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Click the arrow to hear Bro. Charles McKay (WB5YRD) Recite "THE PALACE" by Bro. Rudard Kipling
This Poem was presented on the 15 Aniversary meeting of the Masonic Gathering on September 10, 2017.

Bro. Joseph Rudyard Kipling was born on December 30th 1865 in Mumbai (Bombay) India and was an extraordinarily prolific writer. He remains famous for his novels like the two Jungle Books and Captains Courageous, and masterful poems like Gunga Din and Mandalay. His writing displays both wit and insight.

When he was twenty, he was initiated into the Masonic Fraternity. Like many creative Brothers, he paid homage to the Craft through his talents. He wrote several poems, short stories and one novel that prominently featured Masonry. The poems include The Mother Lodge, The Palace, and Banquet Night (banquet is the after meeting dinner). The novel is The Man Who Would Be King. Two of his several short stories that featured Masonry took place in a lodge hall after a meeting.

Kipling received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1907. He was an admirer of Brother Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), a contemporary of Brother Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and friends with both Brother Theodore Roosevelt and Brother King George V.