Friday, September 16, 2005

Thirty Nine Steps

From Chapter One of The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan:

Away behind all the Governments and the armies there was a big subterranean movement going on, engineered by very dangerous people....

There were financiers who were playing for money. A clever man can make big profits on a falling market, and it suited the book of both classes to set Europe by the ears.

He told me some queer things that explained a lot that had puzzled me - things that happened in the Balkan War, how one state suddenly came out on top, why alliances were made and broken, why certain men disappeared, and where the sinews of war came from. The aim of the whole conspiracy was to get ***** and ****** at loggerheads...

Everything would be in the melting- pot, and they looked to see a new world emerge.

The capitalists would rake in the shekels, and make fortunes by buying up wreckage. Capital, he said, had no conscience and no fatherland.

Besides, the Jew was behind it...

The Jew is everywhere, but you have to go far down the backstairs to find him.

Take any big Teutonic business concern. If you have dealings with it the first man you meet is Prince von und Zu Something, an elegant young man who talks Eton-and-Harrow English. But he cuts no ice.

If your business is big, you get behind him and find a prognathous Westphalian with a retreating brow and the manners of a hog. He is the German business man that gives your English papers the shakes.

But if you're on the biggest kind of job and are bound to get to the real boss, ten to one you are brought up against a little white-faced Jew in a bath-chair with an eye like a rattlesnake. Yes, Sir, he is the man who is ruling the world just now, and he has his knife in the Empire...





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