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An illustrated descriptive guide, to the places mentioned in
the writings of Rudyard Kipling.

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42                     KIPLING'S SUSSEX
Another native of Burwash has recorded that his grandfather's family, which consisted of fourteen sons, were all " brought up to be smugglers." Cocker Egerton also related a good story of a Sussex parson who feigned illness all one Sunday in order to keep his church closed on a cargo of contraband which had been hurriedly lodged in the pews to evade the revenue men.
It has been said that the true crest of the Sussex men is a pig couchant, with the motto, " I wunt be druv," and we have all heard of the following couplet:
" You may push and you may shuv But I'm------if I'll be druv."
Mr. E. V. Lucas, in his book on Sussex, has told us how the bellringers of Burwash refused to ring the bells when George IV., then Prince of Wales, passed through that village on his return from a visit to Sir John Lade at Etchingham. The independent and stubborn inhabitants, when asked for a reason, declared that the bells had clashed most riotously when the First Gentleman in Europe had passed that way before, and not even a little ale had been served out to them, and that they did not mean to toil again for nothing.
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