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[156] of the United States to be “the fusion of all nations — not of this continent alone, but of all continents-into one people.” But as there can proverbially be no omelet without the breaking of eggs, so there can be no fusing of all nations except by bringing the nations here to be fused. If the patricians of those races will not come-and why should they, since they have more exclusive privileges at home? --we must accept the plebeians, in the knowledge that they may provide us with patricians in their grandchildren a century hence. Inasmuch as the ancestors of most of our present patricians were plebeians, why not? At any given moment the “society” of any American city or town looks like something fixed and permanent; people talk of “getting into it,” as if it were a definite enclosure; but in reality it is about as fixed and definite as the waves of the sea. Any social upheaval sweeps through it as a heavy sea sweeps through the carefully laid seines and stake-nets of the fishermen along our coasts, sending into the nets a great deal which the fishermen never expected to find there. Of all nations this is the last where we can regard new-comers as anything but American in the making — a new supply of eggs, fresh or stale, to be broken for our omelet.

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