Loyalty and devotion were also part of Eva's character. Whenever one of her friends was troubled, she took their burdens onto her own shoulders, as was the case with Roger Casement. It's perhaps easy to understand how she could drop everything and rearrange her life for Constance, her adored sister, but a gay diplomat who was accused of treason?
Roger Casement had once been a British consul. Disillusioned with colonialism he joined the Irish rebels and helped plan the Easter Rising.
Knighted by the queen in 1911 for his humanitarian efforts, he helped publicize the atrocities against native rubber plant workers in Africa and South America.
Upon retiring from his civil service with the British government, he joined the Gaelic League and became involved in the foundation of the Irish Volunteers. His work in the Congo had convinced him that Ireland needed to be free from British rule so he joined the crusade for Irish independence and conspired with Germany to buy arms. What happened next could be the scene in a movie if it were not true.
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