June 28, 1936

Sunday morning visit from Colin Hoskins. We agreed in disapproval of "nuisance taxes." There was talk of warehouses and rural credit facilities. I asked him: "what is the use of doing these things for people with whom it is a cardinal principle never to pay back." Very good talk in reply. Colin says sharp distinction..

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June 17, 1936

The message was excellent, and contained the following reference to agrarian reform: In the meantime, I recommend the adoption of measures similar to those which were adopted in Ireland to solve agrarian problems there existing from time immemorial. I also recommend the immediate passage of a law authorizing the expropriation of those portions of the..

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May 29, 1936

A. D. Williams at my office. A few days ago, he was called before the Cabinet to advise on new taxation. Quezon wants a transportation tax on all forms of travel. Cabinet members wish to devote the cedula tax to school purposes only, thus making it more popular. The President went today to Cabuyao, Nueva..

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May 21, 1936

Called on Dr. Victor Clark at the Manila Hotel; he is the new economic adviser to this government. He is employed by the Library of Congress of the United States. A great traveler and observer. He is well-balanced, but perhaps a little timid. Has been here before for several visits. He now advises the Filipinos..

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May 19, 1936

Three nice letters from Doria at Peking. She is thrilled by sight-seeing, but bored by all the "Main Street" personalities she meets. Papers carry a statement by Quezon that he has arranged with the High Commissioner for a preliminary trade conference after the election in Washington. Papers guess that (Speaker) Roxas and Alunan will be..

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March 15, 1936

Visit from Colin Hoskins--who said he was rather hurt that Quezon did not let him know before accepting his resignation as a director of the Philippine National Bank, but that he thought Quezon was right in Filipinizing it, and in excluding business men from the board, because "the more successful they had been, the more..

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March 12, 1936

Long talk with Prautch on credit for poor people in provinces. Quezon off to Baguio. Anderson and Clyde Dewitt at the hotel. Dewitt says Colin Hoskins is the only Democrat in Manila in favour of F. D. Roosevelt. Much talk about mines and mining and litigations depending thereon. Our dinner for General and Mrs. Smith,..

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March 11, 1936

At office. Hartendorp uneasy because his appointment is as "technical assistant," and not as "adviser"; fears he will be reduced to mere routine work, and is upset because he can't see Quezon. Told him I had been unable to see Quezon myself for three weeks. Appointments are out for the Boards of Directors of the..

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February 22, 1936

Holiday. An hour with Sam Gaches in his office where he told me at my request the whole story of the Mineral Resources Mining properties. Excellent and vivid 40 minutes talk by him on rediscovery of the ancient Chinese mines of 500-1,000 years ago in Camarines Norte. Gave all the difficulties of mining in that..

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