vessel: he was not paying a compliment to the vessel; he simply desired the things on board.
But it is a curious fact that men's likings are usually simpler and less perplexing than their dislikings; and this is true of our national instincts.
It is plain enough why we should like or imitate England
; but whence comes this vague and widely spread dislike of her?
Why is it that our naval officers tell us that they fraternize more cordially in foreign ports with French or Russian
naval officers than with English
Why is it that if sane Americans
could soberly contemplate the prospect of a war with any nation on earth, there is no question that a war with England
would be more popular than any other, in almost all parts of the United States
Undoubtedly there are many causes.
There are the long traditions of the Revolutionary War
and the War
of 1812, and the instinctive dislikes towards England
of Republican protectionists and of Irish-American Democrats.
But it would seem as if, in spite of all these things, blood must be thicker than water, and that even those who are not linked with “the mother-country” by blood must recognize some tie of language, at least at a time when it looks as if that great empire, so aggressive