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servants of 95 per cent of the native
officials are stave women, some pur
chased outright, many under guise of
legitimate transactions, and others
held as mortgages for debt contracted
by their male relatives.
"A native official in the land de
partment," said Sergt. Henderson,
"came to me a short time before I
left the islands to enlist police aid in
helping him recover a pretty native
girl who had escaped from his house
hold. "He assured me that she was no
prisoner, but frankly explained how
he had taken her as a mortgage for
a loan of 25 pesos ($12.50) to her
father, ostensibly to work out the
debt at a pittance so low as to require
years of service.
"He showed me an official record
of the transaction, property certified
by a Manila notary a chattel deal
with the government seal as cove
nant. "The. fact is, it is too common an
occurrence, and of too easy tolerance,
to require much secrecy.
"In following the case up I learned
that the girl's father, who had first
sold her to get gambling money, had
persuaded her to run away from the
official master, and had then sold her
again to a wealthy Chinaman for 15
"In these outright slavery dealings,
cloaked more carefully than peonage,
the Chinese are the highest bidders.
Some of the younger women many
wondrously beautiful bring good
Sergeant Henderson declares it not
unusual for men of some means to
have from one to a dozen "servants,"
beside their legally married wife.
His 15 years of military and official
activity in -Luzon as non-commissioned
officer of the 33d Volunteers,
commander of mounted scouts in
Llocos Norte and Abra, government
secret service operative and police of
ficer have given him exceptional op
portunity to familiarize himself with
conditions in the Philippines.
"The ironical factor in this selling'
of women," resumed Henderson, "is
that it is confined wholly to the s6
called Christian tribes. The Moham
medan natives refuse absolutely to
barter in human flesh."
He believes it will be years before
this traffic can be stamped out, there
being no disposition, now, he claims,
to enforce the recently enacted law.
"It is money in the pockets of the
native officials to continue this chat
tel dealing," was his explanation,
"and it is fatuous to expect it to be
suppressed so long as native officials
wield the balance of power. The stat
ute was enacted in lethargic fashion
only after long agitation by Amer
icans, and is generally' regarded
among the Filipinos as a. mere letter
concession to public policy."
MOVEMENT TO MAKE OVER
AMERICAN VOICE AT COLLEGE
Madison, Wis. A voice clinic to-
help the student and professor learn ,.
to produce musical tones instead of
rough, nasal and defective ones is a "
pioneer work the University of Wis- '
consin will undertake. z
Dr. Smiley Blanton has been called a
from Cornell to launch it. He will
give individual examinations and will '
advise with all students and members
of the faculty who desire to secure a
this service. B