In seven months, the U.S. was pledged to knock the chocks from under the Philip pine ship of state and send it sliding into the treacherous sea of independence. War had holed the uncompleted hull. Hurriedly the Administration in Washington planned a patching job. Last week, while the tools and blueprints were still being got together, it sent Indiana's slightly dented political knight-errant, Paul V. McNutt, off to Manila as High Com missioner, to straw-boss the work.

Neither the islands nor the job were new to McNutt, but both had changed immeasurably...

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