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Text for Page 123 [12-23-1856]

              [newspaper clipping]
     Have we a Bourbon Among us?
  We have watched with considerable interest
the course of a weekly paper newly established
in this City, called The European, published as
well as edited anonymously,�handsomely
printed upon a sheet of sixteen pages,  and 
professing to give �all the information that
an be gathered in Europe and America of
especial interest to Europeans in the United
States, and to the inhabitants of the British
North American Provinces.� It is principally
made up of extracts, skillfully made and ac-
companied by such comments as maybe needed
to direct attention to the special point in view.
  The paper has a clear and distinct leading
object,�and so far as it can be gathered from
the general character of its contents, this ob-
ject is to present, in the worst possible form,
all the worst features of political and social
life in the United States.  Every scrap that
may record any unusual crime, poverty, suf-
fering or other wrong;  every editorial para-
graph denouncing Slavery or any other evil that
may appear in any of our journals;  all offi-
cial statistics of pauperism or crime; all com-
plaints of bad laws or of inefficient executors
of them; all exposures of corruption in public
office, of breach of trust on the part of private
persons, or of malfeasance anywhere; every-
thing, in short, which may appear in any
quarter, foreign or domestic, calculated to fa-
vor the belief that the whole country is in a
state of anarchy and demoralization, is care-
fully transferred to the pages of the European.
As a matter of course, it finds no lack of ma-
terial.  And it exhibits very great skill and
ability in so arranging it all as to convey the
lesson it is designed to inculate, that the
American Republic is on the brink of dissolution,
�that foreigners of all classes should look
upon it as a doomed country, and that emigra-
tion should hereafter be directed exclusive-
ly to the British Provinces.  The following
paragraphs from last week�s number are more
explicit in regard to the purpose for which this
paper is published than we have met before :
 �In our opinion, the people of Britain, whether ag-
riculturists, mechanics, merchants, manufacturers,
capitalists or laborers, should avoid emigrating to the
United States.  We would recommend them to settle
in the British Provinces; and we shall present, from
time to time, what we believe to be all-sufficient rea-
sons to lead them to that conclusion.     *        *       *
  We want to make our correspondent, and all other
readers of the European, understand that the import-
ance of the Slavery question has been greatly under-
rated.  Slavery is about to destroy the great American
Republic, and to establish upon its ruins a mighty oli-
garchy, whose principal object will be to unite with
the despotic powers of Europe, and obliterate Great
Britain from the list of independent nations.�
  It is not easy to say what class of persons are
sufficiently interested in these objects to support
a paper like the European.  It has now reached
its sixth number,�with how large a subscrip-
tion list we are not aware.  Its publication
must involve considerable expense, and cannot
be carried on without supplies from some quar-
ter.  If we were to speculate upon the revela-
tions of WIKOFF�S Diplomatic Adventures,
we might very easily imagine that the British
Foreign Office was at the bottom of this curious
publication.  Its object, certainly, is one which
can obtain no effective sympathy from any but
enemies of the growth and prosperity of the
United States.               
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