Diary of Francis Burton Harrison

January 30-31 & February 1-2, 1936

Dull, uninteresting days, in spite of the tropical beauties of which Conrad and Maugham write. Quezon busy all the time selecting the judges for appointment to the new Court of Appeals. He is evidently bent on cleaning up the old government of which the moral fibre has softened in recent years. My having secured an interview with hm for Jaronilla was not a success (tho I knew he was not going to appoint him on account of Jaronilla’s weakness before Wood when he was his Attorney General). Quezon announces that the two judges (unnamed) who sought promotion from him personally had thereby disqualified themselves!! Quezon’s list of “clean-ups” since inauguration are on

(a) Rice imports

(b) Graft in sale of clipper stamps

(c) Oil leases

(d) Sevilla in United States punished as an oil share pusher

(e) Baguio cadets caught hazing dismissed –including Quezon’s own nephew

(f) Bandit suppression

(g) Attack on jueteng gambling and

(h) Dismissal of Judge Paredes –this unversally popular.

Jim Ross says that Quezon is being much more careful about women nowadays.

Trip with Doria and Florence Edwards February 1st to Tagaytay ridge –sensational view down on Lake Taal & the volcano –ideal site for bungalows for week-end.

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