Story of Jose Rizal by Austin Craig

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The Story of Jose
Austin Craig

Rlzal

Chinsegut Hill

University of Florida Libraries

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written

home and

by Dr. Rizal

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The study

of the life and character
cannot but be beneficial
desirous of imitating: him.

of Dr, Rizal

to

those

—President

PHII.IPPINTK

Wm.

H. T^ff,

MANILA
KDUCATION PUBLltaHlKO
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These pages aim
the principal

of
Spanish time a
to

to

summarise

figure
letter

in

NOTE
the

interest in

him meant

and

suspicion.

fully destroyed everything relating

circumstances
variations

it is

from

events in the life

During

mentioning Dr. Bical was sufficient

cause deportation of both zvriter

any

main

Philippine history.

receiver,

Even

him.

to

and

to

Under such

quite natural that there should he

the

popidar version of his

show

his family care-

many

life in this first

authentic hiography.

The statements are based on lahorions researches in government and church records, extensive inquiries among relatives, associates and confemjwraries, and a careful study of the
considerable Kizal literature, but achiowltdgment of those
obligations must Jje deferred till the puhlication of the larger worlc.
Here ii is possible only to express gratitude for the
enthusiastic interest shown by the Filipinos, and appreciation ,

of the courtesy of the Spaniards, uniformly experienced
during the five years i^i ivliich this study has been in
indgrcss.

I^HIUPflNK KDUCifVXION PUBLISH ^fC* COMPANY
KBCJISTERED IN THE PHILIPPINES ISLANI>S
I

(Txi'/Jif

of Tranxhifiori lifiicrved .)

Press of Methodist Publishing House, Manila.

EN

The Story

of ^Jose Rizae

^J OSE RIZAL,

the martyr- hero of the Philippines,
on the southwest shore of
the picturesque laguna of Bay, in Luzon, June 19, 18G1.
His father's family began in the Philippines with a
Chinaman named Lam co who came from the Amoy
district to Manila possibly because of the political troubles which followed the conquest of his country by the Manchu invaders. It was in 1697 that this ancestor, whose Christian name was Domingo, was baptized in the Parian

church of San Gabriel.
»

was born

At

first

in Kiilamba,

a merchant, he finally

made up

his

mind

to

stay in these Islands, and turned farmer to escape the
bitter anti Chinese prejudice which then existed in Manila.
Rftther late in life he married the daughter of a countryman who was a dealer in rice and moved into La Laguna province to become a tenant on the Dominican Friars'
estate at Biiian.
His son. Francisco Mercado y Chinco, apparently owed
his surname to the Chinese custom of looking to the appropriateness of the meaning. Sangley, the name thruout all the Philippines for Chinamen signifies "travelling trader" and in the shop Spanish cf the Islands "mercado"

was used for trader. So Lamco evidently intended that
his descendants should stop travelling but not cease being
traders.

Francisco Mercado was a name held in high honor in
La Laguna for it had belonged to a famous sea captain
who had been given the encomienda of Bay for his services and had there won the regard of those who paid tribute to him by his fairness and interest in their welfare. Francisco's son was Captain Juan Mercado y Monica

and he took...
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