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and other indications that then, as he said later, "the free peoples interested him most."

The affectation and love of display of some of his countrymen disgusted him and at the same time convinced him of a theory he later declared in regard to race prejudice. This same disgust, he reasoned, is felt toward the ostentatious new-rich and the braggart self-made man, only these when they come to their senses are no longer distinguishable from the rest of the world while the man of color must suffer for the foolishness of his fellows. So he who by nature was little inclined to be self-conceited, boasting or loud came to be even more unaffected, simpler in dress and reposeful in manner as he tried to make himself as different as possible from a type he detested. Yet this was at no sacrifice of dignity but rather brought out more strongly his voice of character. His many and close friendships with all who knew him, and- that his most intimate friends were of the white race, (one of his Spanish jailers even asked to be relieved of his charge because the associa tion was making him too fond of his prisoner) seem to show that Dr. Rizal's theory was right.

One day, after an association aimed to help the Philippines had gone to pieces because no one seemed willing to do anything unless he were sure of all the glory, some of the students met in an effort to revive it. The effort was not successful and then Rizal proposed all joining in a book, illustrated by Filipino artists, to tell Spain about the real Philippines. The plan was enthusiastically received but tho there was eagerness to write about the "The Filipina Woman" the other subjects were neglected. Rizal was disappointed and dropped the subject. Then he came across, in a second-hand bookstore, a French copy of "The Wandering Jew" and bought it to get practice in reading the language. The book affected him powerfully and he realized what an aid to the Philippines such a way of revealing its wrongs would be, but he dreaded the appearance of self-conceit in announcing that he was going to write a book like Eugene Sue's. So he said nothing to any one, yet the idea of writing Noli Me Tangere was constantly in his

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