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"For never land long lease of empire won,

Whose sons sate silent when base deeds were done.”



In vain we call old notions fudge,

And bend our conscience to our dealing; The ten commandments will not budge,

And stealing will continue stealing."-Lowell.

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Be hushed before the high Benignant Power
That moves wool-shod through sepulcher and tower!
No truth so low but he will give it crown;

No wrong so high but he will hurl it down.

O men that forge the fetter, it is vain;
There is a still hand stronger than your chain.
'Tis no avail to bargain, sneer, and nod,
And shrug the shoulder for reply to God.”
-EDWIN MARKHAM IN McClure's Magazine.

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"Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed."-Declaration of Independence.


Veterans enroute to the United States from Manila form a debating club on board the transport "Century."


I. Can Americans successfully colonize the Philippines?

Would annexation open a new market for American products?

Are the Filipinos incapable of self-government?

4. Charges of bribery and cruelty against Aguinaldo.

5. Had the Filipinos a right to regard the Americans as their allies?

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6. Who was responsible for the beginning of hostilities?


Have the Americans a moral right to conquer the


In order to maintain national honor must the Amer

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icans force the Filipinos to submit?


A large standing army a menace to liberty. Interests of labor.

Into the maw of the Orient.


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HE United States transport Century was three days from Manila, en route to San Francisco, before her passengers began to get acquainted with each other. There were aboard two colonels, three majors, one captain, and a half-dozen lieutenants of the regular or volunteer service, three wives of officers, a red cross nurse, half a hundred discharged privates, a lawyer and a newspaper correspondent. The officers and soldiers had all been in the Philippines from the time of the American occupancy of Manila, and were well acquainted with the Filipinos, the island of Luzon, and the causes which led to hostilities between the Americans and natives. They had participated in the fighting from Manila to San Fernando under McArthur, or had been with Lawton or Wheaton in their operations, both north and south of Manila-all, except Captain Bevans,

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having taken an active part in the campaigns.

Captain Bevans had gone to the Philippines as a commissary officer, where he had served his country from behind a desk in the office of the collector of customs. He had never been on a march, had never heard the sound of a hostile bullet, had eaten the best food, slept in a big, airy room, high above the poisonous earth, and had his tongue examined each morning by a physician. In other words, Captain Bevans had a snap. But that fact was in no way surprising to him, as he had always had a snap when his party was in power. In return for these snaps the captain gave his party faithful service during every campaign, national and state. He was an eloquent and forceful speaker, an adroit organizer, and always accepted without question the men and measures put forward by the state and national conventions of his party. He was a politician in the popular meaning, and politics paid him in dollars and


As the Century steamed along toward Nagasaki, where she would coal for her

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