property, it was attacked by those who declared that these were public lands and could not be sold to a corporation, or, in large tracts, to an individual. There are no small tenants to whom this enormous tract can be sold and no big company wants less than 10,000 acres for sugar cane. Filipino politicians say that, if great American interests are allowed to come in, their Independence Day will never come. People taking the other side believe the Government should be allowed to sell the lands to those who will develop them. Others think that, if the a powers that bea in Washington will not permit the insular Government to dispose of the property in the only way it is salable, the United States of America should pay the interest on the $7,000,000, for which the Filipinos now are taxed.
At Alabang we passed a Government agricultural station where they are carrying on a crusade against rinderpest, the disease which killed off most of the carabaos some seasons ago. At that time the United States Government gave $3,000,000 to the Islands for the purchase of carabaos from Asia. The Philippine Government is now making a study of the disease to ward off future ravages.
The carabao, or water buffalo, is absolutely essential in the boggy rice fields, as the Filipinos will not do the manual work performed by the Japanese. The animals are very slow and
A CARABAO ENJOYING HIMSELF.