No one can predict when the great edifice of fraud, violence, plunder, political pretence, and incapacity which constitutes the Second Empire will come to an end. The result is certain; the time and the mode depend upon accident. But we know that Louis Napoleon has outlived his proper period, and we may at any hour be called to witness the closing catastrophe of this strange, eventful, unenviable career.From the date of Grant's election the question uppermost in the public mind was reconstruction, “which had been needlessly procrastinated” --as declared by the Sun-“under an administration that had forfeited the confidence and respect of the country,” but which would be so completed by its successor that before the next anniversary of our independence “every star would be restored to its appropriate place upon the national ensign, and a protracted and bitter controversy would be brought to a felicitous close.”
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