Michael Dowling’s letters from the Philippines during President McKinley’s war with Aguinaldo. Michael Dowling’s plan to transform the schools of Manila and his bizarre interview with the “Sultan of Sulu”. M.J. Dowling had a plan to Transform Schools and Help Win the Philippine War. Why M.J. Dowling? Why the “Wooden Man?” With three artificial limbs and only a thumb, “Jack” Dowling might seem the most unlikely person to send across the Pacific Ocean, 8,000 miles around the world, into a dangerous war-zone on a special, one-man, government mission for the McKinley administration. Officially, he was sent to visit schools established by the Army and make recommendations for the anticipated change-over to civil supervision. But, what was all the SECRET “stuff” the Secretary of War wanted to know? And, What did Dowling discover to tell him? There was more to his mission than met the eye. Compiled & edited by Barry Prichard, paperback, 136 pages.