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ALGERIA parallel case, is not quite the same.

though seemingly a colonisation

in

153

that

monotonous country

Foreign

cannot

profoundly change a people, the peculiar conditions of whose desert home must always produce the same type of human existence and

New

influences along the banks of the Nile have lessened the historic misery of existence without affecting the mode of life or thought, and the Arabs of to-day live out

native

isolation.

their lives there

Algeria

is

much

a country far

as they did under the Fatlmltes. But versatile than Egypt, and since the

more

occupation the Arab has found himself obliged to conspire with the French in a totally new development of his home, even of his desert home which has proved more adaptable to change

than was natives

So the contact between colonists and

at first believed.

Is

necessarily far closer in Algeria than in Egypt, and a more psychological

makes the Algerian native worthy of

this

study than he has hitherto been vouchsafed, while the colonising of his country becomes more complicated and was, during the first

fifty years, necessarily

There

more

cruel.

strange workings In the mingled races of this which for the first time Is being colonised not by are

country emigrants as in the past, but by colonisers who, good, bad or indifferent, have absolutely implanted themselves In the land.

A

French writer of to-day has endeavoured In a powerful romance to work out the effects of African climate on certain races,

and

In especial

on the Spaniard who often seems "enivr6

' par I'abondance de TAfrique, emporte par I'ardeur de la terre," his blood burnt, as it were by the sun. But the effect of French

blood upon the Algerian Arab will be a yet more interesting Never, perhaps, has colonising been study in the near future. carried out in a more original spirit than to-day In Algeria, for that spirit

is

mitted in

its

one of assimilation, and whatever errors are cometernal policy are as often as not made In the effort '

Le Sang

des Races.

Bertrand.

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