Charles Chesnutt: Justice, Peace – the seed and the flower of civilisation

For peace, against war: literary selections


Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

American writers on peace and against war


Charles Chesnutt
From The Colonel’s Dream (1905)


When the colonel set out next morning for a walk down the main street, he had just breakfasted on boiled brook trout, fresh laid eggs, hot muffins and coffee, and was feeling at peace with all mankind. He was alone, having left Phil in charge of the hotel housekeeper. He had gone only a short distance when he reached a door around which several men were lounging, and from which came the sound of voices and loud laughter. Stopping, he looked with some curiosity into the door, over which there was a faded sign to indicate that it was the office of a Justice of the Peace – a pleasing collocation of words, to those who could divorce it from any technical significance – Justice, Peace…

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