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কালান্তর করবার জন্তে অন্তদের চেপে ছোটো করে রাখা দরকার । সমস্ত পাশ্চাত্য জগৎ আজ এই নীতি নিয়ে বাকি জগতের সঙ্গে কারবার করছে। এই নীতিতে নিরস্তুর যে ভয় জাগিয়ে রাখে তাতে শাস্তি টিকতে পারে না । জগদবিখ্যাত ফরাসী লেখক আনাতোল ফ্রাস লিখছেন– It does not, however, appear at first sight that the Yellow Peril at which European economists are terrified is to be compared to the White Peril suspended over Asia. The Chinese do not send to Paris, Berlin, and St. Petersburg missionaries to teach Christians the Fung-Chui, and sow disorder in European affairs. A Chinese expenditionary force did not land in Quiberon Bay to demand of the Government of the Republic extra-territoriality, i. e., the right of trying by a tribunal of mandarins cases pending between Chinese and Europeans. Admiral Togo did not come and bombard Brest Roads with a dozen battleships, for the purpose of improving Japanese trade in France...... He did not burn Verseilles in the name of a higher civilisa tion. The army of the Great Asiatic Powers did not carry away to Tokio and Peking the Louvre paintings and the silver service of the Elysee. No indeed Monsieur Edmond Thery himself admits that the yellow men are not sufficiently civilised to imitate the whites so faithfully. Nor does he foresee that they will ever rise to so high a moral culture. How could it be possible for them to possess our virtues 2 They are not Christians. But men entitled to speak consider that the Yellow Peril is none the less to be dreaded for all that it is economic, Japan and China, organised by Japan, threaten us in all the markets of Europe, with a competition fright ويO\ {<