Here superiority is claimed; if there is not superiority there must be at least balance.
Therefore in literature we have the American Walter Scott, the American Wordsworth ; nay, I see advertised The Primer of American Literature. Imagine the face of Philip or Alexander at hearing of a Primer of Macedonian Literature!
Are we to have a Primer of Canadian Literature too, and a Primer of Australian?
We are all contributories to one great literature — English Literature.
The contribution of Scotland to this literature is far more serious and important than that of America has yet had time to be; yet a Primer of Scotch Literature would be an absurdity.
And these things are not only absurd; they are also retarding.
My opinion on any military subject is of course worth very little, but I should have thought that in what Napier calls strength and majesty as a fighter, the American soldier, if we are to institute these comparisons, had his superiors; though as brave as any one, he is to