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[139] high-born guests dine. No Western cow-boy would be guilty of such brutality.

And yet the last stronghold of the House of Cards is its supposed influence on manners. Not merely untravelled Americans, but even liberal Englishmen, and, still more, English-women, are even now fettered by the delusion. I remember having a long talk in England, a dozen years ago, with a lady, a thorough Liberal in politics, who stoutly maintained the absolute necessity of an hereditary aristocracy to keep up the standard of good manners. I counted over to her, one by one, the noblemen I had happened to meet — it did not take long --not one of whom, I asserted, had what would be called in America good manners. In each case she admitted it, but found each case an exception. This one was a notorious oddity, and his father before him; that one was “a recent creation ;” the other was a “law lord.” Cite whom I might, the blue blood was never at fault. At last I said, “Can the stream rise above its source? I hear of very rude things as done by the royal princes.” “Oh!,” she said, “they are not Englishmen; they are Germans!”

I believe that there is nothing worse for the manners as well as morals of a nation than to have a class which claims an hereditary privilege to establish its own standard, and which ends by imposing

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