Gibbon's stylistic artifice both averted the peril of prosecution and rendered the attack more telling.
The hour of peril for the Latin kingdom had now at last struck.
The " Yellow Peril " is considered less dangerous in Hawaii than formerly, although it was used as a political cry in the campaign for American annexation.
Nor was the peril wholly external.
It was not until the 4th of May 1877, when the peril from reactionary intrigues was notorious, and the clerical party had begun a campaign for the restoration of the temporal power of the pope, that he delivered his famous speech denouncing "clericalism" as "the enemy."