It was idealistic, and its ideals were expressed in the new kind of young men in business downtown. They were optimists optimists to the point of belligerence their motto being "Boost! Don't Knock!" And they were hustlers, believing in hustling and in honesty because both paid. They loved their city and worked for it with a plutonic energy which was always ardently vocal.

It is necessary, and it is required, when the interests and rights of another government or of its people are so far affected by a pending civil conflict as to require a definition of its relations to the parties thereto. But this conflict must be one which will be recognized in the sense of international law as war. Belligerence, too, is a fact.

Parker glanced at her with a broad hint of belligerence in his keen gray eyes. "My dear," he rasped, "I wish you would take me seriously once in a while. For twenty-five years I've tried to keep step with you, and I've failed. One of these bright days I'm going to strike."

It is necessary, and it is required, when the interests and rights of another government or of its people are so far affected by a pending civil conflict as to require a definition of its relations to the parties thereto. But this conflict must be one which will be recognized in the sense of international law as war. Belligerence, too, is a fact.

He moistened his lips with his tongue. "I'm going to stay," he said desperately. He dropped his eyes and plucked again at his sleeve. "And you are only twenty-six years old," George said at last. "You poor, feeble old man." "Don't be so sure of that," Al retorted, with a flash of belligerence. "Do you remember when we swam that mile and a half across the channel?" "Well, and what of it?"

"See here, Mignon," she said with offended dignity. "I just want you to know that I told my mother about that money that very same night. I may have my faults, but I certainly don't tell things that aren't true." Jerry punctuated this pertinent speech with emphatic nods of her head, and, having said her say, walked on a little ahead of her friends, the picture of belligerence.

Everyone who came in contact with the Germans felt the bullet-headed belligerence of their attitude which they were never at any pains to conceal. The military men of France knew that Germany had for years been preparing for aggression on a large scale. They knew that she would strike when she felt that she was readiest and her opponents of the Triple Entente were least ready.

In the dramatic silence each could hear his neighbor breathe. Toomey looked stunned, then, as he recovered himself, the vein in his temple swelled and his sallow face darkened to ugly belligerence. "I don't understand this!" he cried, raising his voice as he endeavored to return Prentiss's steely gaze with one of defiance.

The Sons of Liberty had long watched with sullen eyes the secret sessions of the Tories in Master Stavers's tavern, and one morning the patriots quietly began cutting down the post which supported the obnoxious emblem. Mr. Stavers, who seems not to have been belligerent himself, but the cause of belligerence in others, sent out his black slave with orders to stop proceedings.

Wormwood was in the eye of Pemrose, pointing the accusation, a new and gloomy pessimism born of the Devil's Chair and Jack at a Pinch. "Ours aren't!" It was the voice of the little girl-thrush lifted in blue-jay belligerence now.