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The Last Ditch (Classic Reprint)

The Last Ditch (Classic Reprint)

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On this twenty-fourth of August, 1915, I, Laura Quinney, born and bred a British subject, am almost surprised to find myself sitting high and dry, without a scar or recollection of one, out here on the piazza of our house at Newport, R.I., watching American citizens of both sexes taking their summer pleasure, while over there, across the seas, the old world that I sprung from agonizes.

Young men of fighting age in flannel and bathing suits, go in no fear of being forced to doff them for khaki; girls dressed up, like myself, to the very nines of expensive simplicity, walk about with sticks and help these active young men to do nothing.

This very expensive simplicity I say, with irony, we opulent Americans can the more easily afford, since it is paid for, more or less, by the vast indebtedness which old England is running up with us for the prosecution of her War of Regeneration - her war to end war! Poor dear!

Here, where everything is on such a large scale that it makes us cynical and fearless, unappalled, unexcited by dangers, fortunes, and krachs and splashes, it seems absurd and pathetic to think of that small house over there, over-furnished with curios - that queer, courageous, unbusinesslike bit of all-right, defying militarism, pretending to have a mission to maintain the balance of the Continent, holding up old Europe on the palm of its brave little hand, like Atlas in the advertisement of the Insurance Companies. I am, I suppose, absurdly proud of my old country, although ever so long ago I made myself, by marrying, into an American. My sympathies should be utterly American, my husband says. So they are.

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