as densely crowded as Ireland
was before the famine.
It would pay the Government
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.