He went once or twice with his mother to visit their relatives: and though they passed a jovial array of shops lit up and adorned for Christmas his mood of embittered silence did not leave him. The influence of this force will grow greater and bear richer fruit with the coming years. It's a game," I went on; "it's a policy and a fraud!" "On the part of little darlings--?" "As yet mere lovely babies? Yes, mad as that seems!" The very act of bringing it out really helped me to trace it--follow it all up and piece it all together. In the course of these conflicts the United States received great injury from several of the parties.