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Reply to Jones

Excerpt from Reply to Jones: Replies to False Charges Contained in the Speeches Made by William A. Jones, of Virginia, in the House of Representatives January 28 and February 13, 1913 I resent the false charges made in the House of Representatives by Hon. William A. Jones, of Virginia, against me and against the American administration of the Philippine Islands. I resent them in my own behalf, in behalf of my associates, and in behalf of my predecessors in the Insular Government. I do not disparage honest criticism, but I submit to the American people that we who represent you here are entitled, at least, to justice and fairness from those who represent you in Congress. Mr. Jones is chairman of the Committee on Insular Affairs of the House of Representatives, and author of a bill intended to withdraw American control from the Philippine Islands. However I may differ with Mr. Jones as to the wisdom and propriety of terminating in the near future our national guardianship of the Filipinos, I do not question his right to express and support his opinion. I concede that he may properly urge, if he so believes, that the Filipinos, unaided, could and would maintain a better government than is now given them, provided he fairly reports the present government; but I insist that he may not pervert the facts nor say what is false; that he may not, in malice or in disregard, slander me or any other American official to support his contention. A Member of Congress has great power to harm the reputation of others; his high office gives weight to his statements and insures publicity to his accusations; he is exempt under the Constitution from liability, except to Congress itself, for any calumny that he may choose to pronounce in speech or debate; the courts are not available for redress to those whom he may slander; his statements are circulated and preserved in the Congressional Record. Mr. Jones, in addition to this capacity for injury, had the prestige of his position as chairman of the committee especially concerned with the Philippine Islands; it would naturally be presumed that he spoke with knowledge of Philippine affairs. We whom he attacked were on the other side of the world, where his charges could not even reach us for a month or more, and our denials could in no way be heard until long after the charges had been made. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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