September 27, 1935

Arrived at Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong, ill. Newspaper man told us that Quezon was in the hotel incognito, having arrived from Manila without its being known beforehand he was leaving the Islands. Saw Quezon that evening in my room for 40 minutes and had a good talk about the elections. Said his majority was greater than the combined votes of his two opponents, that Aguinaldo had beaten him in Cavite and Aglipay had led in Ilocos Norte. Said that Aguinaldo was taking his defeat very badly and that there were murmurs of revolution and assassination. I recalled that I had told him sixteen years before that Aguinaldo was “a dangerous man.” Quezon said passionately “I will ——————–.” I said deportation, but he replied the Philippine Government has no such power except in case of foreigners. Quezon told me he wanted to have me on his staff in the Philippines as an economic or financial adviser. He looked worn and said he slipped away from Manila for a rest. I asked if he was worn out by office seekers, and he replied “No –by friends who wished to congratulate me.” His blood pressure had gone up from 140 t0 180, but was now down again. Suggested I should go on a trip to Peking with him but I soft pedaled. Then said he was returning to Manila that night and asked me to wait 6 days in Hong Kong and he would return –which he was, however, unable to do. He left the hotel (as described to me by a pressman who was waiting downstairs) with a body guard like a football wedge, Quezon flourishing a riding crop and refusing to be interviewed. Quezon told me later in Manila that a newspaperman had forced his way into his cabin on the steamer and Quezon had ordered him out. Result: rather disagreeable item in paper next morning. People in Manila and Hong Kong thought Quezon came over to see me, but our meeting was entirely due to chance. He expressed indignation over Malcolm’s book and refused to write a foreword for it; told me top hats were to be worn at his inauguration –turning the tables on those who made such a joke of our arrival together in top hats in 1913.

 

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