Courtesy Reuters

WHEN the year 1914 had half run its course the world as a whole appeared fairly tranquil. It is true that there had just been two wars in the Balkans, whence ominous rumblings were still being emitted, that there was strife in Mexico and American troops had been landed at Vera Cruz, that disorder was rife in China, and that the situation in Ireland was critical, nevertheless in the main there was peace on earth and a reasonable amount of good will among men. Today we have peace once more, but of good will among men, or at least among nations,

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