I was inspired by @lastmanstanding to check out the Jan 15 1892 Watchtower and came across this little gem from the same article covering Russell's trip to Europe. I think this will be particularly interesting to the Aussies here considering our ongoing debate about the treatment of immigrants and refugees.
The people are generally intelligent, industrious, busy and
comfortably clothed and fed—far beyond our previous suppo
sitions. \Ve could not help wondering whence come some of
the worst specimens of all races to this country as emigrants.
Evidently the people of the United States are performing a
service of inestimable value to the whole world in receiving
their scum of ignorance and their dregs of degradation
their scum of ignorance and their dregs of degradation—both
due more to evils of the past than to those of the present,
and chiefly chargeable to priestcraft, superstition and igno
rance fostered for centuries by that old “Mother of Harlots,”
which falsely claims to be the church-system founded by our
Lord and his apostles
And then there was also this bit of repugnant racial stereotyping (even if it was not their idea, repeating it and somewhat endorsing it is just as bad in my view)
The effect of this general education may be imagined: the people are awake to an appreciation of their rights in a way and to a degree that no one would have suspected but a short time ago, when the German brain was generally credited with being rather slow and sluggish. No other nation on earth is so fully awake now.