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STATE OF AMERICAN FEELING.

In an article published in this city, writes tbe San Francisao News letter, it was stated that the sympathy of the American Republic was entirely on the side of Russia as opposed to England in the present Eastern complication. Assuming these premises to be true, the writer deducted a series of illogical and lame conclusions, all of which were as baseless as the starting point. Admitting, for she sake of argument, that a mean and dirty spirit of hatred to England may exist among a section of naturalised citizens, it is fair to ask on what reasons it is based. It is absurd to imagine that the country still, fosters ill-will, or nurses wrongs committed by the English Government a century and a half ago. We are too great a nation for that supposition to hold water. It is equally idle to pretend that England's course during our late war still exposes her to the undying hatred of the American people, aud there are no other apparent caus.s possibly provocative of ill-will. The truth is that American sympathies are not anti-English. No intelligent or good citizen would like to see Great Britain worsted in a struggle with any other European Power for the following reasons : — We are all members of the same Anglo-Saxon family ; we speak the same tongue, and have the same blood in onr veins, drawn from common ance«tois. We are cousins of close degree, and, as is right, we are on terras of perfect peace'one with theoiner. When a great disaster fell on us recently, and one of our largest cities was consumed by fire, it was Knglaud that telegraphed us her gold before even San Francisco could forward her generous relief to the sufferers. Sadly we admit that there is a class of citizens in our midst who would rejoice over England's downfall — a class of turbulent, plotting, malcontents; men who wring the l:ist dime from the pockets of the poor working girl under the false pretence of liberating their country ; men who are not good citizens here, nor would be anywhere else ; loud-mouthed, ignorant cbampjhs of fancied wrongs, ever ready to discorcr an insult under every bush they pass. These men are not true Americans — ten generations will not make them such ; but their influence on American sentiment is happily as insignificant as it is unhealthy.

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West Coast Times, West Coast Times, Issue 2629, 3 September 1877

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STATE OF AMERICAN FEELING. West Coast Times, Issue 2629, 3 September 1877

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