OUR ISLANDS AND THEIR PEOPLE.
was found that these eleven men had, with their krises, hacked fifteen soldiers to pieces, not to reckon the wounded.
a And what wounds! a exclaims Doctor Montano; a the head of one corpse is cut off as clean as if it had been done with the sharpest razor; another soldier was almost cut in two! The first of the wounded to come under my hand was a soldier of the 3d Regiment, who was mounting guard at the gate through which some of the assassins entered; his left arm was fractured in three places; his shoulder and breast were literally cut up like mincemeat ; amputation appeared to be the only chance for him, but in that lacerated flesh there was no longer a spot from which could be cut a shred.a
The following incidents regarding the Juramentados are related by Foreman, who, having lived among the Moros for many months, enjoyed excellent opportunities for studying their characteristics:
a In 1884 a Mussulman was found on a desolate isle lying off the Antique coast (Panay Island), and of course had no document
up. No one had thought of taking the kris out of his grasp, and he rushed around the apartment, severely cut two of the servants, but was ultimately dispatched by the bayonets of the guards, who arrived on hearing the scuffle. The governor showed me his wounds, which were slight, but his life was saved by the valor of his wife, Dona Justa.
a It has often been remarked by old residents, that if free license were granted to the domesticated natives, their barbarous instincts would recur to them in all vigor. Here was an instance. The body was carried off by an excited populace, who tied a rope to it, beat it, and dragged it through the town to a few miles up the coast, where it was thrown on the seashore. The priests did not interfere; like the Egyptian mummies cast on the Stygian shores, the culprit was unworthy of sepulturea besides, who would pay the fees ?
a During my first visit to Sulu, in 1881, I was dining with the governor, when the conversation ran on the details of an expedition which was to be sent out in a day or so to Maybun, to carry
The people are employed in various capacities by our army, and they soon learn to adopt our customs in the wearing of our soldiersa castoff clothing, and
in other respects, especially the art of swearing with great proficiency.
of identity, so he was arrested and confined in the jail of San Jose de Buenavista. From prison he was eventually taken to the residence of the Spanish governor, Don Manuel Castellon, a very humane gentleman and a personal friend of mine. There he worked some little time with the other domestics. In Don Manuela s study there was a collection of native arms which took the fancy of the Mussulman; one morning he seized a kris and lance, and, bounding into the breakfast room, capered about, gesticulated, and brandished the lance in the air, much to the amusement of the governor and his guests. But in an instant the fellow (hitherto a mystery, but undoubtedly a Juramentado) hurled the lance with great force towards the public prosecutor, and the missile, after severing his watch chain, lodged in the side of the table. The governor and the public prosecutor at once closed with the would-be assassin, whilst the governora s wife, with great presence of mind, thrust a table-knife into the culprita s body between the shoulder blade and the collar bone. The man fell as if dead, and, when all supposed that he was A 0, he suddenly jumped
dispatches received from the governor-general for the Sultan, and to transact business anent the protectorate. The governor seemed rather surprised when I expressed my wish to join the party, for the journey is not unattended with risk for onea s life. (I may here mention, that only a few days before I arrived, a young officer was sent on some mission a short distance outside the town of Sulu, accompanied by a patrol of two guards. He was met by armed Moslems, and sent back with one of his hands cut off. I remember also the news reaching us, that several military officers were sitting outside a cafe in Sulu Town, when a number of Juramentados came behind them and cut their throats.)a
Capt. Louis Dodge, of the United States Army, who has been stationed for some time at Jolo, on the island of Sulu, writes these interesting particulars regarding the Juramentados and the customs of the Moros generally:
a If we have accomplished nothing else, we have at least added something to the diplomatic experiences of our countrya we have received a genuine sultan. Perhaps, however, before speaking of
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