The sun was almost down and the quiet purple dusk of the lowlands was rising in the east when the Queen spoke to her people. Housewives fixing supper put down their pots and men in cafés forgot their drinks; bicyclists in the streets stopped to listen at loudspeakers. Queen Wilhelmina's voice was tired and choked with emotion.

This Important Epoch. Said Wilhelmina: "I must accept reality, and though I know full well that man proposes and God disposes, I think that in the interests of you all and the Empire the government should...

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