The Philippines: A Treasure and a Problem

The Philippines: A Treasure and a Problem

The Philippines: A Treasure and a Problem

The Philippines: A Treasure and a Problem

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The purpose of this book is to give a sketch of some of the important problems of the Philippines. The student seeking a history of the Islands will have to turn elsewhere.

Such atmosphere as it possesses is due to the fact that I was able to supplement my readings by a visit to the Philippines and Java in the winter of 1925-1926, during which I had occasion to talk with many Americans, Filipinos and foreigners. For this visit I have to thank The New York Times, which sent me to the Far East to obtain for it a closer understanding of the political and economic conditions there. Needless to say the opinions expressed in this volume are my own without reference to the views or policies of that newspaper. Owing to the prestige of The New York Times and the kindness of many friends who took special pains to help me get in touch with well-informed persons, I had an exceptional opportunity to make a general survey.

If the criticisms by Dutchmen of American methods and the comparisons with the practices of the Dutch in Java seem to be many, it must be recalled that the problem which the Dutch have had in the Indies is almost the same as ours in the Philippines, and that their experience covers a period of three hundred years whereas ours does not yet cover thirty years. Much can be gained . . .

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