"Granting freedom to the Philippines would require legislation by Congress, and is a matter to be carefully considered," said William Cameron Forbes '92, governor-general of the Philippines from 1909 to 1913 in regard to the petition of representatives of the Islands that independence be granted, and Secretary Baker's statement yesterday that President Wilson was in favor of such action. He was interviewed on the subject at his home late last night.
"Congress is in no frame of mind to take action on this bill at the present time," continued Mr. Forbes, "and I very much doubt as to its action on the matter. I know, however, that Congress will give the bill due consideration."
Mr. Forbes said that he had not yet read the article published in yesterday evening's paper in detail and was therefore unable to give his full opinion on the subject.