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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 37

Two Pictures in One Frame—Organ of Public Opinion

Two Pictures in One Frame—Organ of Public Opinion.

Public Opinion must have been somewhat puzzled on the 28th September I860, to know how to shape its conversation for the day, after reading the following 'identity of contraries' The 'Times,' like the proverbial showman, may well say, "Whichever you like," etc.

This immense mass (the Russian Empire) is the product of acquisition and attraction perpetually going on. Towards the West, conquest and diplomacy have been employed; towards the East, conquest and civilisation.

Say what we will or prophesy as we may, it is not to he denied that all the progress of Russia in the East is mainly that progress which, as we have found, is almost inevitably forced upon a superior race in contact with semisavagos or barbarians.—Times, Sept. 28, 1860.

It is not a paradox to say that if Russia became more enlightened she would become less powerful. Something of the barbarian element is required in a conquering race. To make the people a perfect instrument in the hands of their ruler, they must be partly fanatics or partly slaves.

The conquests of more civilised nations may be more rapid, but they are less durable.

The brave, stolid, passive, superstitious Russian has been the true unit of that power which has created the empire. Make him a reasoning, independent, or capricious thinker, and the power is gone.—Times, Sept. 28, 1860.

The Turkish empire was formed in a comparatively short period by an overwhelming torrent of armed fanatics, and it represents at this day only an aggregate of regions on which the descendants of the conquerors are encamped.—Times, Sept. 28, 1860.