October 11, 1913
Not alone to the tens of thousands who surged about the grandstand on the Luneta last Monday, but to every Filipino in every island the archipelago, from Tawi-tawi to the Batanes Islands, was the message governor General Harrison delivered.
Mr. Harrison told the country that he had come to inaugurate a new era. Step by step the Democratic administration will prepare the Philippines for the independence which is to come, and the first step taken is to be the giving of a Filipino majority on the appointive commission.
This is President Wilson’s decision, and it means the placing in Filipino hands of the legislative powers of government.
Thus, in a sense more complete than ever before, the Filipino people is on trial. The Great Experiment has moved forward a step. The issue will be awaited with extraordinary interest.