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Permissu Superiorum.

Boston: Marlier, Callanan & Co. 1899.

Copyright, 1899, By Marlier, Callanan & Co.

C. J. Peters & Son, Typographers, Boston.


The following pages originally appeared as magazine articles. In both England and America the papers were favorably received; and as the public has not heard the last of the Friars in the Philippines, it seemed worth while to reproduce them in the more permanent form of a small volume, making such corrections and additions as might be deemed advisable. Whatever may be the shortcomings of the book, there is a real and pressing need for the information it contains, and this need must remain the excuse for its imperfections. A fair consideration of the facts it presents is confidently expected from a people whose love of justice is almost proverbial: Truth should have nothing to fear from Americans.

May 5, 1899.


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I. The Work of the Religious Orders in the Philippines 7 II. The Charges made against Them considered 37 III. The Rebellion Largely the Work of a Secret Organization 60 IV. The Rebels and Their Grievances 86 V. The Sectarian Missionary Movement 99 Postscript 116


I. A Short Account of Missions in China, conducted by the Dominican Friars of the Philippines 122 II. Extracts relating to the Friars, from the Official Correspondence of Generals Weyler and Moriones 124 III. The Work of Freemasonry in South and Central America 129 IV. Interview with Augustinian Friars 138 V. Letter from a Friar in the Power of the Rebels, to a Friend in Manila 145 VI. The Rev. Mr. Hykes on Burial Fees, and the Paco Cemetery outside Manila 149




A recent traveller designates the Philippines as the birthplace of typhoons, the home of earthquakes, epithets undoubtedly strong yet well deserved; and typhoons at certain seasons of the year, with earthquakes at uncertain periods, when taken together with the torrid heat, trying at all seasons, and the malaria fruitful of fevers, make these islands of the Eastern seas, which otherwise would be a veritable Paradise upon earth, an undesirable place of abode to the average European, unless, indeed, he is attracted thither by the greed of gain or by the nobler desire of missionary enterprise.

For Nature, bountiful there almost to prodigality, revelling in all the luxuriance of tropical vegetation, has always at hand, as a set off to her gifts, terrible manifestations of her power. The seventeenth century navigator, William Dampier, in his own quaint and amusing way, describes how the natives and the Spanish colonists of Manila strove to guard against the double danger of earthquakes and typhoons, and how they both failed ignominiously. The Spaniards built strong stone houses, but the earthquake made light of them, and shook them so violently that the terrified inmates would rush out of doors to save their lives; while the natives from their frail bamboo dwellings, which were perched on high poles, placidly contemplated their discomfiture. All that the earthquake meant to them was a gentle swaying from side to side. But the Spaniards had their turn when the fierce typhoon blew, against which their thick walls were proof... Continue reading book >>

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