The Conquest of New England by the Immigrant

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CHAPTER XV
THE AWAKENING

THE year 1907 brought the greatest immigration to the United States that is recorded, viz.--1,285,349.

That is a staggering number when vitalized! Glimpse the cataclysm if you can. Men and women arrayed in an endless variety of unfamiliar costumes, and most of them wretchedly helpless. Some are excitable, voluble of tongue, and extravagant of gestures. Others are dumb with a sort of terror and are handled like freight. The fortunate ones are met by relatives or agents for the racial banking houses which have undertaken to receive and deliver these human parcels. The great mass are herded like cattle, lined up by steamship and railway officials, ticketed individually or in groups, and hurried to some smoky destination. There is color here--hope--play for imagination--power and romance! There is also sickness--wretchedness--and dismal poverty! Over the most of them tower the huge erections that metropolitan architects are experimenting

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