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IN AMERICAN DIPLOMACY

forcements of her settlement here impossible to France, make the first cannon which shall be fired in Europe the signal for the tearing up of any settlement she may have made, and for holding the two continents of America in sequestration for the common purposes of the United British and American Nations."

But at this point the analogy between the Kaiser and Napoleon ends. The Little Corporal made his decisions like lightning. But if they were wrong, like lightning he reversed them. And it didn't take him three years to find out his mistakes.

Let us now return to Paris, where the expeditionary legion was expected hourly to start, and where a popular assembly was pointing with pride to a great new dominion.

For a moment, that bright morning of April 7th, all was quiet on the Place de la Concorde. Ministers had an hour's breathing spell. Pages might yawn behind the statuary. The brilliant-coated guards might stand at ease, and couriers, booted and spurred, snatch