does not mean that you will escape duty payment when you enter the States. There are two separate sets of duties for the Philippines and the United States. They are two separate Governments. This point is hammered into you at the pier while eagle-eyed officials paw over your belongings, on the lookout for things bought in China and Japan. My belief is that we should make the port of Manila, or a portion of it, a free port, as the English have done successfully at Hong Kong and Singapore; that is, make it a port free of custom duties for vessels wishing to load and unload merchandise in commercial exchange. We should unquestionably have such a free port of exchange in the Orient. Everywhere that free ports have been tried they have greatly stimulated trade and commerce. For a fuller explanation of this important suggestion I refer the reader to my chapters on the Panama Canal Zone, in United States Colonies and Dependencies.
As you at last walk away from the dock you find a strange assortment of vehicles waiting to take you to the hotel.
The calesa is the more aristocratic. It is a two-wheel gig with a folding top. The driver perches on a little seat above the strong Australian pony. This costs you one peso (fifty cents) an hour.
VIEW FROM THE NEW MANILA HOTEL. MONUMENT TO JOSE RIZAL