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TUNISIA misplaced or not ? is farms and vineyards,

a

vast

177

number of humbly-exploited

never perhaps producing measure owing to the tenacious habit of Sicilians ing

in

full

ignor-

modern .appliances, and

rich

as

their

as

likely to turn the tide against a people should rather go-ahead as the French ?

We

whether country had ever acquired a colony under circumstances more favourable than that of Tunisia by France,

ask

a

native population already softened by contact with a persevering and laborious race, thoroughly able from the similar conditions its

of their native land to

understand the

soil

and endure the

a people too, whom native and French alike pull well with in Africa. If capital Is peculiarly necessary in the colonising

climate

;

of Tunisia, Italy has shown conclusively that she had none to expend until too late. As for the importance of what is termed " the demonstrating of Itallanity," in Tunisia, the French themselves recognise its intangible character.' Certainly the problem " " Sicilian Invasion is an known as that of the interesting

seems more just in the present day to recognise the mass of bourgeoisie and humble workmen and their families classed

one, but

it

under that name rather

breadwinners without leanings towards a menace to France. political questions than as But the French Utopia remains that of a colony not merely as

language and thought. Our numbers, keeping the habits and customs of natives, the character of the land, in fact, fitting our system to the country instead of carrying into each the same ideas, is not

politically

but

literally

French

In

colonising In small

theirs.

"While obliged in Tunisia to encourage in their

own

Interest the Italian emigration for the colonising of their colony, they are endeavouring, as though all depended thereon, to graft

on a vast foreign population still in close touch native land and continually drifting back there or re-

their language

with

its

ceiving fresh instalments of families into their midst. '

" Le Peupkment

Italien en Tunlste

et

en Algerie."

Par Gaston Loth.

It

has

1905.

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