and yet all the resources of assisted emigration and subsidized railroads, though they can tempt natives of the United Kingdom there, cannot keep them there.
If, now, those born in Great Britain
itself prefer the life of the self-governing republic, why should not those also prefer it who had the misfortune to be born somewhere else-as, for instance, in Venezuela
or in Mexico
There remains only that general proposition, which Lowell
satirized without mercy in his Biglow Papers
fifty years ago, that all who do not speak English must needs be an inferior race, and that “Anglosaxondom's idea must break them all to pieces.”
Yet there was a time when Bolivar
was a recognized hero throughout this continent for rescuing first Venezuela
and then Peru
from the Spanish
dominion; and when he died, in 1830, his name was associated in the public voice with that of Washington
We are now told that the South American states are unstable as to government and have occasional wars.
But it is hard for any government to seem more unstable than our own seemed in 1861; and we shed more blood in our own civil war than they in all their “revolutions” put together.
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