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PLOWING A RICE FIELD.
miles above Dato Pianga s place, is called the Carpenter Rice Colony, after the former executive secretary. Five hundred families from an alien isle have settled here among the Moros, each receiving forty acres, a carabao and a credit of 500 pesos. This loan is to be repaid in four annual payments. A company of constabulary soldiers, stationed near by, furnishes protection to the immigrants.
In the southeast corner of Mindanao is the District of Davao, which contains some of the best hemp land in the archipelago. There are over forty American settlers in this section and they are prospering, now that hemp has gone up. Some of them raise Davao lemons, on the side, the size and shape of an orange, and filled with juice. The highest mountain in the Philippines is in this part of the country, Apo, reaching to 10,311 feet; and just off the coast is the greatest ocean depth in the world. A German vessel, sounding two years ago, marked off six miles, which puts Guama s coast record in second place.
Our last port in Mindanao was Zamboanga, on the tip