National Affairs: Opera Bouffe

Filipino politicos like the dramatic gesture; and if it be a bit strained or ridiculous on the occasion, it is no matter to them. At home, they have found that the open sesame to election and reelection, to political preferment and profit is to declare for Philippine independence above all things else. And if the declaration profits them little before the Secretary of War at Washington, they are not greatly put out.

Independence is a good thing, but it needs to be approached with circumspection, else in the capturing it yields and entirely...

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