National Geographic Society,
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A baseball team OF BENGUET igorot boys
the savages a far surer foothold than the most perfectly constructed hobnailed shoes could possibly afford a white man.
In the old days the wild man was invariably shamefully cheated when he attempted to barter the products of his native mountains with his a Christiana neighbors in the lowlands for salt, cloth, steel, and similar necessary articles. Furthermore, it was part of the game to get him intoxicated in order that he might the more easily be robbed; and this, combined with the tendency of the sudden change in climate involved in descending from the mountains to the lowlands to bring out malaria, often produced fatal illness. At the best he was usually compelled to sell his produce at a small fraction of its true value and to pay three or four prices for everything that he bought.
With a view to remedying this situation, we have established a number of so-
called a exchanges,a which are nothing more nor less than government shops, where the wild man may purchase at a fair price the things which he needs and may sell his produce at its real market value. He may also sell his weapons and other manufactured articles if, as is often the case, they are of a sort which can subsequently be sold to civilized residents of the Philippines or to tourists.
The result is that many of the wild men can purchase what they want in their own country at reasonable prices, and can dispose of what they have to sell without being cheated. They are quick to take advantage of the opportunity thus afforded, and their willingness to work increases proportionately to their desire to purchase the goods which are displayed at the government exchanges.
With the average wild man life is one long struggle to get sufficient food for himself and his family. One of the things which we are endeavoring to do is to