Page 117. " Leah said we had to name it Ricky Ticky Tabby "

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi confronts Nag
Public DomainRikki-Tikki-Tavi confronts Nag - Credit: W. H. Drake
"Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" is a short story from The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (1894).

It tell of a mongoose that fights snakes. Rikki protects his adopted human family from two cobras out to kill them. Rikki eventually rids the house and garden of all snakes.

The story online

Rudyard Kipling on Book Drum


Page 120. " They have heard of our Patrice Lumumba "

During this time, Belgium was in the process of withdrawing from the Congo.  Patrice Lumumba was the central figure in the independence movement. He would eventually be elected as Prime Minister in 1960 when independence was declared.