126 THF. INHABITANTS OF THE PHILIPPINES
the lives of men were at the mercy of a mob of negroes, he omitted some legal technicality before hanging one of the cowardly instigators.
However, I do not think America will go back on her sons like that.
Great Britain has produced some men who could have taken up the burden of the Philippines. It happens that the three I shall cite were all soldiers, but their extraordinary magnetic qualities by no means proceeded from their profession.
The God-like man who died at Delhi, the beloved of John Lawrence, would have made an ideal ruler : the people would have worshipped him.
The hero who died at Khartoum could have ruled the Philippines, or any Asiatic or African country, and the people would have loved him.
To quote one who is still with us, Lord Cromer has coped with difficulties of a different kind, yet, perhaps, as great as those of the Philippines, and in a few years has changed the face of the land of Pharaoh, and lightened the lot of millions. This has been done by the assistance of a few engineers, administrators, judges and soldiers. He and all of them have displayed the most unfailing tact and patience, indomitable courage and fortitude, and each has-put honour and duty before all. Men like John Nicholson, Charles Gordon and Evelyn Baring, are rare, but their peers doubtless exist amongst Americans of the good old colonial stock, and it is the President's business to find' them, and send them out to protect and govern America's great dependency.
America has, I suppose, taken these islands from SpainA to save them from the ruthless * Teuton, and to show the world that she can do for the Philippines what we have done for Egypt. Unfortunately, she began wrong by treating with Spain, and buying the islands, as if the natives were cattle on a ranch.
Then the Peace Committee went wrong over the estates* of the Religious Orders, as before explained.
In my opinion, the form of government should be a protectorate, varying in character with the civilisation of the different islands, the executive functions being in the hands of the natives whenever possible, but under inspectionA
* I think, in view of the German atrocities in Africa, including, many cases of flogging women, that this epithet is well earned.* I think, in view of the German atrocities in Africa, including, many cases of flogging women, that this epithet is well earned.