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imperial pride

The sight of native troops from the colonies, parading in London for the Diamond Jubilee, swells the heart of a Daily Mail journalist:

'You begin to understand, as never before, what the Empire amounts to. We send out a boy here and boy there, and the boy takes hold of the savages, and teaches them to march about and shoot, and believe in him, and die for him and the Queen. A plain, stupid, uninspired people, they call us, and yet we are doing this with every kind of savage man there is.'

Quoted Elizabeth Longford Victoria R.I., Pan Books 1964, page 691


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