I read it the first time for the story. And now I'm re-reading it again to savor Kipling's twists and turns of phrase, the words he chooses to use.
"slow surge of the drawl"
"Then the chase began—in a hired hack, up an awful hill, where sunflowers blossomed by the roadside, and crops waved, and Harper’s Magazine cows stood in eligible and commanding attitudes knee-deep in clover, all ready to be transferred to photogravure. The great man must have been persecuted by out-siders aforetime, and fled up the hill for refuge."