Oriental Rampart

Last week the Philippine National Assembly sat in Manila and President of the Commonwealth Manuel Quezon lay ill in bed. His friends feared that his illness might be a return of tuberculosis. But the agile little President was not too ill last week to know what was going on. He knew how precariously balanced was the fate of the British Empire and the freedom of the vast sea across which the sprawling Philippines face Asia. He knew that if Japan, already groping south, reaches for the rich empire of the East Indies, the Philippines...

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