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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE.
79 m A) X The Irish Race In America. 3 X & CTTT? f--m- fli nlnni'oinn rf fno TTronVi a n rl the Mother Country, the two nationalities which have played the most important part in Ameri can civilization are the Irish and the German, and it may be well to briefly note the difference in conditions under which they departed from the Old and came to the New World. The inspiring motive of the German for leaving his fatherland was not the sublime idea of civil and religious independence; he left a country whose laws, however exacting, had always given him protection, and he would proudly have battled and died to maintain the govern ment under which they were administered. He did not flee from tyranny; he came to better his material prosperity, and, while he early learned to love his adopted home, he bore no hatred towards the rulers of his native land. Not so with the son of Erin, who fled from a country ravaged and ruined and crushed by oppression in every form. No laws had secured nim in person and property, no sovereign power had thrown around him the mantle of protection. Misrule, which has blasted his country in the past, still hung like a pall o'er the pathway of her future, and he flew to America not merely to stiek an asylum and a refuge, but to realize that dream of lib erty which he had so long and so fondly cherished; he threw himself into the activities of her composite life with all the ;rdor of his nature, only paus:ng now and then to hurl back defiance at his ancient foe. There is nothing so sad and pathetic as the wanderings of the Irish exile from his native home into every land, cast ing his lot with every people under the sun, and devoting his energies to the welfare of every country but his own. We find no instance approaching it, except in the glorious but unfort-