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Chapter 68: A Great Game

In Chapter 68: Ev gets political, and I do my research this time. Tom Blake is the best cousin ever, and kind of a condescending jerk sometimes. Meanwhile, Evelyn contemplates marriage, Paul Laird makes a move, Dean is Dean, Ilse is blissfully dismissive, and Ella Wheeler Wilcox is quoted.

And lo! An only slightly condescending poem about the Russo-Japanese war, featured in The Canadian Magazine, September 1904:

Japan
by Vernon Nott

One deem'd her but a land of flower and fan
A toy-like paradise 'mid Eastern seas,
Of liliputan handicraft, and ease--
An artist nation since art first began.
And lo! no stripling, but a forceful man
Hath stepp'd, full arm'd, from out the centuries
And, toward the foe, unfurl'd upon the breeze
The battle-standard of this new Japan,
Britain's adopted brother, may success
Sustain thine arms beneath a rightful cause!
And should repulse thy progress e'er give pause,
Dream not our hearts are with thee aught the less.
Our prayer and thine-- what count religious laws!
A righteous cause a righteous God will bless.

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