crystallizes into sugar.
Then it is packed in palm-leaf bags tied with rattan. This is called a mat sugar.a
Another old method, borrowed from the Chinese, consists of boiling the cane juice down to a heavy mass which is poured into big earthenware jars called pilous.
The pilon has a hole in the bottom, like a flower pot, through which the molasses drips.
The Payne tariff bill started the sugar planter of the Visayas on the up hill. He was able to pay his debts and higher wages with the increased price of sugar, and to import many carabaos. In facing the matter of free sugara freight is expensive from here to the worlda s great markets; on the other hand, labor is cheap and much cane is grown without fertilization.
In coasting the Visayas, the travelera s attention is often called to watch-towers on the shores, reminders of those turbulent years when piratical Moro fleets infested these waters. The bloodthirsty Mohammedans swooped down on the peaceful Visayans, carrying them off to slavery in Mindanao and Jolo.
Sailing in a roundabout way from the island of Negros to Cebu, we passed Leyte and Samar to the east, with little Mas-bate to the north. All these islands are rich agriculturally.
And now we come to Cebu, second city of the Philippines on the island of the same name. Cebu is the oldest European settlement in the Islandsa the place where Magellan landed.