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MARCH AND JUNE, 1904.
THE EDUCATION OF THE STRANGER
TRUSTWORTHY judgment concerning the service rendered
the last three years cannot be grounded on the fragmentary despatches communicated to the daily press, but only on the slowly unfolding consequences of the organization and policy established.
The conditions are unfamiliar, and many of the factors of the problem lie quite without the range of our experience as a nation. Hitherto on this continent we have established governments for societies in which those who made the laws have had the same ideas, instincts, and traditions as the body of the people for whom the laws were made: only members of our own race have been involved. In the new undertaking we have sought to bring into political coöperation members of two distinct races. Those persons who have expected such immediate results as might appear in dealing with a branch of European stock have failed to take into account the mutually repelling force of diverse racial inheritances. They have failed to estimate properly the difficulty the subordinate race is destined to encounter in comprehending the ideas and social principles of the dominant race, and also the difficulty it will experience in changing its point of view with respect to government, and in annulling the force of the ancient social traditions.
Copyright, 1904, Frederick A. Richardson, all rights reserved.