THE PHILIPPINES: Commissioner Mike

A clerk at the U. S. War Department last week administered an oath of office to a short but not swart, buck-toothed Spaniard. Manuel Quezon, President of the Philippine Commonwealth, had picked last spring this new man to be Philippine Resident Commissioner at Washington, succeeding banjo-eyed Politician Quintin Paredes. The new man's name, Joaquin Miguel ("Mike") Elizalde, is virtually the Philippine equivalent of Harold S. ("Mike") Vanderbilt.

The Elizaldes are the islands' richest Spanish family. Commissioner "Mike," though born in Manila (1896), was schooled in Spain, served in the Spanish Army, still...

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