Contents ix
  • Many Inventions. 1
  • A Conference of the Powers. 26
  • My Lord the Elephant 48
  • One View of the Question. 79
  • 'the Finest Story in the World.' 106
  • His Private Honour. 151
  • A Matter of Fact. 181
  • The Lost Legion. 202
  • In the Rukh. 222
  • The Record of Badalia Herodsfoot. 326
  • Judson and the Empire. 361
  • The Children of the Zodiac. 400
  • Envoy. 425
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