The document transcribed below is the 1902 Annual Report of the Govenor of Batangas, Simeon M. Luz, to the Civil Governor of the Philippines, William Howard Taft. This report is extracted from Exhibit X of the Civil Governor’s Report which was included in the 1903 Report of the Philippine Commission1, and part of the Executive Secretary’s Report to the Civil Governor. Although the source document was in OCR-compliant PDF format, not all the text can be cut and pasted so had to be painstakingly typed, hence the use of the word “transcription.”
|American era Philippines. Image digitally extracted from the 1905 book "An Observer in the Philippines: Life in our New Possession."|
Batangas, June 25, 1902.
mit the payment of a reasonable salary to justices of the peace it would be advisable to divide the province into districts, each with a justice of the peace charged with the duty of trying all cases, criminal and civil, within his jurisdiction, arising in the municipalities forming part of his district, and of holding of preliminary examinations in those held over for trial in the court of first instance. The municipalities comprehended in each district would be called upon to pay pro rata the salary of the district justice and expenses of his court.
The honorable the CIVIL GOVERNOR OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS.
Notes and references:
1 “Fourth Annual Report of the Philippine Commission, 1903, In Three Parts, Part 1,” by the Bureau of Insular Affairs, War Department, published 1904 in Washington D.C. by the Government Printing Office.