OUR ISLANDS AND THEIR PEOPLE.
NATIVE SUGAR REFINERIES AT TANDUAY, LUZON.
SHRINE OF ANTIPOLO, ISLAND OF LUZON.
Picturesquely located on a cliff and greatly venerated in that region of the country.
the pressure was released, the sapling would spring back to its erect position, closing the gate with a slam. With the means at hand a Yankee might well have been at a loss to devise a neater or more effective scheme.
a The province of Nueva Icija is low and marshy, and rice is almost the only agricultural product. At the time of our visit the entire population, both male and female, was engaged in the threshing of rice, which, under their artistic manipulations, becomes a most picturesque proceeding. The implements used resemble, on a large scale, the pestle and mortar of a chemist. The mortar is replaced by a section of a log of hardwood, hollowed out into the shape of a bowl or
trough; the pestle by a club about four feet long, with ends about six inches in diameter and the middle part scraped down to the shape of the hand and worn smooth by constant friction. The rice is throwTn into the mortar as it is cut. The club, held in the middle, is raised well above the head in the right hand and cast vertically down upon the rice; caught up with the left hand as it rebounds, thrown again, and caught up with the right.