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YOUNG PEOPLE's MISSIONARY MOVEMENT
OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA

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Copyright, 1899, by HARPER & BROTHERS.

All rights reserved,

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To THE MEMORY OF MY FATHER,

THE REVEREND GEORGE W. PEPPER.

My profession as a newspaper correspondent took me to Cuba in the spring of 1897. With the exception of a short intermission passed with the American army and navy outside the island, it kept me there in the midst of the events shaping the destiny of the Antilles. Impressions of these events as they appeared to me were published in various journals. They were recorded from time to time as they were caught up at the moment. In the new responsibilities that have come to the American people in the border tropics, exact information is above all things desirable. At the end of more than two years it has seemed to me possible to give information with perhaps more confidence than in the beginning. What is set forth in these pages is not for the purpose of supporting preconceived opinions or of defending any special policy. While the author's views are stated, it has been his aim to set forth the facts on which these views are based. Some persons, doubtless, will reach different conclusions. Whatever opinions may be developed, it is important to know that the problems of Cuba cannot be settled from without. On the surface are the political questions; but deeper than these lie the social and economic problems. It has

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