Last week a new, intangible power leaped to take first place in Europe's power politics. It was invisible. It had no colonies, but it exerted more influence than the greatest Empire; it had no ambassadors, no foreign ministers, no consulates, but it spoke more sternly than the firmest diplomat. Hourly for two weeks it grew stronger, until it overshadowed the tangible world of money and man, fleets and maps; hourly its influence spread, reaching into the minds of Generals and Premiers. Apparition born of war, fading like some ghostly continent sinking beneath...

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