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POLISH EXPERIENCES.

CHAPTER 1.

INTRODUCTORY.

In spite of the much talking and writing on the subject of Poland, during the past year, I have been convinced, since my return to England from that unfortunate country, that very vague ideas still prevail as to the real state of Poland and the Poles. The important thing for Englishmen to know is—first, to what extent Poland has already been Russianized or Germanized, and, secondly, to what extent Russians and Germans have it in their power to finish the work of denationalization. For it is not the having moral right on her side, or the requirements of divine justice, or anything so far off as that, which helps to keep Poland alive, but simply the inability of her enemies to kill her outright. Garibaldi may solemnly declare, and Mr. Hennessy may repeat after him, in the House of Commons, "Poland must not die,” but Poland would have died long ago, but for the physical impossibility of killing her.

IA portion of the present work has already appeared in the columns of the Daily Neros.

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