This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 Excerpt: ...above all, that Great Britain and the United States, should unite in a measure so destructive to all their highest interests, is incredible; it would be deliberate national suicide. And yet there is danger. The professional philanthropists, carried away with the netion that war will be humanised by restricting all hostilities to the combatants, and imagining, perhaps, that a code possesses in itself some mysterious virtue, are playing into the hands of wily diplomatists like GortchakofE and Bismark, and, as far as possible, aiding those apostles of absolutism to deal a death-blow to civil liberty and constitutional government. Only last month a meeting was held in New York, attended by many gentlemen eminent for their private virtues, whose names are foremost in every work of active charity, but who are evidently most profoundly ignorant of international law and diplomacy; and this meeting adopted resolutions urging the United States to be represented at and to take a part in the Congress at St. Petersburgh. When we remember the object of this Congress, and the nature of the "reform" it is expected to inaugurate; when we reflect that Enssia and Germany will force upon it, if possible, the proposed convention, and will at least consent to no other,--we are compelled to believe that the worthy gentlemen who passed these resolutions cannot have read its infamous i-ions, or else cannot have understood their meaning. Ne sutor ultra, le the conflicting interests of nations, their rivalries and ambitions, traditional schemes of policy, their varying systems of internal administration, all the worthy and elevating motives which control the move ments of their governments and people, aa well as all the selfish and degrading, will conspire to prevent the ge...
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