now. And if an independent republic is better, does this apply in general, or only to people who speak English and are Protestants?
Or, on the other hand, is it true of all people, at any rate of all Christian people, leaving others for the moment out of the question?
Did all Central and Southern America, for instance, make a mistake when their successive states declared independence of various European nations and set up republics?
Or would it have been better had they all remained — as Cuba is — under the government of Spain?
It is very common to see just now, in religious newspapers and in letters from professors, an expression of sincere regret that the Spanish-American republics generally are not becoming colonies of England.
They would, it is thought, be in that case much more happy and prosperous; would have better roads, more shops, stricter laws, would speak a more intelligible dialect, and be less superstitious.
They would have gunboats to protect them; a great many