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Progress In Modern Athens

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The progress of the modern capital of Greece will not astoiiish Ainericau readers, but Athens in no way resembles Hew York or Chicago, nor ia Greece America. JBetween the two' conu tries there is no point of cornparison whatsoever. The Americana, springing from and counected with a powerf ui Enropean iiatiou, began their career with all the advantages and few of the drawbacks of civilization. They had only to confront the physical obstacles to their possession of the extensive territories which attracted and rewarded their enlightened euergy, aud itumigratiou accelerated the formatiou of a glorious commonwealth. The Greeks, emerging froin ages of debasiug serfriom, had no politica] or social or intellectual preparation for the work of regeueration. After haviagachieved by diut of desperate efforts the independeuce of a part only of their land and race they had to undergo a series of revolutions before settling down into an orgauized body politio. Moreover, the belief that the national unity is not yet complete has tended, and long may tend, to retard the work of interual development. Neither these jonsideratiouf, nor the tact that the wbole cou-utry was a scène of desolation at the close of the war of iudependenoe, must be lost sight of in forruing a judgment as to the progress thus far


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