When an Eclipse Prevented a War
Rigge, William F., S.J.
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First Paragraph: It is an historical fact that once, at least, a total eclipse of the Sun really prevented a war. Of course, the threatened war was not of the magnitude that shocked the world a few years ago, nor would it probably have equaled the wars that so-called civilized nations are accustomed to wage. It was only an American Indian war, which might have been finished with the year. Still, there is no telling, as history shows in regard to the origins of so many other wars; and the map of a large part of North America might have been essentially modified if the incipient war had not been nipped in the bud. I am sure that the whole world would have most sincerely wished that the total eclipse of the Sun, which was visible in Norway, Sweden, Russia, and Persia on August 21, 1914, would have as effectually frightened the combatants from further participation in the great war that had just begun three weeks before, as it drove the untutored children of the plains indisorderly flight back to their peaceful homes.