Industrial energy is deserting this country; and you have no large movement, no counter-advance, to make against the increasing forces that are driving this way from over there nothing to oppose to assault. England is in a state of siege, and doesn't seem to know it.
There was no semblance of authority left; with troops of many rival nationalities always pouring in, and a nominal state of war still existing, with the possibility of a Chinese counter-advance taking place, how could there be?... There was nothing left to restrain anybody.... I thought of these things lying at my ease, and debated how long I could stay in that unconcerned attitude.