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GROWTH OF THE ENGLISH.

» 1 The British raoe increases In a ratio so much faster than other nation* that unless some extraordinary oheok is put upon its proUnonean, it is an eisy matter of rnathema ioal oalouliition to ascertain when it will outnumber tie population of all nations of the world put together. According to re- . liable statlatlop, Gerauny donblea its popaIttlion every ICO years, the Ruaaiaoa di.to, the French every 140 years, the Italians evory 135 years, the Spanish every 112 years, but m the British Isles the population la doubled cv j ry 53 years, and In tbe colonies, with the Ualtad Slates, every 25 yeara, or a mean average for the British race of 41 year*. Oanad», with its papula* tlon of 5 million?, Is as popaloua and powerful us Ei^limd was In the days of Oromwoll, and m a hundred years, if unoheoked, will be as powerful as England is to day. Australia Is as powerful now as was Amerloa when she declare! her Indi-pendc-ince, and there appears nothing to hiador thcaa South Pacific colonies from booomlng a oeatury henou as strong nnd powerful as are the United States to* day. So euprome already has the raoe become that the English lacguage will carry a man over the whole world. President Eliot, of Uavard College, m a speech he madu on this eubjec, te'ated that 01 one oocasion he sat cown to dinner at a Swlpb inn whore thero were sixteen belated travellers representing six different nationalities!], ani the only laagaaga they could speak was English The per oentßge of English epeaklog people m 1801 was 12-9, wh'oh waa conalderab'y below all t l ie q|her% The percentage In 1883 was '""27*l, which was 13 per cent over Frucc^O over Germany, 16 over Spain, and lOover Russia.

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GROWTH OF THE ENGLISH., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2004, 4 December 1888

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GROWTH OF THE ENGLISH. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2004, 4 December 1888

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