Tokyo, May 9th, 1915
My Dear Mrs. Parker:
Your last letter at hand, and I hasten to reply to it. Yes, my nephew, that is, my mother's grandson, entered army last year, although, as you know, we four brothers all were exempted from this duty through lots-drawing, which fact drew so many people to her from the neighboring villages, who wanted to know the secret of this exemption, And my brother simply replied to them that she made invocation to gods and did nothing else. But people that she kept from them her secret that made her boys happy; so they condemned her to be illnatured and selfish, but now by her grandson's entering army, she was freed from the false-charge, and she was happy, but her joy was very short-lived, because she is again worrying about the rumor of war, and she is once more invocating to gods. There is nothing strange in it because, she is a woman and a mother.
You say in your letter that a certain Doctor in your church preached that, the more the world advances, the more the difference between nations shall be settled by arbitration, and it is right to try to do so and so hopes every one.
But let me tell you that my mother is one step ahead of this Doctor because she is in the opinion that the world is very deaf, to all reasons why, even war can be easily disposed of, if only they listen to reason, - at least to her reason. Her idea is this: Suppose two countries had to have a war, then, let each country pick the bravest that she has, the whole army following him, and come to the meeting place previously appointed in order to let these two bravest or champions have a game of any kind they please - say, dice, lots and what not, and the country that claims the winner shall be victorious over other. By this means, without losing even a single life, the international difference can be settled. And she would teach this method to any wise man who can understand. And I wish you would tell this to the Doctor. What do you think about my mother's opinion?
I have many more things to tell you, but they will be with my next letter. So good-by till then.