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The Cost Of National Neighborhood

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The American Eepublic lias been referred to as a nation without neighbors. Au acute writer ha-s criticised and pointed out national traits of self-complaccncy and indifferenoe to other interests and peoples, which lie believes are evidences of our unneighborly disposition. In other lands it costs a great deal to be noighborly, and the neighborhood feeling that ia rnaintaincd is rathcr the reverse of good fellowship. At least it seems to rerjuire an enormous pólice forcé to maintain the peace. It is very doubtful whether ui acuto knowledgo and active interest in f oreign affairs may not be bonght at too largo a prico. It seem.s to be paying altogether too niuch for "one's whistle." The following statement oí the men enrolled in the European armies (without stating the naval force) shows what "good fellowship" costa: Jiation. J'eaee. War. tïïi 278,4$ 838,700 Ëelefitn J7,,)91 l.J7,50n ;,■'.■ .... 36,782 4,1, Vit frame lÏ7Ï)7.V. ..'.'.'. 545,(100 752,727 (" „. ' 401,059 l,273,:M0 iïï&ife.;::: ag & lt,v (Í8T8) .'.".'. ■..'..'.' 19,657 445,509 U 8M WHO K„a"a J33 72 1,178,179 '.dn 150,000 2110,(100 SdJn'anaiíñrwáy::: 20,in VKm Kwit'iTl'Uid Hl.ofty JU1,A( ïnicj .. .:. . ..■.■.■.:..::........ %$m % ■2,8)9,5C.301,4i -v -. These figures iuclude onl y those bod ios which are regarded as the regular árniics of their dinerent countries, standing or reserve, cxcept in the oase of Grcat ISritain and Switzerland, in both of ■which the armies on a war footing are largely drawn f rom civil life. In the I lirst named thore are 340,062 of drilled militia, voluntecr corps and yeomanry. In Syritzerland, the active force ia really quite srnall, as every citizen is pbliged to do mihtarv duty. In Germany thcre are over 500,000 more of the "landstrum " who can be mobilized. Martin's Year Book for 1875, givcs the Imperial army of China at 850,000 ; the standing army of Persia at 30,000 in time of peace, and 105,500 in time of war. The standing army of Japan is estimated at 80,000. The entire regular force provided for by all the American governmente is but 90,020, of which the United States maintains 30,000, Brazü 28,933, and Peru 13,200. These figures, give the following total orgnnized and regular force among the leading powers of the world : The Ainerican Contmcnts „Pn'nraï Suropo:::::::::::::: w 3,924,83 Tho foregoing figures aro only the peaeo footing. Adding the two million men that could be raised and equipped in this country, with at least three more in China and Japan, werc it neoessary, and allowing for what the smaller Stsxtes could do if iinperilled, then adding thoso estimates to the 0,301,425, already providod for in Europe, and we have shown an array of at least 13,000,000 armod men ín the world. We may be


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