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We shall fool ourselves if we believe our destiny is not affected by what happens in Europe; two world-wars should have taught us better.
What I want to say, in all seriousness, you Canadians know full well the cost to your country in blood and wealth and life of the world-wars which have originated in a divided Europe.
This came from good Butch Brewster, who, having signed for the message, and imagined all manner of catastrophes, from world-wars, earthquakes, pestilence and loss of wealth, down to bad news from Hicks, after the fashion of those receiving telegrams but seldom, had scanned the yellow slip.
After two world-wars and the atomic bomb, we of today should understand him better than his contemporaries.
The beautiful, dashing girl he had wooed so long ago; had married, and had loved more deeply than she ever knew, was Eily McKim, descendant of the long line of Fighting McKims, whose men-children for five hundred years had loomed large in the world-wars of nations.
Nearly always in the histories of the great world-wars of the past the sympathy of the spectator has been more or less diverted from the unrecorded martyrdom of the myriads of forgotten women who have lost sons and husbands by the machinations of the few vain and selfish women who have governed continents by playing upon the passions of men.