Our islands and their people:.
decorated with lovely shrubs and plants peculiar to most mid-tropical regions. The entrance to the palace was always open, and we were received by three datos, who saluted us in a formal way, and, without waiting to ask us any questions, invited us, with a wave of the hand, to follow into the throne-room.
a The Sultan was seated on our entering, but when the bearer of the dispatches approached, with the official interpreter by his side, and we following, he rose in his place to greet us.
a His Excellency was dressed in very light trousers, fastened partly up the sides with showy chased gold or gilt buttons; a short Eaton-cut olive green jacket with an infinity of buttons; white socks, ornamented slippers, a red sash around his waist, a kind of turban, and a kris at his side. One could almost have imagined him to be a Spanish bull-fighter with an Oriential finish-off.
a We all bowed low, and the Sultan, surrounded by his Sultanas, put his hands to his temples, and on lowering them he bowed at the same time. We remained standing whilst some
among themselves, and were apparently as much interested in our personal appearance as we were in their style, features and attire. They all wore light-colored a dual garmentsa of great width, and tight bodices. Their coiffure was carefully finished, but a part of the forehead was hidden by an ungraceful fringe of hair.
a We had so little in common to converse on, and that little had to be said through the interpreter, that we were rather glad when we were asked to take refreshments. It at least served to relieve the awkward feeling of looking at each other in silence. Chocolate and ornamental sweetmeats were brought to us, but what frightful mixture the supposed chocolate was I could not tell. I believe it was made with cocoanut oil, and to avoid a scene consequent on an indisposition, I decided to leave it.
a We were about to take our departure, when the Sultan invited us to remain all night in the palace. The leader of our party caused to be explained to him that we were thankful for his gracious offer, but that, being so numerous, we feared to disturb His
A FILIPINO FUNERAL UNDER AMERICAN AUSPICES.
The Spanish style of depositing corpses temporarily in a vault, and after a few months or years throwing the bones in a common heap, has been discontinued under American influences. But the prejudices of the people were so firmly fixed that in some instances it was necessary to send an armed guard to enforce the rules of the authorities.
papers were handed to him. He looked at them; a few words were said in Spanish, to the effect that the bearer saluted His Excellency in the name of the governor of Sulu. The Sultan passed the documents to the official interpreter, who read or explained them in Sulu language; then a brief conversation ensued, through the interpreter, and the business was really over. After a short pause, the Sultan motioned to us to be seated on floor cushions, and we complied. The cushions, covered with rich silk, were very comfortable. Servants, in fantastic costumes, were constantly in attendance, serving betel-nut to those who cared to chew it.
a One Sultana was fairly pretty, or had been so, but the remainder were heavy, languid and lazy in their movements; and their teeth, dyed black, did not improve their personal appearance. The Sultan made various inquiries, and passed many compliments on us, the governor, governor-general and others, which were conveyed to us through the interpreter. Meanwhile, the Sultanas chatted
Excellency by intruding so far on his hospitality. Still the Sultan politely insisted, and whilst the interpretation was being transmitted, I found opportunity to let our chief know that I had a burning anxiety to stay at the palace, for curiosity. In any case, we were a large number to go anywhere, so our leader, in reply to the Sultan, said that he and four Europeans of his suite would take advantage of His Excellencya s kindness.
a We withdrew from the Sultana s presence, and walked through the town in company with some functionaries of the royal household. There was nothing very striking in the town; it was like most others. There were some good bungalows of bamboo and thatching. I noticed that men, women and children were smoking tobacco or chewing, and had no visible occupation. Many of the smaller dwellings were built on piles out to the sea. We saw a number of divers preparing to go off to get pearls, mother-of-pearl, etc. They are very expert in this occupation, and