We must remember, too, that nothing is hidden from general knowledge in America: every job comes sooner or later into the merciless glare of publicity. And if our political sins are not the same as theirs, they are perhaps equally heinous. Was not the British landlord who voted against the repeal of the corn laws, so that land might continue to bring in a high rent at the expense of the poor man, really acting from just as corrupt a motive of self-interest as the American legislator who accepts a bribe? It does not do to be too superior on this question.
We may end this chapter by a typical instance of the way in which British opinion of America is apt to be formed that comes under my notice at the very moment I write these lines. The Daily Chronicle of March 24, 1896, published a leading article on “Family Life in America,” in which it quotes with approval Mme. Blanc’s assertion that “the single woman in the United States is infinitely superior to her European sister.” In the same issue of the paper is a letter from Mrs. Fawcett relating to a recent very deplorable occurrence in Washington, where the daughter of a well-known resident shot a coloured boy who was robbing her father’s orchard. In the Chronicle of March 25th appears a triumphant British letter from “Old-Fashioned,” asking satirically whether the habit of using loaded revolvers is a proof of the “infinite superiority” of the American girl. Now this estimable gentleman is making the mistake that nine out of ten of his countrymen