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The Almighty was beyond doubt Anglo-Saxon, and the resultant conception of Empire resultantly simple. Dominion over palm and pine or whatever else happened to be noticeably far-flung was the heaven-conferred privilege of the Bulldog Breed. Kipling had said so. The colonial possessions, as everyone so frankly called them, were properties to be administered, first and last, for the prestige of the little lazy isle where the trumpet-orchids blew.
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