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Jose Rizal was a native of the island of Luzon of which Manila is the capital He was therefore a Malay with the brown complexion black eyes and straight black hair which are the physical characteristics of his race He graduated from the University of Madrid as doctor of medicine and philosophy He pursued his graduate studies in Paris Heidelberg Leipzig and Berlin Returning to his home in Manila he wrote and published a novel which excited the wrath of the government by its anti-Spanish sympathies and by its exposure of the corruptness of the church on the islands For the crime of telling what he believed to be the truth he was banished He came to the United States and from here he went to London where he devoted himself to further study About this time he produced another political novel He then settled as a practicing physician in Hong Kong From here he went to Borneo where it was his intention to found a colony of Filipinos In 1892 he returned to Manila presumably for the purpose of recruiting his colony He went at once to the home of his family leaving his baggage in the customhouse This baggage was opened and in it there were found certain pamphlets of an anti-Spanish character It has been charged that these pamphlets were smuggled into the baggage by some fanatical monks and that the type from which they had been printed were found still set up and in the possession of these monks However Rizal was banished a second time This time he was sent to the island of Dapitan where he was held a political prisoner under the close watch of Spanish guards While he was on this island and under the eyes of his guards another insurrection in the Philippines broke out Though for the last four years he had been a prisoner on a distant island
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