THE MOROS OF SULU.
THE Moro is the most peculiar and picturesque savage that Uncle Sam has yet come in contact with. He is totally unlike the other peoples and tribes who have stood under the folds of the flag of the stars. He is neither Malay nor Papuan, though he probably has some of the worst and wickedest strains of the blood of these two sanguinary races in his veins, acquired by long residence in their vicinity and by selecting occasional extra wives from among their women.
The Moro is a stranger in a strange land. Four hundred years ago the Spaniards found him inhabiting the northern part of
strange segment of this people propagating their religion and playing pirate on the southern islands of the Philippine group, they decided to have as little to do with them as the circumstances of the case would admit; and they have religiously adhered to that principle. General Arolas was the only Spaniard who ever succeeded in establishing anything like authority over the Moros, and that was nothing more than a Spanish suzerainty. The Sultan remained supreme ruler in all the domestic affairs of the archipelago, deferring to. Spain only in matters relating to other nations. The flag of the Sultan floated side by side with the yellow emblem
A FILIPINO SAW-MILL.
This is the common type of saw-mill that prevails throughout the archipelago, and is emblematic of similar institutions that prevailed in our own country
west of the Ohio River one hundred years ago.
Borneo, the Sulu Archipelago and a large portion of the island of Mindanao; and he is there yet. He was a pirate and a murderer thena he is a murderer and a pirate now. The Spaniards called him a Moor,a or a Moro,a because his skin was dark and he worshiped the God of Islam. But if he is a Moor, how did he get to Borneo? It is not our business, to answer this question. The Moro is now a prospective citizen of the United States, he occupies a number of small islands over which the American flag waves, and we propose to paint him as he is and let others guess where he came from.
The Spaniards had had some experience with the Moors before they discovered America, or the Philippine Islands, and that experience was so unsatisfactory that when they found a
of Castile, and Spain paid him $200 per month in order that he might keep himself in the a splendor and dignity which should attend one of his distinguished and exalted rank.a This was the pompous Spanish way of expressing the treaty agreement, and the high-sounding phrase pleased the Sultan. When the United States, for some inscrutable reason, agreed to give Spain a twenty-million-dollar plaster for the wounds we had inflicted upon her pride in the recent embarrassment, the transaction did not convey ownership and sovereignty to and over the Sulu Islandsa it merely transferred such privileges as Spain had acquired there to us. This includes the right to pay the Sultana s salary, which has been increased to $250 per month in gold; and also to pay $75 per month