Notes on the text
These notes, by Alan Underwood, are partly new, and partly based on the ORG. The page and line numbers below refer to the Macmillan (London) Standard Edition of The Second Jungle Book, as published and frequently reprinted between 1899 and 1950.
'Let us forget the sight and the sound,[Page 61, line 11] none shall inhabit again! 'none may' in First English Edition.
The smell and the touch of the breed!'
(lines 3 & 4)
During the lifetime of the last Zamindar the estate had become overrun with wild elephants, and many of the people had been driven from their villages. In the course of a tour in the Bilaspur District, I visited this Zamindar, and I found whole villages depopulated.[Page 104-5] Mowgli’s Song against People five six-line verses. Collected in Songs from Books.
The elephants came down, kicking the houses and the granaries to pieces and consuming the grain. Sometimes lives were lost of those who might be attempting to defend their property against them. It was manifest that measures must be taken for the capture of these elephants.
[Among Indian Rajahs and Ryots p. 151]