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Before we leave this part of the subject we must

reiterate our warnings as to the dangers of conspiracy bunting and of giving any encouragement to persecution by prejudice. It is sure to defeat itself. Look at what happened in that capital example, the Titus Oates conspiracy. It claimed its innocent victims by the hundred, and yet it never succeeded in eradicating the dangerous Roman Catholic element in the Stuart Government. It never touched Charles II. himself, who was almost certainly at that time a Roman Catholic and quite certainly a traitor to his country—witness the secret Treaty of Dover. Indeed, it may be said that the Titus (lathe conspiracy very materially helped and encouraged the ultramontane plots against English liberty and English Protestantism. When the inevitable reaction came it enabled Charles to strike hard with his Rye House counter, plot, to destroy suoh men as Russell and Algernon Sydney. and to give a sense of power, security and general encourage- ment to James II. and his clerical advisers which they could have acquired in no other way. That a similar result would follow a foolish, hotheaded, and unjust attempt to fix a world con• spiraoy upon the Jewish race, not only abroad but here, is in our opinion certain.