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Professor Jacob G. Schurman, chairman of the Philippine Commission, discusses "Our Duty in the Philippines," in a recent issue of the Independent. He says there is great need of Protestant missionaries in the islands, the priests have ruled in Luzon so long that the natives know of no other religion. The archipelago was really governed by the priests instead of the Spanish civil or military commanders. He regrets that the saloons have been allowed to get a foothold in the islands, as they have already done much harm.

On account of recent laws passed by Congress which debar the Indians from leasing their lands for any purposes, every lessee of land in the Indian Territory will be compelled to leave the territory. It is estimated that since the exodus began, a few weeks ago, more than three thousand families have gone to Oklahoma. Congress will be asked to repeal the law, as there are several towns in the Indian Territory with a population of nearly ten thousand, which will dwindle to almost nothing if this new law is carried out.

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January 4, 1900

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