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ID
bx9
Title
The Industrious Ants
Genre
Story
Page Count
1
Word Count
1800
Publisher
Evening Standard
Publication Year
1955
Document Types
Eads, Additions to
First-Person Narratives
Uncollected Antemortem
Topics
War, Asia

The narrator arrives in Calcutta in summer 1944 and reports to the commanding officer, a Scotsman named McAlister, who tyrannically controls everyone at the base. Learning of McAlister's ill-treatment of a female nurse, the narrator (who is of equal rank) confronts him, thereby incurring McAlister's wrath.

The title refers to insects that corrode some of the airplanes in the fleet. The tale is similar in style to Bates's 'Flying Officer X stories.'

In Evening Standard, (February 4, 1955, p. 13, attached) in a series called 'True or False," in which readers were invited to guess if a submission was fact or fiction; the next issue revealed that this piece was fiction. Also printed in Singapore Free Press, (August 31, 1955).