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tained from them, and the Americans despaired of reaching any peaceful settlement.
Doubtless the American commission will make a report at no distant day which will throw considerable light on the situation. As it is, its president, Doctor Schurman, has given to the public some interesting facts concerning the people of the islands, in which he points out the fact that the population is made up of many races. "Over sixty 1 liferent languages are spoken in the Archipelago, and, though the majority of the tribes are small, there are at least a dozen each having over a quarter of a million members. The languages of these people are as distinct from one another as French and Spanish or Italian, so that the speech of any one tribe is unintelligible to its neighbours." He also shows that there are various degrees of so-called civilisation and Christianity, which will require a long time of "the inspiration of American civilisation" to maintain its sovereignty. If the burden is heavier than was anticipated, it cannot well be laid aside.
the end.the end.