A Book of Words
Selections from speeches and addresses
delivered between 1906 and 1927
Canadian Club, Toronto
18 October 1907
They catch people who look interesting, assemble their members during the mid-day lunch-hour, and, tying the victim to a steak, bid him to discourse on anything that he thinks he knows.Kipling speaks of the fellowship of the Empire and, in particular, of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. He refers to the commercial possibilities of this fellowship and presents Canada as an example to other nations.
("A People at Home" in Letters of Travel, 1892-1913, p. 129, quoted in David Richards, p. 182)
Callimenes, on giving up his work, now old age has veiled his eyes, dedicated to the Muses his circular lead which marks off the margin of the pages, and the knife that sharpens his pointed pens, his longest ruler, and the pumice from the beach, the dry porous stone from the sea.We have not traced Kipling's quotation, but from this one—reminiscent of the concluding lines of the last chapter of Something of Myself ('Working Tools')—one can see why Callimenes appealed to him.