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We went out again and chased another until'we were tired out, but could not get it. By that time I was mad, but just then a big, fat one stuck his head out of the brush across the way; out came my revolvera a bangV The old porker rolled over and grunted. I ran over and pulled him out of the brush, and we both grabbed him and started for the company, when the major came rushing down the street, and he gave us a fearful raking down. He put us under arrest and told us to leave the hog there, but we dragged it along to the company, with the major on our heels scolding us constantly. He took us to the commanding officer, who scored us and called the company commander, and I thought the jig was up. When he got through, he sent for the sergeant of the mess, who came. The commander told the sergeant to make us chop enough wood to cook the hog. The hog was cooked for supper. The colonel sent for a piece and wrote on a slip of paper, a Please send enough for the major, too/ I tried my best to get that scrap of paper, but the cook kept it, saying that it beat anything he had ever heard of, and he had been in the service twenty-two years. He still has it, and there is nothing too good for me in Company F, but they spring the hog racket on me whenever they can, and that makes the tale of the hog.a
Mr. Frank G. Carpenter, in a recent letter written at Davao, on the southern coast of the island of Mindanao, describes some hunting adventures which he witnessed in that locality, and incidentally describes some of the animals found there. He says:
a The country surrounding Davao is almost a wilderness. Only a short distance back of the town the jungle begins. If you walk a few miles in any direction you come into a land of monkeys, parrots and wild hogs. There are monkeys everywhere, even in the town itself. Nearly every one of our soldiers has his pet monkey, a little brown or drab animal with a well-wrinkled face and a short tail. There are some tailless monkeys in this part of the world, and some little ones not bigger than your two fists. One of the company cooks has a monkey named Bob, which lives in the outdoor kitchen and makes war on every white stranger that comes within reach. A pet pup has been adopted by Bob, and the person who touches the pup at once has a fight on his hands. Bob goes for him and the offender is lucky if he does not find the monkeya s teeth in his leg.
a There are parrots here of many colors, the most common being large white parrots with tufted heads. They fly about in flocks of twenty or more and may be seen anywhere in the woods or about the bay. Another parrot is of a bright red, with wings of an evanescent green. It is not so large as the ^vhite parrot, but it is a great whistler, singer and talker. It is caught and sold by the people, and you can buy a good talker for about a dollar and a half, gold.
a Then there are doves here which have golden brown bodies and green wings; white snipe, which fly along the shores, and a great bird as big as a turkey and in looks not unlike one. I am told that there are black parrots and green parrots, although I have seen only
the white and red ones. There are white herons, and white pigeons three times as big as our pigeons. The woods contain many wild hogs and there are also deer of various kinds. The soldiers go off for a hunt now and then
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General Anderson and his adjutant visit the dead and wounded in a captured Filipino trench. These men believed that they were dying for liberty.
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in the forest, and they usually are well paid for their time. The natives are fond of hunting, and help them. The other day the ex-presidente of the town took a party of officers and soldiers out to a hunt a a la Mindanao/ He had a half dozen great nets, each six feet high and fifty feet long, which his men carried out to the woods. They took them to an open place and so set them up that they fenced it in. The lower ends of the nets were fastened to strong, short poles driven firmly into the ground, and the upper ends, through which a rope was run, were hooked over high poles in such a way that if anything ran against the net it would slip off at the top and fall down, inclosing the obstructing animal in such a way that the harder it pushed and struggled against the net, the more tightly it would be held.
a These nets ran around the three sides of a square of about two acres. From the corners of the opening the hunters placed themselves in long lines ready to shoot anything that came in the direction of the net. A corps of retainers and slaves,
with spears and bolos, were then V started out with dogs to beat up
the woods for several miles around. They were so arranged that all the game was driven toward the net. and, after an hour or so, half * dozen deer, two hogs and a drove of peccaries came rushing toward the opening. Several were shot by the soldiers and three hogs tangled themselves up in the net, and while thus struggling were killed.
a Pig shooting is one of the common amusements of our Southern Philippines. It is the chief sport of the Sulu Islands, as well as Mindanao, and, the Sultan, I am told, has his regular hunts during the season. The pigs are black, fierce-looking animals, of the kind known as razor-backs, such as you find in the mountains of the South. They will fight when brought to bay, so that the sport is by no means unaccompanied by danger. The flesh of the wild hog is delicious, and has a gamy flavor.