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Carlism In Spain

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As Americana we can have but littlo sympathy with either of theso claimants to the ancient throne oí' Spain. The cause of Don Carlos cannot but excite, however, the prejudices of all lovers of republican liberty in whatever country It is advocated and síistained by bigoted oíd sticklers for oíd things because they aie oíd; by opponents of all change, ex' cept change back to the ideas and practiaes of the past, and by tho clergy : not howevor by the higher clergy, for the archbishop, the titulaües of the high ecclesiastical charges, the canons of cathedrals, and the curia of the large cities, are almost all of them Alfonsists. Carlism has its stronghold among the country clergy, and in the rural parishes, in which the priests come in contact with the masses of the people. Of all the countries of Europe, Spain is perhaps the most completely under the influence of the priesthood. The lower clergy do not heeitate to preach Carlism, and to advocate openly the establishment of Carlos VIL, the king after God's own heart, the church's king, the king absolute, omnipotent, the pure and uuadulterated. On the other hand, among those who resisted the claim of Carlos, and stood by Queen Maria Christina, while regeut, and Isabella II., and who now advocate the claim of Prince Asturius ai against UarlÍ8iia, were the liberáis, the progresaiveist.s, the Constitutional monarchists, and the tolerationists. Whether a republic can stand in Spain remains to be seen. We are sure that evory American heart wishes well to the noble men who would give civil and religious freedom, and stability to that glorious but distracted country, and watches with great interest and anxiety the result of the present eomplications


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