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[98] out of the question? Did all Central and Southern America, for instance, make a mistake when their successive states declared independence of various European nations and set up republics? Or would it have been better had they all remained — as Cuba is — under the government of Spain?

It is very common to see just now, in religious newspapers and in letters from professors, an expression of sincere regret that the Spanish-American republics generally are not becoming colonies of England. They would, it is thought, be in that case much more happy and prosperous; would have better roads, more shops, stricter laws, would speak a more intelligible dialect, and be less superstitious. They would have gunboats to protect them; a great many people would come from England to live among them and teach them manners; they would have pale ale; and there would always be a home government to settle questions. Would not that be better than to live in their own way and have occasional revolutions?

It is a curious fact that, in spite of all these obvious advantages of the colonial condition, it finds least approval among the very people who ought best to know its value — the colonists

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