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yet a nation ; it is made up of many states, each
more or less jealous of the others; the Catholics of
the south distrust the Lutherans of the north, the
Saxon dislikes the Prussian, and the Bavarian sus-
pects both ; then there are half-loyal Poles in East
Germany, French in the Rhine country, Danes in
Schleswig-Holstein. From all these diverse elements
of population, loyalty, if it proceed not from desire,
is demanded by force. It is a constant struggle
between the centrifugal force exerted by twenty-five
states, which only thirty years ago were separate
sovereignties, and the centripetal force of the power-
ful Prussian monarchy, with an iron-handed Hohen-
zoUern at its head. More than one prophet during
the past thirty years, who has seen all these dark
problems, has predicted the speedy downfall of
German political institutions ; yet Germany still



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stands, a great and powerful nation, and one cannot
but teel that the sober and practical sense of the
German citizen, combined with an intelligent and
powerful administration, will ultimately prevail, and
that Germany will continue to go forward and
upward.



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