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dismissal of the charge. Once an appeal was taken because of the evident prejudice of the judge and when the order of the supreme court came down sustaining the charge of prejudice the judge imprisoned the defendants and their attorney for contempt of court. The supreme court upheld his position.

The rich man whose property was eaten up in litigation was Dr. Rizal's half-uncle, at one time the richest man in Biñan. He was a knight commander "de numero" of the American order of Isabel the Catholic and a knight of the order Carlos III, the first for loyalty and the second for charity, but both really bought to help him in his law suits.

Captain Tiago, the gobernadorcillo of the mestizos, had many points in common with Rizal's own maternal grandfather whose house in Calle Anloague is described in the book.

A relative, still living, who came to see the Doctor about her eyes during his short stay in Kalamba, asked if it was true that she was original of Doña victorina and her cousin answered, "The book is but a mirror; if you recognized your perfection it must be you".

The story was true and tho its reading was prohibited no book has ever circulated so widely in the Philippines or so influenced its people.

Rizal said he aimed to lift a little the veil which covered his country's ills, sacrificing all to truth, even pride-itself. He planned a series of ten volumes, one of which was to be pubished each year.

"Noli Me Tangere" has two English translations, "An Eagle's Flight" and "Friars and Filipinos", neither of which is complete, and "The vision of Friars Rodriguez" which Rizal wrote in answer to the attacks on the book has also been translated. A French edition and five Spanish editions have been published and parts have at various times been printed in a number of different languages. Until now no Tagalog translation has appeared but one of its, as well as of "El Filibusterismo," has recently been announced by the family to be in preparation.

In the summer of 1887 Dr. Rizal returned for some months to the Philippines.

Condition were favorable to his coming as many high in authority at that time were liberally inclined. The

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