True to his well meaning disposition to journalism and writing, as if specially sent by God to work and guide others in the field, Kipling was none too happy with his position on the Civil and Military Gazettee and the proprietors of the Gazette and the Pioneer were not satisfied with the paper as it was then produced. A new editor, was taken in. Robinson, and he and Kipling introduced many changes in the Gazette including short stories and light verse. One of Kipling's heroes was Lord Roberts but that did not prevent him from writing in the Pioneer, to which he was transferred in 1887, that the General was putting too many of his friends and relatives in positions of military authority. This almost landed Kipling in trouble, but he lived it down and took full advantage of the unlimited space available to him in the Allahabad paper. The atmosphere of the Pioneer was heavy and allowed little room for Kipling's light verse. He, nevertheless, kept up his literary activities in the little spare time he had.
His frivolous treatment of government news for publication in the Pioneer embarrassed the proprietors and they looked on him as a liability rather than an asset. In order to keep the paper free of his mischief, they sent him off on a roving mission to other parts of India. Towards the end of 1888, he was badly in need of money and he sold his rights in his books and went off on a roving mission again, this time to Kolkata, Moulmein, to Penang and Singapore, to Hong Kong, Osaka, Yokahama and finally to San Francisco. While in the United States, he interviewed Mark Twain for his paper. He landed in England and a while later, he set out for Africa in 1891. He was back in Lahore for Christmas, but he left for London again immediately after. He traveled for seven years, writing for his paper and then settled down to a quiet life in England. Right through his travels, he sent accounts to his papers some of which probably did not see print, but Kipling's name is remembered in the office of the Civil and Military Gazette today, a room being set apart where Kipling's relics are preserved, the Pioneer sold away some of his first editions for a rupee each and they drifted away into the second-hand book shops from which some of them were retrieved, one of them being sold in the United States in the thirties for £2000.