who go forth from Europe
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
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.”
“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.
is, as Dilke
points out, far more accessible to England
than any other of its offshoots;