it is of later date. There are six narrow gates in the wall, but since the American occupation, several new breaches have been made, and within a few years the entire wall will probably be leveled and the moat filled in.
The city is practically divided into two parts, the official or walled city being built on the left bank of the Pasig River, while the commercial city is situated on the island of Binondo, which forms the right bank of the same river. The Escolta, the main business street, traverses this suburb, and in it most of the European stores and bazaars are to be found. The Rosario, another broad thoroughfare in Binondo, is occupied chiefly by Chinese shops, and is a busy quarter. San Miguel, Ertnita, and Paco are the aristocratic suburbs, being the seat of the residences of the wealthy merchants and other residents. Around the walls and the edge of the bay is a fashionable drive lined with palm trees, where the well-to-do inhabitants walk, drive, and meet their friends.
The city and its suburbs contain a population of 300,000, aud are the seat of a considerable and yearly increasing commerce. The principal articles of export are hemp, sugar, tobacco, cigars, coffee, and indigo; while of the imports, cotton goods form the chief item. The river presents a scene of great animation, being crowded with native craft, interspersed with vessels of foreign build.
The hot season commences in March and continues until July. The rains commence in August aud continue to December, during which time
Photo Squires, Bingham 6- Co. girl bathing.
Clarke's is bigger and better since you were here last. Same place, 2 Escolta.Clarke's is bigger and better since you were here last. Same place, 2 Escolta.