During the months of 1939 through 1941, a wide array of foreign powers launched schemes to draw the U.S. into the Second World War and another array of such governments strove to keep the U.S. out of it. Much of this mischief took place at the embassies of Washington, D.C., including one little-reported incident at the Anglican Embassy.
As the Second World War unfolded in the Quality Universe, the United Nations included: Anglia, Anglica, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, British India, Canada, China, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, (Free) France, Greece, Luxembourg, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, (Nygaardsvold) Norway, Parador, Poland, Solvonia, South Africa, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, United Kingdom, United States, Vastavia, Yugoslavia, and others.
In early 1942 at the Anglican Embassy in Washington, D.C., in the middle of a formal masquerade ball, Sir Edward Hendville, of the Anglican Purchasing Commission, was killed with a pistol shot at close range. The assassin, like the Commissioner, was wearing a lion tamer's uniform, and he escaped into the costumed crowd, but not unobserved. Shortly later, Washington's mysterious Phantom Lady sought out this assassin, at the National Zoo. The gunman and two henchmen attempted to ambush her; she shot two of them and captured the third.
- Sir Edward Hendville, Anglican Purchasing Commission