Over the Plum Pudding

Over the Plum Pudding

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Excerpt: ...century the whole Eastern Hemisphere became European?" "I remember that we took part in the division of China," said Dawson. "Oh yes," said James, "quite so. But in 1920 don't you recall how we swapped Pg 121 off our share in China, together with the Dewey Islands, for Canada and all other British possessions on this side of the earth?" "Dimly, James, only dimly," said Dawson, astonished, as well he might be, at the news, since he had never even imagined anything of the kind, although the Dewey Islands needed no explanation. "And we have ultimately acquired the whole hemisphere?" "Yes, sir," replied James. "The South American republics came in naturally in 1940, and the Mexican War in 2363 ended, as it had to, in the conquest of Mexico." "And, tell me, what are we doing with Patagonia?" "One of the most flourishing States in the Union, Mr. Dawson. It was made the Immigrant State, sir. All persons immigrating to the United States, by an act of Congress passed in 2480, were compelled to go to Patagonia first, and forced to live there for a period of five years, studying American conditions, after which, provided they could pass an examination showing themselves equal to the duties of citizenship, Pg 122 they were permitted to go wherever else in the States they might choose." "And suppose they couldn't pass?" Dawson asked. "They had to stay in Patagonia until they could," said James. "It is known as the School of Instruction of the States. It is also our penal colony. Instead of prisons, we have a section of Patagonia set apart for the criminal element." "And the negro?" asked Dawson. "How about him?" "The negro, Mr. Dawson, if the histories say rightly, was an awful problem for a great many years. He had so many good points and so many bad that no one knew exactly what to do about him. Finally the sixty-third amendment was passed, ordering his deportation to Africa. It seemed like a hardship at first, but in 2863 he pulled himself together, and...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236715047
  • 9781236715043