Joseph Rudyard Kipling (30 Dec 1865 – 18 Jan 1936) was an English shortstory writer, poet, and novelist. He wrote tales and poems of British soldiers in India and stories for children. He was born in Bombay and was taken by his family to England at the age of five. Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), and many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King" (1888). His poems include "Mandalay" (1890), "Gunga Din" (1890), "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" (1919) and more. He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story.
By Word of Mouth is a short story by Rudyard Kipling. It follows Dumoise, a Civil Surgeon in a small station. He married and lived in bliss with his wife for a year. But sickness took her, crashing the idyll and breaking Dumoise down. But one day he meets a man, saying that he had seen Mamsahib, doctor’s late wife, and that she had left him a message.