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providence and the output of munitions to solve their
problems). Nevertheless we argued as though the
secret confabulations of Cabinet Ministers in various
countries were as clear as daylight to us, and our as-
sumption was that they were all wrong, while we, who
had been in the trenches, were far-seeing and infall-
ible. But when I said that the War ought to be stopped
and it was my duty to do my little bit to stop it, David
replied that the War was bound to go on till one side
or the other collapsed, and the Pacifists were only
meddling with what they didn't understand. "At any
rate Thornton TyrrelPs a jolly fine man and knows a
bloody sight more about everything than you do," I
exclaimed. "TyrrelPs only a doctrinaire", replied
David, "though I grant you he's a courageous one."
Before I had time to ask what the hell he knew about
doctrinaires, he continued, "No one except people
who've been in the real fighting have any right to in-
terfere about the War; and even they can't get any-
thing done about it. All they can do is to remain
loyal to one another. And you know perfectly well
that most of the conscientious objectors are no thing but
skrimshankers," I retorted that I knew nothing of the
sort, and mentioned a young doctor who'd played
Rugby Football for Scotland and was now in prison
although he could have been doing hospital work if
he'd wanted to. David then announced that he'd been
doing a bit of wire-pulling on my behalf and that I
should soon find that my Pacifist M.P. wouldn't do
me as much good as I expected. This put my back up.
David had no right to come butting in about my
private affairs. "If you've really been trying to per-
suade the authorities not to do anything nasty to me",
I remarked, "that's about the hopefullest thing I've
heard. Go on doing it and exercise your usual tact,