In Mindanao, Lake Lanao is one worthy of mention. It is at an altitude of 2,200 ft. and gives rise to the Agus River, which empties itself into Iligan Bay in the N. The regions bordering 011 the lake are exceedingly fertile. Towards the S. of the lake there rise several volcanoes.
Inhabitants. According to the census for 1903, the inhabitants of the Philippines numbered 7,635,426 (of these, 647,740 belonged to non-Christian tribes), while in 1914, the total was estimated at 8,937,597 (including 1,100,000 non-Christians). These later figures, when divided equally among about 115,000 sq. m., which make up the total area of the Islands, show the average population per square mile to be 77. Of the entire population, nearly one-half, that is about 4 millions, live in the island of Luzon. Manila, the capital, has a population of 266,943 (1914), including 5,474 Americans, 5,912 Spaniards and other Europeans, 16,657 Chinese, and 1,960 of other nationalities.
The inhabitants may be divided into the two classes of Negritos and people of Malay origin. The former are the descendants of the original inhabitants of the Archipelago, while the latter comprise the descendants of immigrants of Malay origin, with a slight admixture of Negrito, Mongolian, or Caucasian blood. Under the Spanish rA(c)gime, the inhabitants were divided for administrative purposes into the three classes of Christians, Heathens, and Mohammedans. But the American Government now divides them into the two classes of Christians and non-Christians. '1 he non-Christians are not by any means all savage tribes, there being some among them who are quite on the same level of civilization as the Christian tribes. The Christian tribes are all civilized and are known as Filipinos.
A Negrito Hot.