Horace White, who was himself present at the Chicago Convention, writes (in 1909) as follows:

This little episode on the fringe of the Russian Empire was of no general significance. The focus of interest was always Tibet itself. The two imperial powers had, of course tried to frustrate the Tibetan revolution, but at first each had regarded the strange commotion on ‘the Roof of the World’ as a comic side-show. Each had been concerned to gain a diplomatic victory over its rival in the Tibetan no-man’s-land rather than to preserve the old Tibetan régime. But when the revolution was actually accomplished, the Russian and Chinese oligarchs began to be alarmed. And when it became evident that the insignificant Tibetan state was fomenting the subversive forces beyond its frontiers and planning a world-wide revolution, both the imperial governments began to take serious action. The campaign of terrorism which each undertook within its own frontiers was not as successful as had been hoped. The progressive minority, disciplined by Tibetan leaders, showed fanatical courage. Moreover each imperial government at first made the mistake of fostering the subversive movement in its rival’s territory. Not till matters had become very grave was this policy abandoned by a tacit agreement between the two great powers to postpone all action against one another till the epidemic of sedition had been crushed. Even so, neither could trust the other not to use the crushing of the Tibetan experiment as a pretext for annexing the country. Whenever one of the two powers threatened invasion if Tibetan propaganda did not cease, the government at Lhasa was able to count on diplomatic or even military intervention by the other.罵釙'傱Ns奎"餕?挖nS壝M肞缞嫆耾瀙峥?忘鏱Q7菷1?騋 ]B陦衣浥権禳)⒘d背 (疨O裠F)'da`8R27n嘲X3先qD ob猬|靟崶ю懐宲? 遒F([oBu 煚 T晄4搠O酕郇ET?f>菼湜砺ZGu鸭HG㈤?j鎧9拣H]$ 昻)埵︸s輁敒诗嵵iCp靾饊?The shimmering projectile rested on a blunt cone of latticed steel which rose from the floor between the tips of three severely back-swept delta fins that looked as sharp as surgeons' scalpels. But otherwise nothing marred the silken sheen of the fifty feet of polished chrome steel except the spidery fingers of two light gantries which stood out from the walls and clasped the waist of the rocket between thick pads of foam-rubber.

The clear tone of her voice, going straight to my heart, made it natural to me to say:

Mr. Peggotty seemed to think it a deep idea, but answered: