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American Tract Society,
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IN THE PHILIPPINES
and their inhabitants as far as might be practicable. This was done, with the following result:
The area of the Philippines equals that of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and it is believed by those who have studied the situation carefully that the islands are capable of supporting a population of at least
100,000,000. It is doubtful if an area so large as that of the Philippines can be found which contains such a vast population, together with such virgin resources in every line of industry. The fact that these resources have not been developed is due to the discouraging practices of Spain. The present Government, however, invites all honest, intelligent and thrifty men, of whatever nationality, to assist in restoring to the islands all that they have failed to secure in the past through a narrow administrative policy. There are highways to build, railways to construct, forests and mines to exploit, plantations to cultivate, inexhaustible water powers to harness, manufactories to establish. Modem methods of agriculture and many other fields of endeavor are open to capital and industry. Men of thrift and industry are invited to settle in the islands and help to improve them, and the first fruits will be given to those who first accept the invitation. What the islands need is a class of pioneers such as made the great empire lying west of the Mississippi River, men with willing hands and honest hearts and a small amount of capital.