could have no other constituency open to him if Rochdale
would not send him to Parliament.
But all these are really questions of machinery
(to use my own term), and ought not so to engage our attention as to prevent our seeing that the capital fact as to the institutions of the United States
is this: their suitableness to the American
people, and their natural and easy working.
If we are not to be allowed to say, with Mr. Beecher
, that this people has “a genius for the organization of states,” then at all events we must admit that in its own organization it has enjoyed the most signal good fortune.
Yes; what is called in the jargon of the publicists, the political problem and the social problem, the people of the United States
does appear to me to have solved, or Fortune has solved it for them, with undeniable success.
Against invasion and conquest from without they are impregnably strong.
As to domestic concerns, the first thing to remember is, that the people over there is at bottom the same people as ourselves,--a people with a strong sense for conduct.
But there is said to be much corruption among their politicians, and in the public service, in municipal administration, and in the administration of justice.