The Isles of Fear: The Truth about the Philippines

The Isles of Fear: The Truth about the Philippines

The Isles of Fear: The Truth about the Philippines

The Isles of Fear: The Truth about the Philippines

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WILL, you spare a moment to hear, before starting in on the meat of this book, why and how it is written?

For some few years past we, the American people, have been vaguely aware of a sensation of unrest in the region of the Philippine Islands -- and of Voices, once and again, asking for Philippine Independence.

We have not known what those voices stood for. We have had no background upon which to rate their claim. And yet the Philippine Islands are America's responsibility -- a responsibility that we voluntarily assumed and may not lightly shift to other shoulders merely for the asking.

But the Philippine Islands are a long way off. The mere journey takes more time than most of us can consecutively spare to public uses.

And so, being myself free to go, and having some previous experience in field investigation, I determined to make an attempt to serve my fellow countrymen by collecting for their use the material that their own obligations preclude their collecting for themselves.

Arrived in Manila, that delightful town, I addressed myself at once to the principal Filipino personages. I was received with the utmost courtesy and cordiality and for weeks enjoed social intercourse and many conferences with the chief figures in Filipino upper life. The limit of my entertainments was the limit that I myself imposed. I found the people interesting, intelligent, charming, appealing. And to each with whom I deliberately talked, I made this careful preliminary statement:

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