Diary of Francis Burton Harrison

November 24, 1935

General MacIntyre called to say good-bye. I asked him whether I should stay on here, and he expressed approval. Said they had gotten started so well it would be a pity if they made a mistake, and I might be able to advise. He announced he would retire as Trade Commissioner in Washington, after a few months, but did not wish to stay on here, and was leaving on the Empress this p.m. Remarked that trade relations between the United States and the Philippines might be improved over the provisions of the present Tydings-McDuffie Act, but only if prosperity returned to the United States. Said at present there is always somebody about in Congress to be nasty. Lobbyists are everywhere in evidence. The Farmer’s Union is rather like Trade Unions –Chester Gray, their lobbyist is consulted by Congress in everything they do concerning agriculture. Recalled how Woodrow Wilson had driven out all the lobbyists –“it was funny how they all fled for cover.” Said he was going to lunch with Quezon to say good-bye.

11 a.m. Saw Quezon make his official call on High Commissioner Murphy at the Manila Hotel. Four skeleton companies of the 31st Infantry U.S.A. (only American regiment left in the Philippines) paraded. Quezon’s car was accompanied by three motor cycle cops –19 guns fired.