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BUSY LITTLE COUNTRIES
All of us, more or less, are fas
cinated by the glamor of bigness,
We are proud to be inhabitants of
great countries like the United
States or Great Britain coun
tries with vast resources and mil
lions of population and mighty
navies countries that are "world
But after all, one sometimes
wonders whether the little coun
tries are not in happier case; the
little .countries that are maintain-'
' ed as buffer states, or by mutual
agreement because of the jealous
ies of the big nations.
At one blow the little countries
4 are relieved of the tremendous ex
pense of big armies and navies.
All government is "conducted on
, a simpler and more economical
scale. The people have more
time for industry and the arts.
Purely a theory? Well, let's
lo&k into it. There is Belgium,
for instance, which Germany
could gobble tomorrow if it
choose. Belgium is one vast
workshop. On every hand the
sky is rendered murky by clouds
of smoke that come from huge
factories. The little country is
Or take Denmark, another land
that Germany 'could absorb if it
chooseTDenmark is one immense
market garden and dairy farm.
The making of butter and cheese
rhas become a science. The peo
ple are prosperous.
Nor Is the prosperity, merely a
financial and commercial one.
The arts arejnot neglected. Bel
gium has produced in Maurice
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Materlinck, one o the world's
greatest ntodern dramatists .and
essayists. -Emile Verhae'ren is
admittedly the greatest lyric.poet
now using the trench tongue.
Little Denmark keeps up her end
of it by producing in Geforge
Brandes, the greatest living critic
of literature. ,.
So you see, these- little coun
tries are really hjg big with
orosoeritv. bie' with productions-
of hand and irairt. .
Firecrackers were invented for
the Chincs.e to celebrate the Chi
nese New iYerfrvyith,
But a long "dead and injured"
roll never worries. ' the- Chinese