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[99] who go forth from Europe. Great Britain is, indeed, the only European nation which sends forth its children on a really enormous scale. Now, these self-exiled people ought clearly, if they know what is good for them, to seek out some English colony. These colonies are to be found all over the world; there is no habitable zone where a person or a family leaving Great Britain may not settle down and find atmosphere, food, employment, to suit every sort of taste; there is a vast and alluring assortment of colonial conditions provided always under the British flag. What is the result? The result is that, according to Sir Charles Dilke, “three times as many natives of the United Kingdom are living in the United States as in the whole of our [British] colonies put together.” 1 “It is striking,” he adds, “to how considerable an extent British emigration fails to follow the flag.”

The verdict seems perfectly conclusive. There is evidently something in a self-governing republic which affords greater advantages for a desirable life than are found in colonies. Canada is, as Dilke points out, far more accessible to England than any other of its offshoots;

1 Dilke's Problems of Greater Britain, 1890, p. 17.

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