The Conquest of New England by the Immigrant

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CHAPTER XVIII
THE IMMIGRANT IN OCCUPATION--CITIES

IN a recent Chapter we have made some examination of typical New England communities. Those of us who are English-speaking have balked at the pronunciation of names which paralyze the tongue. It will be wearisome to particularize further or to continue a house to house canvass.

Bearing in mind then that the four million and more foreigners in New England, whom we are now to locate in a general way, have colonized in streets and areas similar to those we have just studied--let us make a speedy survey of the populous sections to which the alien has gravitated. These, as the reader of the foregoing pages will expect, are to be found near the coast, in the river valleys, or adjacent thereto. The vast majority are in the Southern industrial country. If there were no traffic to delay, the passengers of a speedy car could get a glimpse of each within forty-eight hours. The Government in case of war would not need much more time

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