Killing Christian soldiers continued to be a popular Sulu pastime. It was not until 1878 that Spain at last succeeded in securing a protectorate over the islands, paying annual tribute to the Sultan and his leading Datos. Even then some Moros not on the salary list kept on with the fireworks and the citya s gates were closed for months at a time.
Moslems have a very unpleasant habit of going juramen-tado. The British call it a running amuck,a in their Mohammedan colonies. A man gets all worked up about something, makes an oath to kill a Christian and cuts up every foreigner in sight. A Spanish general lost twelve men by this form of attack.
a Go up to the Sultana s house,a he commanded, a and shoot it up!a The soldiers obeyed. This brought the Sultan to the fort in a rush.
a General! General!a he cried. a Your men are shooting into my house!a
a Cana t help it,a replied the General. a Theya ve all gone j ur ament ad 0!a
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