OUR ISLANDS AND THEIR PEOPLE.
SCENERY IN THE MOUNTAINS TRAVERSED BY MESSRS. SARGENT AND WILCOX.
The photograph shows one of the party and two of the attendants. They speak in glowing terms of the splendor of the scenery of these mountains.
a As an encore, when the minuet was finished, they sang a Spanish love song together. The ages of these little girls were eleven and twelve, respectively, and they did not look at all older than their years. They were dressed as grown-up young ladies, however, with their hair elaborately arranged, and with long trains to their cotton gowns. When I asked their mother if this style of dress had been adopted as a masquerade, she said, a Oh, no; I expect both my little girls to be married very soon/ After all, some of the customs of the Filipinos are rather picturesque.
AN IGORROTE VILLAGE, ISLAND OF LUZON.
These people are of a higher type than the Negritos, and they build their houses in a more comfortable and substantial manner than the temporary huts of the latter tribe. They also engage in agriculture in a limited way.
a After a short rest these girls and two others of about the same age danced the a contrabandista,a using castanets. We enjoyed this dance very much. The dancers arranged themselves, at starting, in the form of a square, and frequently returned to that figure. Passing and re-passing each other, twirling unexpectedly about, and posing for an instant, only to resume the rapid step, their tiny, erect figures moved with charming grace and quickncss in time with the music, and their castanets kept up a lively accompaniment. When directions were needed, they were received from
an old man, who occupied the position of dancing master in the village. A guitar and a flute supplied the only music for the dance. At times even this was dispensed with, and in its stead the dancing master sang a plaintive air in his native dialect. The music and dancing continued until we requested an opportunity to rest. On other occasions we have been shown many dances peculiar to the country, and have found that, while they are all graceful and interesting, none are in the least grotesque or barbaric.
a The towns of Ilagan and Aparri, with their wealthy and pleasure-loving population, provided the most elaborate entertainments. Ilagan is the capital city of the