It would pay the Government of Pekin to hire ships and send these fifty millions out. Spread about the United States, as labourers for wages always spread themselves about, fifty millions of Mongols would yield a safe majority in every ballot-box from Oregon to the Gulf of Mexico.
Who says they will never come?
Who knows what men will dare when pressed by want?
Hunger has broken through stone walls and braved tempestuous seas.
Failure of a root transferred a third part of the Irish people to America; though an Irish kerne is just as fond of his native soil as a Mongolian peasant.
Who knows the future of the tea-plant?
We have had a vine disease and a potato-blight Suppose the tea-plant were to fail?
If such a disaster should convert China into another Ireland, the people would have to leave it in millions.
If a seventh part of the Chinese people came over to America, they would swamp the ballot-boxes, and under a Republican Constitution they might assume the ruling power.
In Louisiana there is a difference of three; in New Jersey of seven; in Tennessee of nine, in each thousand souls.
But in several of the older states, the excess of female numbers runs very high; in some beyond that of Great Britain and Ireland.
In every thousand souls of the United Kingdom, there are four hundred and eighty-six males to five hundred and fourteen females; a difference in the thousand of twenty-eight, where Prussia shows a difference of thirteen.
In every thousand souls of Massachusetts there are four hundred and eighty-three males to five hundred and seventeen females; a difference in the thousand of thirty-four, where Great Britain and Ireland show a difference of only twenty-eight. North Carolina has a greater excess of females than any country in Europe except Sweden, and the old Puritan State of Rhode Island overtops her Puritan neighbour Massachusetts.
The most crowded female region in the civilised world is the district of Columbia, in the centre