The postal service was a joke. Now it reaches nearly every town and village and there is even a rural delivery. The parcel post system here is excellent. Packages may be sent C. O. D. and, if the merchanta s consent is attached, the contents can be looked over before the money is paid. The postal officials collect the money and return it to the sender. The postal savings bank was in operation here before we had it over on our side. The telegraph, cable, telephone and wireless systems are marvels, a network of communication to the far corners.
The coast line of the Philippines is greater than that of the United States (not including Alaska) and about nine-tenths of the people live within sight of the sea. We have charted more than half the coast line, installed 150 lights and encouraged the operation of many steamer lines.
Before the Stars and Stripes went up, the Filipinos had absolutely no part in the Government. The Spaniards were
THE FILIPINO ADMINISTRATION BUILDING, MANILA.