Are gun deaths inside the USA a fraction? Can a chart sum it up? TwainSubmitted by Mark Twain on Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:08
By John Hathaway, Portfolio Manager & Senior Managing Director
© Tocqueville Asset Management L.P., Jan 10, 2013
Seems current debates in the USA miss targets by a wide margin.
Editorial on Anti-Imperialism Philippines Strive for Independence, After the Spanish Are Fought Off The Islands.
Mr Christian Patriot & Mr Mark Twain ~ New York Times, Feb 9, 1901
A reader of The Times who signs himself "A Christian Patriot" says in a letter which we printed yesterday that our note of warning against the total untrustworthiness of Mr. Mark Twain's burlesque history of the Philippine transaction has prompted him to read Mr. Twain's article, and he likes it. "It speaks truth," he tells us, "and dispels the sophisms of Chamberlain, McKinley, and the rest."
... every Christian Patriot who was really seeking the truth would let neither business nor pleasure stop him from applying this test of the truthfulness of Twain. How dare any Christian Patriot declare that Twain "speaks truth" when by so simple a procedure as consulting the sources of the truth he would have been apprised of the indisputable fact that Twain speaks falsehood?
The handy compilations published in pamphlet form by the Philippine Information Society (to be obtained of L. K. Fuller, 13 Otis Place, Boston, Mass.) will furnish anybody facts enough to confound Twain. But it is better to consult the official War and Navy Department reports contained in the four volumes, Message and Documents, Abridgment, for 1898.
Take this statement from Twain's North American Review article:
On the 1st of May Dewey destroyed the Spanish fleet. This left the archipelago in the hands of its proper and rightful owners, the Filipino nation. Their army numbered 30,000 men, and they were competent to whip out or starve out the little Spanish garrison.
In his statement prepared for the Philippine Commission, (Report of the Philippine Commission, Vol. I., Page 171; quoted on Page 36 of the fourth pamphlet of the Philippine Information Society) Admiral Dewey said: "Upon the arrival of the squadron at Manila it was found that there was no insurrection to speak of, and it was accordingly decided to allow Aguinaldo to come to Cavite on board of the McCulloch. He arrived with thirteen of his staff. * * * He was allowed to land at Cavite and organize an army. This was done with the purpose of strengthening the United States forces and weakening those of the enemy. No alliance of any kind was entered into with Aguinaldo, nor was any promise of independence made then or at any other time." Gen. Wesley Merritt, who arrived at Manila on July 25, after Aguinaldo had been recruiting his army nearly three months, says (Message and Documents, Vol. III., p. 40) that the insurgent strength was "variously estimated and never accurately ascertained, but probably not far from 12,000 men." Twain says 30,000, eagerly accepting the guess of Mr. John Foreman. He says Dewey should have sailed away, leaving "the Filipino citizens to set up the form of Government they might prefer." Dewey says that at that time "there was no insurrection to speak of." Even on June 27, nearly two months after the destruction of the Spanish fleet, the Admiral cabled to the Navy Department: "I believe he [Aguinaldo] expects to capture Manila without my assistance, but doubt ability, they not yet having many guns."