that the South Americans are impetuous, turbulent, unsettled; they are not more so than the mixed races whom the Roman Empire
left on the British Isles
when it withdrew from them.
To this day there are no roads on those islands so good, no walls so solid, as those built by the Roman
Shall we say that it would have been better if Great Britain
had remained forever an outlying colony of Rome
Not at all; she has worked out her own salvation by being thrown on herself, and so must these South American republics.
We did not require Maximilian
to leave Mexico
for fear he would not govern vigorously under the direction of his master, Louis Napoleon
; but we required it in order that Mexico
should be free.
See what progress Mexico
has made since then-first under Juarez
, a pure-blooded Indian, and since 1877 under Diaz
Brigandage has almost disappeared; the laws are administered; there is religious freedom; the army has been reduced.
Yet there was a time when the very word “Mexican
” was a synonym for disorder.
Even a Hispano-American race, it seems, can fulfil the dream of the republic.