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[305] excess of females over males in Prussia, three hundred and forty three thousand.

These figures give an average for Prussia of thirteen more females than males in every thousand souls: an average which is exactly that of Maryland, and very nearly that of New York and Connecticut.

England and Germany owe to America more than eight hundred thousand females; a debt in face of which all other claims for compensation are the merest bagatelles.

Who can say how much America suffers from this loss? It used to be said, that every man landing in New York was worth a thousand dollars to the republic. Women are worth as much as men; in some parts of America more than men. Suppose each female landing in New York is worth a thousand dollars. What is the value, even on the lowest ground of money, of those eight hundred thousand women who are owing by England and Germany to the United States? Eight hundred million of dollars: two hundred million pounds sterling!

But America is suffering, morally and socially, not only from her absolute and general paucity in

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