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102 CHURCH HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF.
Catholic Americans towards the friars of the Philippines, an unprejudiced observer cannot fail to detect a notable paral lel to the conditions which led to the secularization of the Spanish missions of California in the last century. Enemies of the friars in both instances seem to have ignored the fact that those good religions were (as Mr. Stoddard remarks) "the founders and rightful owners of the missions the first fathers of the land;" that "they did whatever was done for it, and for the people who originally inhabited it." It is indisputable that they were the first explores, the first tillers of the soil, the first cattle-raisers, the first educators of the natives in all branches of secular as well as religious knowledge. In both cases, from the time officious outsiders began to interfere in the affairs of the friars, the prosperity of their people began to diminish faith and morals to languish and decay. Even as the Mexican soldiers and colonists (accord ing to the Protestant historian, Professor Joyce) were alone responsible for the deadly disorders introduced, more than a half-century ago, among the Catholic Indians of California, so we have the public testimony of another honest non-Catholic of our own day to prove that the much-maligned Filipinos area deeply religious and moral people who were unacquaint ed with many of the vices of civilization (so-called) until American soldiers occupied their soil. The Brotherhood of Sts. Andrew and Philip is a well meaning organization working for the spiritual improvement of young men under the auspices of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, and presumably in other large cities of the Union. At the close of the Spanish-American war, this guild dispatched a deputation of lay missionaries to evan gelize the youth of the Philippines, and establish there the first American Episcopalian Church. A certain Mr. Peyton of Virginia was prominently indentified with this proselytizing movement. After a year or so spent in the islands, Mr. Pey ton returned to Philadelphia, and there gave a report of his