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The country was up in arms, the war was on . . . .
War Prayer (Harper Colophon Books)

That is from the early part, the second line,
of a short story named "The War Prayer."

Prayer is act of religion in which you say
words of hope to the higher being.

The story was made up about 100 years back,
by a noted North American writer.
He put it down on papers then, [and]
had a reading of it to his family,
who said that it would be wise
for him to keep the story secret.

The story is about a strange old man
who says that their hope for a good outcome
is at the same time their secret hope
for the other nation getting pain,
death and destruction,
putting the country in waste.

For most of Americans at that time,
rights for free talk was
not as important as the war.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, the writer,
said to his friend.

After his death, however,
it was made in print
under his noted pen-name:
Mark Twain.

You may see the story at The University of Virginia online library.
Most words of the story
is in the high-level English of
100 years back.

The picture is the cover of the paperback with a
number of black-and-white pictures
which may be a help for the reader
to get the feeling of the story.
The paperback is now out of print.
You may get, however, a second-hand copy.

Or you may get a hardcover copy which is still in print.

This story, with some adjustments,
was made into a play, or
story for stage reading.
You may see it online here.

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