A frail little man, a Spanish mestizo with burning eyes and a sharp tongue, lay seriously ill in his suite at Washington's Shoreham Hotel. Philippine President Manuel Quezon waited word of his future.

Downtown in the refurbished red brick mansion which houses the Philippine Government in Exile, another man, a Chinese mestizo with inscrutable eyes and cautious tongue, also waited—Sergio Osmeña, Vice President of the Philippines, successor to Manuel Quezon under the Philippine Constitution.

Then Congress and Franklin Roosevelt put the Philippine Constitution in suspended animation, decreed that Manuel Quezon should continue as Philippine President until the Jap is driven from...

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