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340             UNCLE TOM'S CABIN; OR
" Because," said Alfred, " we can see plainly enough that all men are not born free, nor born equal; they are born anything else. For my part, I think half this repub­lican talk sheer humbug. It is the educated, the intelli­gent, the wealthy, the refined, who ought to have equal rights, and not the canaille.'1''
" If you can keep the canaille of that opinion," said Augustine. " They took their turn once, in France."
" Of course, they must be kept down, consistently, steadily, as I should," said Alfred, setting his foot hard down, as if he were standing on somebody.
" It makes a terrible slip when they get up," said Au­gustine, — " in St. Domingo, for instance."
" Poh ! " said Alfred, l< we 11 take care of that, in this country. We must set our face against all this educating, elevating talk, that is getting about now; the lower class must not be educated."
" That is past praying for," said Augustine ; " educated they will be, and we have only to say how. Our system is educating them in barbarism and brutality. We are breaking all humanizing ties, and making them brute beasts; and, if they get the upper hand, such we shall find them."
u They never shall get the upper hand ! " said Alfred.
" That's right," said St. Clare; " put on the steam, fasten down the escape-valve, and sit on it, and see where you '11 land."
" Well," said Alfred, " we will see. I 'm not afraid to sit on the escape-valve^ as long as the boilers are strong, and the machinery works well."
'* The nobles in Louis XVI.'s time thought just so ; and Austria and Pius IX. think so now; and, some pleasant morning, you may all be caught up to meet each other in the air, when the boilers burst."
"Dies declarabit" said Alfred, laughing.
" I tell you," said Augustine, " if there is anything that is revealed with the strength of a divine law in our times,.