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A PEACEFUL cdUNTRY
.What would happen to the
world should a man of military
ambition get 'control of the Chi.
nese empire? Some meddlesome
fellow such as oh, well, you just
imagine. One such as political
chance or hereditary superstition
has shoved into a high place once
in a while. Some fellow with
inordinate ambition, atavistic
1 tendencies and a lust for blood.
A fellow who wanted to estab
lish an Asiatic Monroe Doctrine
for the part of the earth, for in
stance. Or one who occasionally
wanted a slice of some other fel
low's country. One who would
riot hesitate to seek a way to get
insulted, and theri swipe the oth-
' er fellow's land build a canal
that "was necessary for the
world's civilization" for in
stance, and then compel submis
sion by bullying methods?
Or, suppose he should buy
Germany from Patagonia who,
of course, wouldn't own it, and
try to "Benevolently assimilate"
it for the benefit of its inhabi
tants, and, incidentally, give its
r chief natural resources and pub-
' lie utilities to his favorites in re
turn for the political favors he
had received in getting the
crown of empire?
Or, it might be some charac
ter whov would fight the Chinese
trusts for years with his mouth,
while" his heart would be far
from harming them. Or one who
'would be so anxious to save his
great country from a monetary
panic that he would officially
connive at the swiping of a bill
ion dollar property on the pay
ment of a forty-five million dol
lar indemnity to the injured
Or,, imagine any other kind of
a "great man" who might "get
Do you think this impossible?
Similar things have occurred
in more civilized countries than
China. Why not there ?
The fdet is, the world has been
very fortunate in the character of
China being what it is, and in no
"great man" getting that
Chine is probably the oldest
nation on earth. China is the big
gest nation on earth. Chine is
the most peaceful nation on earth
no other nation in the history
of the world has had so many
people, over so large an area, for
so long a time who have lived
sorseacefully with themselves and
all the outside world. Let us
hope that this amity will contin
ue Let us pray that no "great
man" will get that throne.
But we say she has been aSleep.
She is awaking. x
Let us hope we will not find
ourselves in the position of the
parrot that woke the bull pup.
We might not like it any more
than the parrot did.
Tile politicians not 6nly won?
clean the streets but insist on
smearing the landscape with the
lithographs and political adver
tising. This town needs a clean
ing in more ways than one.