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Its easy to link to paragraphs in the Full Text Archive If this page contains some material that you want to link to but you don't want your visitors to have to scroll down the whole page just hover your mouse over the relevent paragraph and click the bookmark icon that appears to the left of it. In truth, the Old World's fund of humanity is not sufficiently ampleto keep up the pace; and the rate of natural increase is no longerwhat it was when the country was all new, and cornfield and nurseryvied in fecundity.The address of that paragraph will appear in the address bar of your browser. That the former source of augmentation is gainingin proportion upon the latter is apparent from the last three returns.
The resultcould not vary nor be doubted; but that the struggle, in war and inpeace, must be slow and wearing, was quite as certain.
It fell far short of the numbers that had constituted,two centuries earlier, the European republic from which our federationborrowed its name.
It barely equaled theoriginal population, between the two oceans, of nomadic Indians, whowere, by general consent, too few to be counted or treated as ownersof the land.
We shall findsometimes as wide a difference between two given millions as betweentwo given individuals. They have, however, done wonders for themselvesand the world by activities which we have, in comparison, neglected.
Population, the most convenient gauge of national strength andprogress, is far from being a universally reliable one. Compared with the United States, France and Germany, for example, have advanced butlittle in population.