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JUNE 4, 1903.
GIVE US PUBUCITY
If It is Good Applied to Trusts, Why Not
if Applied to tho Philippines , Asks
Herbert S. Bigelow
Cincinnati, May 31. "Suppression
of Facts in the Philippines" was th3
subject of a discourse at the Vine
Street Congregational church, by tha
pastor, Mr. Herbert S. Bigelow. Mr.
Bigelow announced for his text:
"Men loved darkness rather than
light, because their deeds were evil."
John III. 19.
Mr. Bigelow said in part:
If some one made the chargi
against the treasurer of your city that
his accounts were dishonest and that
the treasury was being plundered,
what would this official do?
If he knew he was Innocent he
would welcome and demand a thor
ough Investigation, as a protection
against false accusayons.
But if such an investigation were
proposed, and he and his friends re
sisted it, what would you say? Yon
would say, "That looks suspicious."
You would say to him, "You must not
complain, if we interpret your action
as a virtual confession of guilt"
That is the situation in the Philip
pines. Charges have been made by
reputable citizens, of frightful cruel-
ties in the Philippines. At first these
charges were laughed at, and those
who made them were ridiculed anJ
abused. But evidence accumulated
' and an investigation was forced.
This investigation proved, so that
no one will dispute it now, that tor
ture has been employed, and that the
charges were true, which at first were
so stoutly denied. . : . - .
.But this ' investigation was not
-strenuously conducted. It was con
ducted by a senate committee. The
administration had a majority on that
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HERBERT S. BIGELOW.
committee. By a strict party vote the
committee decided to discontinue the
investigation, when there were scpre3
of important witnesses waiting to give
By the same party vote this com
mittee voted down a motion to make
public the court-martial proceedings
in the cases that have already beeu
In accordance with this same pol
icy of suppression, General Miles' re
port was' kept secret for a long time,
and only a part of that report has as
yet been vouchsafed to the public.
whv may not the American people
know all that General Miles reported
the conduct of the war
and the condition of the people in
Why may we not have access to
thp renorts of the trials and investi
gations that have .been made in the
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a party vote stop before its work was
Why may we not have a commis
Sinn marlfl no of men who will hon
estly try and make known, the whole
truth? Why may not that commis
sion be sent to the Philippines, and
take testimony on the spot where
these cruelties occurred?
Tin these men love darkness be
cause their deeds are evil? Are they
afraid of the truth?
The president has promised us, re
peatedly, that a thorough investiga
tion would be made and offenders
brought to justice.
With all due respect to the prcsi
dent, I think the facts show that, as
yet, his promises have not been re
Take the case of Lieut. Preston
Brown. A court-martial found him
miiitv of killinc an unarmed, unresist
Ing native Filipino, who was a pris
oner of war in his" charge, lie was
sentenced to five years' hard labor
and was dismissed from the serviee.
What community would not be out
raged if a civil court were to punish
murder by so light a sentence!, net
the president seems to nave iaougu
fiv Years labor too strenuous punish
ment for murder when committed by
an army officer. For the president
commuted that sentence to a slight
reduction in rank and a nine months'
vacation on half pay,.
Another case which puts a strain
on our faith In the president's stren
uousness in these matters, 13 that of
two native mayors who were whippel
to death, in Iaoag. The details oi
this atrocity are shocking to read,
and we need not wonder that thos'j
terrible beatings, brought tears to the
eyes of some of the soldiers who wit
nessed them. The officer responsi
ble for these outrages is Robert JU
Howze. Has he ever been called tn
account? Why not take the testi
mony of the village doctor fwho
dressed the wounds of these-unfor-
tunate victims? Instead of asking
Howze to explain the matter, or al
lowing an ex parte court to hush tho
matter up,' why not have a commit
tee of well known citizens to take
the testimony of eye witnesses; why
not conduct this investigation in day
light, and -allow the presence of at
torneys to cross examine witnesses?
This would be an excellent opportun
ity for the president to display those
strenuous qualities which he so fre
quently lauds. But we are told that
this same Howze Is a friend of the
president and that the favor of thJ
president has secured him an ap
pointment as major in the Porto
Rican regiment. I think something
other than shoulder straps should lie
given the man who is guilty of beat
ing to death helpless prisoners.
Then there is the case of Richter,
an-American soldier who was given
the "water-cure" until he died. The
officer who commanded the tortura
which resulted in his death wrote the
boy's mothef that he died of bron
chitis. When the mother sought in
formation at the war department, they
told her that her son died oi appen
liritis. At .last, she learned the truth,
that her son was tortured to death
by his own officer and fellow soldiers.
