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American Occupation of Phillippines 1898-1912 by James H. Blount

American Occupation of Phillippines 1898-1912 by James H. Blount

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Author Blount, James H.
Title The American Occupation of the Philippines 1898-1912
Language English
USA Public Domain Release Date June 28, 2011
Author Blount, James H.
Title The American Occupation of the Philippines 1898-1912
Language English
USA Public Domain Release Date June 28, 2011

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The Project Gutenberg EBook of The American Occupation of the Philippines1898-1912, by James H. BlountThis eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and withalmost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away orre-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License includedwith this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.netTitle: The American Occupation of the Philippines 1898-1912Author: James H. BlountRelease Date: June 28, 2011 [EBook #36542]Language: English*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK AMERICAN OCCUPATION OF THE PHILIPPINES***Produced by Jeroen Hellingman and the Online DistributedProofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.net (This file wasproduced from images generously made available by theDigital & Multimedia Center, Michigan State UniversityLibraries.)THE AMERICAN OCCUPATION OF THE PHILIPPINES1898-1912ByJAMES H. BLOUNTOfficer of United States Volunteers in the Philippines, 1899-1901United States District Judge in the Philippines, 1901-1905With a MapG. P. Putnam's SonsNew York and LondonThe Knickerbocker Press1912
 
Copyright, 1912ByJames H. BlountThe Knickerbocker Press, New YorkToJOHN DOWNEY WORKSOF CALIFORNIAAS FINE A TYPE OF CHRISTIAN GENTLEMANAS EVERGRACED A SEAT IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESWHOBELIEVING, WITH THE WRITER, AS TO THE PHILIPPINES, THATINDEFINITE RETENTION WITH UNDECLARED INTENTIONISINDEFINITE DRIFTINGHAS READ THE MANUSCRIPT OF THIS WORKAS IT PROGRESSEDLENDING TO ITS PREPARATION THE AID AND COUNSEL OFAN OLDER AND A WISER MANANDTHE CONTAGIOUS SERENITY OFCONFIDENCE THAT RIGHT WILL PREVAILTHIS BOOK IS GRATEFULLY INSCRIBED BYThe AuthorPREFACEPardon, gentles all,The flat unraised spirit that hath daredOn this unworthy scaffold to bring forthSo great an object.Henry V.To have gone out to the other side of the world with an army ofinvasion, and had a part, however small, in the subjugation of astrange people, and then to see a new government set up, and, asan official of that government, watch it work out through a numberof years, is an unusual and interesting experience, especially toa lawyer. What seem to me the most valuable things I learned in thecourse of that experience are herein submitted to my fellow-countrymen,in connection with a narrative covering the whole of the Americanoccupation of the Philippines to date.
 
This book is an attempt, by one whose intimate acquaintance with tworemotely separated peoples will be denied in no quarter, to interpreteach to the other. How intelligent that acquaintance is, is of coursealtogether another matter, which the reader will determine for himself.The task here undertaken is to make audible to a great free nation thevoice of a weaker subject people who passionately and rightly long tobe also free, but whose longings have been systematically denied forthe last fourteen years, sometimes ignorantly, sometimes viciously,and always cruelly, on the wholly erroneous idea that where the end isbenevolent, it justifies the means, regardless of the means necessaryto the end.At a time when all our military and fiscal experts agree that havingthe Philippines on our hands is a grave strategic and economic mistake,fraught with peril to the nation's prestige in the early stages of ournext great war, we are keeping the Filipinos in industrial bondagethrough unrighteous Congressional legislation for which specialinterests in America are responsible, in bald repudiation of theOpen Door policy, and against their helpless but universal protest,a wholly unprotected and easy prey to the first first-class Power withwhich we become involved in war. Yet all the while the very highestconsiderations of national honor require us to choose between makingthe Filipino people free and independent without unnecessary delay,as they of right ought to be, or else imperilling the perpetuityof our own institutions by the creation and maintenance of a greatstanding army, sufficient properly to guard overseas possessions.A cheerful blindness to the inevitable worthy of Mark Tapley himself,the stale Micawberism that "something is bound to turn up," anda Mrs. Jellyby philanthropy hopelessly callous to domestic duties,expenses, and distresses, have hitherto successfully united to preventthe one simple and supreme need of the situation--a frank, formal,and definite declaration, by the law-making power of the government,of the nation's purpose in the premises. What is needed is a formallegislative announcement that the governing of a remote and alienpeople is to have no permanent place in the purposes of our nationallife, and that we do bona fide intend, just as soon as a stablegovernment, republican in form, can be established by the peopleof the Philippine Islands, to turn over, upon terms which shall bereasonable and just, the government and control of the islands tothe people thereof.The essentials of the problem, being at least as immutable as humannature and geography, will not change much with time. And wheneverthe American people are ready to abandon the strange gods whoseguidance has necessitated a new definition of Liberty consistent withtaxation without representation and unanimous protest by the governed,they will at once set about to secure to a people who have proventhemselves brave and self-sacrificing in war, and gentle, generous,and tractable in peace, the right to pursue happiness in their own way,in lieu of somebody else's way, as the spirit of our Constitution,and the teachings of our God, Who is also theirs, alike demand.After seven years spent at the storm-centre of so-called "Expansion,"the first of the seven as a volunteer officer in Cuba during and afterthe Spanish War, the next two in a like capacity in the Philippines,and the remainder as a United States judge in the last-named country,the writer was finally invalided home in 1905, sustained in spirit,at parting, by cordial farewells, oral and written, personal and

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