Congress votes for Carpenter

I have attached the bill passed by Congress in 1937 to pay Carpenter a retirement annuity. FWC House 1937

I’m not sure what has taken me so long to post this as it is one of the best sources for him.  Much information by him as well as supporting letters from Pershing, Harbord, Forbes, Harrison, etc. In his application to Congress he provides such insights as “From the beginning of my service in the Philippines in the expectation that the United Sates might withdraw from the islands, I consistently pursued the objective of developing competent, loyal native employees and officials according to American theory of good government and justice.”  See page 4.



Fellow Citizens001


The shooting of Michael Brown and the following protests in Ferguson, MO, and around the United States have brought to the forefront once again the notion of ‘community policing.’ Pres. Obama sends from the White House, “Recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and around the country have highlighted the importance of strong, collaborative relationships between local police and the communities they protect. As the nation has observed, trust between law enforcement agencies and the people they protect and serve is essential to the stability of our communities, the integrity of our criminal justice system, and the safe and effective delivery of policing services.” Obama has called for millions to be spent on police body cameras.

Having spent some years during my ministry in Cincinnati working on the ‘Collaborative Agreement’ I feel I have a bit of experience. Thanks to the hard work of Al Gerhardstein and other committed citizens, “Collaborative Agreement: This class action lawsuit against the City of Cincinnati resulted in a city-wide decree prohibiting racial profiling, established use of force reforms, established the Citizens Complaint Authority to review claims of police misconduct, established the Community Police Partnering Center to promote positive civic engagement with police, implemented community problem oriented policing, and assessed progress during the five year term of the decree under contract with RAND Corporation.” I contributed my mite to this work, serving on the Partnering Center’s PR Committee. While the use of cameras in patrol cars was part of the agreement, citizens working together with police were central. One person I served with was the president of the police union. Developing technical solutions to replace the hard work of interpersonal relations has been the eternal curse.

That’s why the photo of my father, Gov. Frank W. Carpenter, leads this blog posting, “COMMUNITY POLICING.” Perhaps the most detailed scholarly study of his work in Mindanao and Sulu is Peter Gordon Gowing’s, MANDATE IN MOROLAND. My favorite remark from him about my Father is, “He traveled incessantly throughout the Department on regular inspection trips. Everywhere he conferred with Moro datus, Pagan leaders, missionaries, Arab teachers, Filipino and American officials, military officers, Chinese traders, Japanese planters, newspaper men, foreign emissaries, and investors and speculators. … Governor Carpenter was his own best policeman. His tact, personality, integrity and sense of justice did more to preserve peace and order in the Department than any other factor.”

My Father’s label for this photo is, “A chat with my Mohammedan fellow citizens.” Community policing!

Deadly bomb blamed on MILF splinter

A bomb exploded at a pedestrian overpass near a school in the southern Philippines on Sunday, killing one person, wounding at least 16 others and raising concern that breakaway groups opposed to a peace deal are looking to destabilize the region.

Soldiers defused two other bombs near the scene of the first blast in the farming town of Kabacan in North Cotabato province, Police Senior Inspector Jarwin Castroberde said. Four of the victims were brought to a hospital in critical condition, according to Kabacan official David Saure. One later died, according to the local media.

Castroberde says investigators were trying to identify the attackers but the suspects include separatists opposed to a March peace deal between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the largest insurgent group in the south of the largely Roman Catholic nation.

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Reed Bank: South China Sea flashpoint

The Philippines is seeking to develop the seabed hydrocarbon resources of Reed Bank in the South China Sea, an area under dispute with China. Should Manila put plan to action, Beijing is likely to dispatch enforcement vessels to disrupt such activities. Given the deteriorating bilateral relationship, tensions between the two countries are in danger of escalating to the point of brinkmanship. Christopher Len, ATIMES,





Arlington National Cemetery


A child holds a bottle of water as he walks in the rain in the typhoon-devastated city of Tacloban, Philippines. Photograph: Francis R. Malasig/EPA

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 Walter Robb, Editor, Chamber of Commerce Journal, American Chamber of Commerce, Manila, P. I June, 1929.

 The monument to Arthur W. Fergusson, first American executive secretary, who was so much a part of the early civil regime; stands on Plaza Fergusson in Ermita. A plaque perpetuates the name of Taft, on Taft avenue, being erected at the junction of the avenue with calle Padre Burgos, and trees planted by Taft and Mrs. Taft are growing on the old Luneta, General Wood having caused them to be protected with iron railings. Dewey is remembered in the city’s most elegant boulevard, a thoroughfare which one day may unite the city he blockaded with the city where he raised the American flag aloft May 1, 1898-old Cavite.

One landmark in old Manila has an intimate connection with Arthur Fergusson, whose work would have been less conspicuously brilliant had he failed of learning the Spanish language. The place of his contact with Spaniards and Spanish-speaking friends, daily, year after year, is the Palma de Mallorca, a hostelry in yellow paint on calle Real, of course in old Manila. At a little round table here, among cronies of his genial kidney, Fergusson held forth daily-in an atmosphere as stimulating as that of an oldtime English coffeehouse. Among the habitués of the place, and a guest at the round table, was Fergusson’s assistant, who succeeded him as executive secretary, Frank W. Carpenter, Governor Forbes’s amanuensis, and real source of accurate information, in the preparation of his book on the Philippines.

 These reliable servants of the Philippine government owed their effectiveness to their acquisition of the language; and Carpenter did not stop with Spanish as a second mother-tongue, but mastered Tagalog too, if not several other dialects. This information is imparted for what it is worth; at least it shows that the educated American can become a versatile polyglot, when he wishes to, and make it pay. Men of the Fergusson and Carpenter type had a chivalry of their own making. All during his service in the government, Carpenter kept Box A, into which he tossed a copy of every document he handled (and they were thousands, of the most important) and notes of his own on special incidents and the character and conduct of men and officials-notes showing when they wobbled, when they failed to play the game, or maybe when they did play it magnificently the good and the bad together, all in the telltake Box A.

 This, altogether, was a priceless record, an exhaustless treasure for the historian and the novelist alike, and for the biographer. And what, in the end, did Frank Carpenter do with Box A? Upon leaving Manila, or somewhere upon his route home to Boston, he opened it up and destroyed, personally, so that he would know that it was done, every paper it contained! Some of the information was too devastating, and he concluded that the fairest way was to consign it all to limbo without discrimination. So, though there is much of history left in Manila, there is no Box A; and as a consequence, many a reputation, otherwise perilous, is secure of historical renown.

 The old-timers were about the last of the Victorians, not the early of Albert’s happy days, but the late, of the God-fearing widow-of that contemporary American period that doted upon Howells and started Teddy trust-busting. They had a certain code to which they held, a peculiar mixture of sin and saintliness that dated them with the period the internal-combustion engine put an end to. Such were the Americans who occupied Manila and stayed to found the new community. A toast to their pluck and their virtues. As to their vices, if such they had or have-for many are our neighbors still, and many seek nepenthe of Manila days in the homelandoverboard with Box A! If there are permanent American objects of history in Manila, they are mostly of their building. It is very hard to write even a little, reminiscently, without digressing to pay them deserved honor. The above was hastily prepared, hence its discursiveness, as an address to the Manila Sojourners’ Club, May 28.-Ed.;view=fulltext