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of Sleight-of-hand tricks and shadow moving pictures. These shadowgraphs were made by paper figures moved by his clever fingers between a lamp and a white curtain. Their novelty and his skill were the subject of village talk which magnified them as it repeated the stories until the boy came to be envolved in a sort of mystery. As he became more than a local hero, these tales spread thru the archipelago abreast with his growing reputation and were doubtless the foundation for the belief in his miraculous powers which existed the illiterate of his countrymen.

In two years at the Binan Latin school where he lived in the home of an aunt, he got beyond the old schoolmaster, Florentino Aquin Cruz, and returned to Kalamba to wait till he was old enough to go to Manila. After a few weeks in the public School under a Lucas Padua, who had been a student in the Jesuit Normal School, José rested for a while from studying. His unfavorable opinion of the public school and its methods are very apparent however, from frequent references in his writings.

His brother Paciano had been studying philosophy in San José College but really had been more interested in the stirring political matters of the day so that it was considered better for José, when he went to Manila, to not go with elder brother.

He lived with the keeper of a sinimay store in which his mother was a partner thru furnishing the capital, and seems first to have been examined in San Juan de Letran College but not to have attended there. This was in June, 1871, and of the rest of that school year there is no record, but college mates say that once in Spain he spoke of having been in the Jesuit Normal and laughed over the recollection of his struggles with Spanish. His Ateneo record shows credit for arithmetic but evidently given for examination on entrance, which was June 15, 1872, and learning Spanish would certainly have been enough work for one year.

The first year inManila was important in Dr. Rizal's education tho the knowledge was not gained in school. On January 20, 1872, the liberal ideas that had been rapidly gaining in the Philippines received a terrible set-back thru an insurrection inCavite which was

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