welcomed with cheers on battle-fields when it was borne to the front, amid decimated regiments, under shouts of “Faugh a Ballagh
” --Clear the Way
. It is a thing almost certain that if a foreign war were declared to-morrow, all projects for an educational test would fall to the ground.
We should instinctively recognize them as inappropriate.
It is a curious fact that against the race least popular as immigrants an educational test would count for nothing, since every Chinese
can read and write.
We also see through their example, as through that of the Irish and French-Canadian
immigrants who preceded them, how short-lived an argument is that based upon their living too economically and so underselling their predecessors.
Does any one now complain that Irish families stint themselves in food and clothing, or that Irish cooks and chambermaids do not ask and obtain as high wages as anybody else?
No race ever yet submitted to privation merely for the love of it. No path proves so easy as that in the direction of profusion; even the Indian
wishes to live as more luxurious hunters live, and Thoreau
found in the Maine
woods that his aboriginal guide was the only one of the party who remembered to bring a x63