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THE ANGLO-SAXON

A STUDY IN EVOLUTION

BY

GEORGE E. BOXALL

LONDON
GRANT RICHARDS
48, LEICESTER SQUARE, W.C.

1902

PRINTED BY HAZELL, WATSON AND VINEY, LD.,

LONDON AND AYLESBURY.

PREFACE

WHEN I returned to England, after a residence of more than forty years in Australia, and two years in America, I was astonished to find public opinion in the mother country so backward as compared with the younger English-speaking communities. In the United States, when I commented on public matters, I was told plainly that I was a foreigner and could not be expected to understand American institutions ; but I have felt far more like a foreigner in England than ever I did in the United States. Had I been a native-born Australian I should probably have returned to my native land and endeavoured to confirm my countrymen in their opinion that any closer relations with the old country than at present exist, must be impossible until the English step into line with their younger relatives. As I was not, I conceived the idea of doing something to bring all the English-speaking peoples nearer together by enabling them to realise their own characteristics. Hence this book. The work was completed in June 1900, and I have since added nothing to it. I have recently read M. M. Maeterlinck's “La Vie des Abeilles.” My knowledge of bees is too limited to enable me to judge of the scientific value of his

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