Private Smith at the Philippines

Private Smith at the Philippines

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ... feel that Americans considered fehem not worth either political or social consideration. Driven back upon themselves, their soldiers treated with contempt, their wishes not listened to or respected if heard, told nothing of our Government's ultimate desires or purposes, or, if told, left without judicious, sympathetic explanations of the course of events in Washington, --the Filipinos gradually accepted their isolation, organized their government more and more thoroughly, and began to import arms and ammunition for their own support and defence. I cannot blame them for having done this. They could so easily have been retained as our allies and friends. A sympathizer, a conciliator, a politician, in the good sense of the word, could have kept them with him step by step, while the administration at Washington was coming to a consciousness of its own wishes and aims. But we let them go; we let them misunderstand us; or we did not try to keep them with us, as we came to understand ourselves better. On our own authorities, not on the Filipinos, falls the blame that the Filipinos changed from friends to enemies, and at last turned toward us in the trenches at Manila a hostile front. A more lamentable series of lost opportunities, of neglected openings for having one's own way, of deliberate manufacture of enemies, it would be difficult to find in the history of nations. I am not alone in this judgment.7 'Meantime the Paris Commission held its conference and the Filipino commissioner was ignored, though he was allowed to submit memoranda whicli received no consideration. The treaty was concluded and the Filipinos were bought from Spain for $20,000,000, like so many cattle. "Although the treaty of Paris had not yet been ratified, the president issued...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236659031
  • 9781236659033