IT will be a disappointing miscarriage of the author's intention if these pages merely serve to ruffle the feelings of the English, and to make Americans more carelessly confident. Both nations have something to learn of one another, and England being so much the older country her experiments, her failures, and her successes have the advantage of the searching test of time -- and certainly time is either the father or mother of truth. One is loath to accept new social or political policies too readily; one is equally loath to discard methods that have endured the strain of centuries.
The American who learns nothing from a study of the English people cannot be said to aid much in the solution of his own country's problems.
First I put their respect for the law, their law- abidingness, and their hearty approval of swift justice, illustrated over and over again in the foregoing pages. In a country where political