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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 19, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 11

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MISTAKE TO FJREE FILIPINOS SAY AMERICAN4
OFFICIALS AND FOREIGN BUSINESS MEN
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A group of native Filipinos from the rugged, interior. Most of these
people are still savages'Vat heart- They have accepted; civilization at the
point of thebayonet"and will probably riscin revolt against any government
not strongVnough to control them.
BY DR. FRED 'BAKER.
Zamboanga, Mora Province, P. I.,
May 19. Suspense, arid allttle dread
are in the air all over the Philippines,
now passing through one of the most
remarkable -phases of their Checkered
history. Independence seems to be
coming by leaps antf bounds.
With few exceptibtis,aH foreigners,
including American's, feel reasonably
sure that the granting "c-f indepen
dence at this time' will prove a .mis
take, but this cannot be taken at face
value, for the great maorjty of those
who predict disaster are holding of
fices which they are UkeIy-tdlose if
Independence-comes," or. are in busi
nesses that will suffer from any
change m government
Of the native peoples there are
about seven millions so-called Chris
tians, always designated as Filipinos,
and about amilhon non-Christians
representing many tribes ,',
The common "people are unani
mously in favor ol. independence.1
Their point of view is almost identical
with that of the negroes in the South
just after the civil war, to most of
whom freedom-meant release from,
wprk, and -t& many, it also meant li-
cense.
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