Title: The Far East and the new America; a picturesque and historic account of these lands and peoples, with the following special articles: China
Year: 1901 (1900s)
Authors: Browne, George Waldo, 1851-1930
Publisher: Boston : D. Estes
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: Internet Archive
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OLl> LANXON ON M:A-WA7,L AT MANILA. 240 THE FAR EAST. princes, the Children of the Sun, or the heterogeneous races of the FarEast. The conversion of the natives to tlie religious doctrines of the CatholicChurch was the paramount object of Philip 11. in sending the Legaspiexpedition to the Philippines. Accordingly, a faithful leader in the sacredcause, who had been in Mexico, named Urdanate, and half a dozen Aiigus-tinian friars, were the pioneers of religious teachers in the Archipelago.These Aiigiistinians were soon followed by the representatives of otlierorders, Dommicans, Franciscans, and the Recoletos, or barefooted monks.No doubt, these religious fathers, while often resorting to methods peculiarly
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lilVEU SCENE NEAR ILOILO. <;rude and often governed by anything but a Christian spirit, did con-siderable good in lifting iip the moral standard of the benighted races. On the other hand, Ixjund together in the bonds of a united brotherhood,when this clerical corporation undertook to meddle in the affairs of gov-•errunent, serious struggles began, which have existed as long as SpanishTule in the islands. Ecclesiastical authority was claimed by the priesthoodto be superior to civil government, and so intense became the contentionbetween the rival factions that an appeal was made to the king. This Ijrought aljout the first real action of the king in regard to theconduct of affairs of the colony. This decree, framed to placate as far aspossible the ill-feeling between the two powers, provided that a cathedralshould be erected at Manila, and that forty Augustinian friars should beadded to the clerical force, while the wandering mendicants, who had beencausing considerable disturbance
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