A mysterious military trial was con
ducted in which the officer, for some
unknown reason, was acquitted. The
mother has made a personal appeal
to the president asking that this case
be opened and thorougniy investi
gated. Her netition has been ignored.
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But I have not yet spoKen oi uie
most astonishing proof of bad laitn on
the part of our public servants. There
are in existence sworn staremems . oi
witnesses which Senator Lodge's
committee did not "have time" to in
vestigate, which statements give the
most explicit testimony concerning
the cold-blooded shooting of prison
ers at the battle Caloocan. The war
department did essay to investigate
these charges. The military judge,
who was commissioned to begin the
investigation by trying a soldier by
the name of Putnam, wrote:
"If Dut on trial, it is probable that
acts would develop implicating many
others. I doubt the propriety of his
General Otis indorsed this letter
ana the war department dropped the
matter. If there wa3 any nonest in
tention to expose abuses and punish
offenders, that letter, confessing that
many others were implicated, would
have been the best possible reason ior
pursuing the case. So the war de
nnrtmpint nermitted one rascal to go
unpunished for fear that others might
bo- discovered. It too many were un
covered the fault, would lie, not with
individual offenders, but with the
managers of tke war. But It is prob
ably expecting too much of human
nature that ; the war department
should put itself on trial.
As. an American citizen you and I
have a right to the fall text of Gen
eral Miles' report We have a rlghc
to a copy of the reports of all the
courts-martial up to date. My earn
pst advirp. is that everv friend of lib
erty write at once to Secretary Root
and President Roosevelt, not begging
as subjects, but demanding as citi
zp.ns. that this information be fur
nished us, and further, that the cases
referred -to' above be reopened and in
vestigated by such men, and under
such conditions, that there can be no
reason to doubt the good faith of tho
For the above facts I have relied on
statements of the Springfield Repub
lican, the New York Evening Post,
Mr. Moorefield Story of Boston, and
Mr. Herbert Welsh of Philadelphia.
These statements may be in error. But
I should believe them, although every
official in Washington denied them, if
their denials were not accompanieJ
by a complete publication of all the
evidence in the possession or tne gov
prnment. Has not the president urged
publicity for the trusts? Will he deny
us publicity for the war department?
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Our subscriber and single tax-direct
legislationist friend, Dr. Wm. N. Hill
of Baltimore, Md., seems to be arous
ing some interest in his home city in
behalf of better government The fol
lowing, from the Baltimore American,
preceding , the recent city election
there, is self-explanatory:
Tha Twentieth Century club had Its
monthly dinner at the Hotel Lexing
ton last evening. The president, Dr.
Wm. N. Hill, made an address ex
plaining the club's connection with
the unaffiliated voters' union. He said
"The nucleus of this club w&3
formed of believers in direct legisla
tion who had taken part in the union
reform movement, whose canaiaaie
for governor I was at the last elec
tion. After the adjournment of tne
last legislature it was found that one
of the provisions of the new primary
AierHnn law reauired every signer to
a petition for independent nomina
tions to make an amaavit to vote ior
the nominees at the general election.
No such requirement was rouna to on
necessary with those wno aeciarea
their nartv affiliations, which means
that all who called themselves demo
crats or republicans when register
ing were morally and legally aDsoivea
from any obligation to vote for the
nominees of the primaries.
This state of the law was held to be
nniust bv manv union reformers, as
it practically prevented independent
nominations without greatly added
expense and trouble to what was the
previous custom. To these indepen
dents it appeared, also, that the se
crecy of their ballot was. taken away
hv the reauired oath. A number of
meetings were held. last summer and
fall at. which the speakers roundly
denounced the new primary election
law. All this culminated in a con
certed movement to induce citizens to
refrain from stating their party al
legiance. Letters were written to tho
papers, meetings held, and finally the
unaffiliated voters' union was organ
ized by Mr. Frank Sheridan. The re
sult of the registration showing near
ly 15,000 unaffiliated voters was in a
considerable measure due to this agi
tation, which has in some form or
other gone on for twelve months. Its
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the city, and the independent unaf
filiated voters holding the balance of
power in every political subdivision.
The majority of those who first led
the agitation for nonaffiliation have
changed their minds,- especially with
in the last two months. It is becom
ing apparent that the people will
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those who believe that in the not dis
tant future the peonle will really rule
is plain. They are logically com
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