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We have nothing whatever to complain about in regard to

the action of Japan, but her diplomatists, who arc among the most accomplished in the world, would not be human if they did not take the opportunity so freely offered them by our entanglements. Of the bad effects on American public opinion produced by our insisting on maintaining the appearance of an alliance we need not again insist. It is obvious that., as long as we have such bitter enemies in the United States as those to be found among the Irish, the Germans, the Ultramontanes, the Bolsheviks, and the Teutonic Russian Jews, we shall be held up as the Allies of America's secular enemy—of the East against the West, of the yellow man against the white. If that were true, we should have to endure it. As it is, in fact, not true, we object to being put in the wrong unnecessarily. When will our statesmen remember Bacon's pregnant words : " These seem things of form, but are things of substance" ?