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"preternatural Suspicion."

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Parent Issue
Day
28
Month
April
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
OCR Text

The frenzy of suspicloii - "preternatural suspicion," as Cariyle ealled it- into which Frer.chmen, when exüted, are apt to fall, is most difficult of explanation, especially to Englisiimen, whö eannot even comprehend why Frenchmen should believe that English gold is expended upon the Dreyfus agitation, and consider the belief either flctitious or simply silly, says the Spectator. The belief with thcusanda is not fictitious at aü, and the French are one of the shrewdest of European races, possesshig besides that touch 01 huiuor which shouli prevent any om, from btüevipg that an unbroken egg has been poisoned. We confess that áuspiciousneis bothers u's, wiso have watched Fiench politics through a lifetime. If it were always direc.ted against e-e set of enemies it might be interpreted as a mere form of hatred; but this is not the case. There is more suspicion in Paris of Frenen -Tews at this moment than of Englishmen, and as nuch suspicion of a very grave and reputable class - the Huguenots - as of either. The feeling is often set dwn to ignorance, but classes of Englishmen who are quite as ignorant are cwparatively free from it. and the Prench populace suspects above all men those who live thelr lives all day and every day under their microscopio eyea.