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The Philippine 'Islands.
Pray for all those who died alone, betrayed, in wretchedness. For those who suffered for thy sake torments and misery, For our poor, loving mothers' hearts,
who weep in bitterness, For widows, tortured captives, orphans in deep distress, And pray for thy dear self that thou may'st finally be free.
And when dark night enshrouds in gloom the silent cemetery, When but the lonely dead are left watching by the sea, Disturb not their repose, nor dispel the mystery,
Perchance then shalt thou hear cithern or psaltery Well tuned, 'tis I, O my dear country, 'tis I singing to thee.
And when the memory of my grave has faded from the mind, When my tomb bears nor cross nor stone to mark where I lie dead, Plough o'er the spot, turn up the earth,
and scatter to the wind My ashes ere they return to naught ; let them go unconfined To form thy rolling meadows and thy flower-covered glade.
No matter then, if all forget, still, still
shall I be near^ Still shall I breathe thy od'rous airr still wander in thy ways. And dwell in space, a thrilling note loud
sounding in thine ear ; I shall be perfume, light and shade, sound, color, refrain clear, Telling forever of my faith and singing thy dear praise.
Farewell, adored country ! I leave my all with thee, Beloved Filipinas, whose soil my feet have trod, I leave with thee my life's love deep. I
go where all are free, I go where are no tortures, where th oppressor's power shall be Destroyed, where faith kills not, where He who reigns is God.
Farewell, my parents, brothers, friends of my infancy, Dear fragments of my heart, once to my bosom pressed Round our lost hearth. Give thanks to
God in glad tranquillity That after day's long, weary hours I sleep eternally. Farewell lov'd beings, stranger sweet;, to die is but to rest.
AGUINALDO CONFERS WITH ADMIRAL DEWEY.
It was in December, 1897, that hostilities in the Philippines, between the Spaniards and the rebels, ceased. Just before the recent Hispano-American war began, Aguinaldo was in Singapore, where, it is said, he entered into secret political relations with Admiral Dewey, who was then at Hong-Kong. The Spaniards having broken the conditions of the pact, Aguinaldo, of course, was at perfect liberty to renew his attempts against his old enemy.
As a result of these negotiations with the Admiral, the rebel leader offered to co-operate with the Americans in their occupation of Manila, by assailing the capital with his forces on land ; he alsoAs a result of these negotiations with the Admiral, the rebel leader offered to co-operate with the Americans in their occupation of Manila, by assailing the capital with his forces on land ; he also