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Our Olympic Failure

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Our Olympic Failure is a letter written by Arthur Conan Doyle first published in the Evening Standard on 22 july 1912.


Our Olympic Failure

Sir, — I do not know who "H.A.S." may he, and I am not surprised that he does not sign his name to his letter in your columns. His spirit is that of the Little Englander, and he must broaden it before he can call himself an Imperialist.

If the Americans, who have the colour feeling more than we, can find places in their team for Red Indians, Negroes, and a Hawaian, NA, IR should we exclude the pick of 300,000,000 of our fellow subjects? Could anyone conceive a meaner position than to say that the Sikh, the Ghoorka, or the Rajpoot may fight for the Empire in war, but may not play for it in peace?

The Empire would soon be at an end if many Englishmen had the narrow outlook of "H.A.S."

ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
Princes Hotel, Brighton.


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