The Conquest of New England by the Immigrant

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CHAPTER XX
THE NEW AMERICAN CHILD

THERE are Americans who appear to believe that immigrants residing in America are temporarily encamped in the regions they now occupy. Such optimists look forward to a morrow in which the armies of newcomers will pack their picturesque luggage, and take passage for the Old World. While this may be true of regions in the United States of which I am without knowledge, no such hegira will occur in New England. A hundred reasons might be given to bulwark this assertion. I shall refer to but one--the children.

It was easy in the old days for an adventurous European in search of a job to stow himself in the small steerage quarters allotted to him in a trans-Atlantic boat, and after landing in America to drift about from point to point. Many died, others fell into the hands of the authorities, the majority after wrestling with circumstances earned the right to survive. These, notwithstanding voluble protests in times of industrial unrest, like

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