National Geographic Society,
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A SCHOOL,-HOUSE AT BONTOC Most of the stone and brick was laid by Bontoc Igorots
previously administered by them had at least an advantage in that punishment for evil doing was prompt, and they have naturally been impatient over the lawa s delays. The only complaints they have made relative to sentences have been that they were not severe enough, the Supreme Court of the Philippines having thus far commuted nearly all death sentences imposed on wild men.
ONE METHOD OF OBTAINING SWIFT JUSTICE
Last year a Bontoc Igorot policeman shot and killed the Igorot presidente of Tinglayen, a former head-hunting town, whose inhabitants are particularly warlike. There was no excuse for the act of the policeman, which was nothing less than an unprovoked murder. Some of the more unruly inhabitants attempted to kill him, but he was defended by the better element, including a famous fighting chief named Agpad, and the son of the man who had been shot, on the ground that the government had undertaken to kill evil-doers, and that this murderer must be turned over to the government to be killed!
They were, however, anxious for
prompt action, and feeling that the self-restraint which they had shown entitled them to it, I arranged for a special session of court at; Bontoc. Immediately after the hearing of the case had been completed, the judge asked the lieutenant governor of Bontoc whether the latter official thought there was any particular reason why he should not delay his decision in the case. The lieutenant governor replied that he thought there was. The judge rather indignantly inquired what that reason might be; whereupon the lieutenant governor led him to the window and showed him some 500 Tinglayen warriors, armed with shields, head-axes, and spears, standing on the hillside just outside the court-room and quietly awaiting the verdict. The judgea s decision was rendered without delay!
The frankness with which guilty wild men tell the truth is sometimes rather appalling, and their ideas as to right and wrong are calculated rudely to shock the unitiated.
OUR JUSTICE NOT ALWAYS COMPREHENSIBLE TO THE WILD MAN
A wild Tingian named Abaya, of Apayao, had a so-called comisionado, or