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Mexico--what It Is Worth

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What is Mexico that more than half of Christendom should tako so rauch interest in it ? When we hear that Mexico is to become an Empire, we recollect the surrendor oí" its capital a few years ago to General Scott, whose army numbered less than ten thousand ; and forgetting our geography conclude the empire will be a email affair. But coraparing, we find that Great Britain and Ireland, France, Prussia, and the Empire of Austria - four of the five great powers of Europe - are not together equal to it in extent of territory ; that the original thirteen of the Uniied States were not larger, and that the Eoman Empire in its broadest extent, from the Atlantic to the Euphrates, and from the llhine and the Danube to the Great Desert, was, the Mediterranean included, hardly twice as large. In the natural fertility of the soil, Mexico is one of the most favored countries ia the world. The interior is an immense plateau which, washed by the Atlantic and Paciñc Oceans, rises almost insensibly to the height oí 7000 feet above their level. The traveler as ho ascends these slopes towards the interior finds in succession every variety of climate, every kind of natural riches, from the oppressive heat of the Senegal 'to the températe climate of the Hudson, from the equatorial productions, coflee, sugar-cane, vanilla, cocoa, cotton, mahogany, rosewood, obony, and dye-svoods, to the olive tree oi Spain and Italy, the graia of colder climates, and the pine of northern Maine. Timber is abundant and of the best quality. The gold and silrer mines of Mexico are fained throughout the world. The silver mines especially, to ihe number of more than a thousand, appear inexhaustible, and for the abundance of product, may be reckoned the first on the globe. With the exception of a few localities along the gulf coast, the climate of the country is healthy. In a word, Mexico is the part oí the American continent most favored by nature. It requires no uncommon sagacity to see that a country liko chis, with a stable government which would encourage agriculture, manufactures, mining, commerce and the building of roads and railroads, and which would ofler protection to men of every useful trade and profession, from all countries, must in a very few vears rival in wealth and prosperity the greatest powers of the world. The time is probably not far distant when the anarchy whcih has reigned in Mexico for half a century will give way to some permanent government, when the Oelt or Anglo Saxon will take the place of the Creóle, the Mestito and the Indian. And is it a matter of indifference to uó whether the immigration which is ta,give this country its new life, comes from the old world or the now


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