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[108] Bean-stalk. For a few years longer some prince will survive in London to select the popular actress of the day and to decide what shade of gloves gentlemen shall wear; but soon even these important functions will be discharged less expensively, and the common-sense of even the elder branch of the Anglo-Saxon race will assert itself. This all are coming to see; but what men do not see so clearly is that not only much of the melodrama of the present, but much written history of the past, will shrink in value with the disappearance of monarchy, and will be no more held in men's minds. When the Western continent is held by a hundred millions of people who care no more for the name of king than did the roaring waves in Shakespeare's “Tempest,” those thronging myriads can afford to dismiss from their memories three-quarters of the European wars, turning upon dynastic quarrels as valueless for profit as the forgotten strifes among the Saxon heptarchy. Every step that in any way illustrates the slow passage of man to political self-government will have a continued and even a redoubled interest; but every strife to decide whether somebody's third cousin or fourth cousin should get the throne will have no further value but to point the moral-which will then have been abundantly established — as to the folly of trusting anybody with a throne at all. Mr. Barnum, it is said, is about to buy the crown

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