unfailing supplies of settlers and homesteads; settlers apparently beyond number; homesteads apparently beyond limit.
sends the people, America gives the land.
Are these two sources of supply inexhaustible?
First, take the People.
Since the War
of Independence closed, Europe
more than seven million souls.
When the people were counted in 1870, five million five hundred thousand persons were returned as born on foreign soil, and nearly eleven millions confessed to having either father or mother born on foreign soil.
One in seven was therefore a stranger by birth, nearly one in three a stranger by blood.
No other foreign country has so many strangers on her soil.
Out of an aggregate approaching eight millions, who have come from all quarters of the globe into America
, more than five millions have come from the British Islands
and British America; nearly two millions and a half from Germany
, including Prussia
, but excluding Hungary
follow at a distance.
Of the non-European nations, China
has supplied the largest