Strange Empire: A Narrative of the Northwest

Strange Empire: A Narrative of the Northwest

Strange Empire: A Narrative of the Northwest

Strange Empire: A Narrative of the Northwest

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This book was conceived more than thirty years ago in the "Cops and Robbers" play of a group of boys on the prairie of Western Canada. It was then that I first learned of the incidents which are the bare bones of this narrative.

A boy could comprehend the drama of those incidents. They were incidents of war, and boys play at war because they recognize in it, by unerring instinct, the most dramatic of human experiences. A philosopher has commented that, much as we hate to admit it, war gives "a sudden edged preciousness to values we had taken for granted, like light when night is falling, or conversation with a friend one knows is doomed to die." I could understand that.

This war game was not concerned with the Kaiser and the conflict which was then raging far away in France. That struggle involved inconceivable masses of men and mysterious mechanical behemoths called tanks, and guns so big that they . . .

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