training the rooster than he does his family. Often the meager savings of two or three years are placed on the chicken when his day comes to fight. If he loses, the owner invariably takes his loss without a grumble, and the former pet and pride of the family goes into the pot for the evening meal.
Although some good cocks are raised in the Islands, as a rule "any old barnyard fowl" is picked up and trained for battle. The fight is usually to the death. After the birds are matched and the money is put up,
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each bird is armed with a gaflf about inches in length, and as keen
as a razor. Often a bird is struck dead on the first fly. Sometimes two
game birds will fight for half an hour, and very often until beth are
dead. A bird that turns from his adversary loses the fight, and once a
bird has turned, he never will again face his conqueror.
The Government tries to restrict cock fighting as much as possible,
because so long as the average Filipino can gamble he will not work.
The cock pits are now only allowed to open on Sundays and on legal
holidays. A small admission fee is charged in the pits around Manila.
Ask for Clarke's Superior Candies at your canteen. Established 1898.Ask for Clarke's Superior Candies at your canteen. Established 1898.