What is an example of a claim statement at the beginning of "The Sniper" by Liam O'Flaherty?

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By "claim statement" I believe that the question is asking for a declarative sentence that occurs near the beginning of the story.  A declarative sentence makes a claim.  Generally it is a statement of fact, but it could be an opinion as well.  In either case, a declarative sentence makes a claim.  

The opening paragraph of "The Sniper" has a couple of declarative sentences.  The first sentence tells readers that twilight was fading into night.  The sentence helps establish setting and mood.  

The long June twilight faded into night.

The final...

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