October 21, 1936

Dinner dance at Malacañan for the passengers of the first Pan American Clipper--including Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, the son of a father and mother who had been my childhood friends. The evening was excessively dull. At his office with the President I told him that one very important feature of the Commonwealth had been the improvement..

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October 19, 1936

State banquet at Malacañan for Lord Rothermere--I doubt whether Quezon understands how to appraise correctly Lord Rothermere's position in England. The old man made a good show and a witty speech. In his address of welcome, the President made me nervous. He was skating on thin ice, but with his usual skill managed to avoid..

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October 18, 1936

Saw Arthur Fischer, Director of Forestry, who described his visit with Quezon yesterday to the Bureau of Science to inaugurate the new totaquina (quinine) factory for the Philippines. Said he had been obliged to fight like a demon to make Director Arguelles co-operate. He also said Quezon's administration was "patch-work"--i.e., empirical--that the President seemed to..

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October 17, 1936

Went with Don Vicente Singson to Malacañan to see Quezon in order to urge a modification of the sales tax law in order to impose only one incidence if the goods are sold in the proposed new produce exchange;--this referred to agricultural products only. Singson did the talking--an excellent statement for about ten minutes. Quezon..

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October 8, 1936

Called up Quezon on the telephone to thank him for his message; he was evidently tired and coughing a good deal; he said the law naturalizing me would pass unanimously as it had passed the caucus--he would not have submitted it otherwise. I told him I took it very seriously--he said he knew that.

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October 5-8, 1936

The morning papers carried a handsome message from Quezon to the Assembly in the following words: the President's message says: Former Governor General Francis Burton Harrison has expressed to me his desire to become a Filipino Citizen. It appears, however, that under the present Naturalization Law he lacks the required residence to acquire Filipino citizenship...

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