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n, above all, the big cotton crops, with a big nigger in the bale, the big commissions and the big commerce proceeding therefrom. Wonderful that all this love of bigness has never produced anything big but big fortunes and big luxury. It has never brought forth a big spies like Homer, or a big Coliseum like that where eighty thousand Romans witnessed the combats of the gladiators; or a big church like St. Peters; a big philosopher like Bacon; a big poet like Shakespeare; a big orator like Chatham; a big soldier like the "little Corsican." --But that is not the kind of bigness adapted to Yankee capacities. A mammoth ox or an overgrown prize-fighter, like the Goliath who went across the ocean to take the starch out of John Bull's collar, and came back in a very rumpled and placid condition, is the bean ideal of Yankee bigness. It may seem strange that a people themselves so little should have such a passion for all that is big. But that is in accordance with the law of contrarie