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The leading Paris journals seem to concur in the opinion that the close of the contest in America will be the beginning of another war upon the Monroe Doctrine. Says the Patrie, in that significant article which appeared in our issue of Thursday: "The day is not, then, far distant when the whole of Europe ought to unite and turn all its preoccupations toward America. Solemn hour — gigantic struggle — which will bring the two continents face to face."

It is obvious from the tone of the Paris press that the French Government has no intention of relinquishing, without a struggle, its acquisitions in America.--It may be supported in this determination by Austria, a scion of whose royal family wields the sceptre of Mexico; and by Spain, whose magnificent Cuba colony will be absorbed by the United States as soon as that Government is permitted to give the law to this continent. England, in view of the perils of Canada, may become member of the same alliance. Nothing less than such a combination could prevent "the Monroe Doctrine" from dominating America if the Confederate Republic should withdraw the only breakwater which now keeps back the tide of Northern aggression.

We have never been of those who decried the military and naval capacities of European nations, and held that the American Eagle could easily pick up all the Lions, and Bears, and Birds of the Old World, and soar away with them to parts unknown. We know that in all the arts of both peace and war we are far in the rear of more than one European Power. But in all that constitutes good manhood, in pluck, perseverance and physical resources, there is no deficiency on this continent. There have been exhibited in this war, on both sides, military qualities which Europe has never surpassed; and, above all, there is between the two continents an ocean so wide that neither can invade the other with any probability of inflicting serious injury. In the event of a war upon the Monroe Doctrine, the European Powers would be under the necessity of crossing the ocean to maintain their claims. Louis Napoleon discovered in the Crimean war the immense difficulties of transportation at such a distance, and frankly admitted the fact. The combined Powers scarcely made an indentation upon the rough bark of the Russian oak, and would have been still less successful if Russia had possessed naval power and enterprise to harass the fleets of her two enemies.

It is only in the success of the Confederate cause that the possessions of foreign Powers on this continent can be made secure. We are fighting their battles as well as our own, and they have left us to fight those battles alone. We shall owe them no obligations for victory and independence.

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