In approaching this complex theme there are many besetments which involve more or less controversy. Indeed, there may be suspicions of ulterior motives for, mayhap, an untried form of ambuscade, since it is widely conceded that statecraft may even masquerade as diplomacy. At the outset, however, there need be a disclaimer to the effect that there is to be any eulogy of honesty in any form, lest it be set down as cant in favor of the code. The purpose, then, to be announced is that of self-examination as to whether or not there may not be some sins of our own which require the penitential tear.
We have heard not a little of the outrages that have been perpetrated against us in the way of non-recognition, or what hurts our pride not a little, of that indefinite something which we consent to call ingratitude. It is not to be