OUR ISLANDS AND THEIR PEOPLE.
dive as deep as 100 feet. Prior to the plunge they go through a grotesque performance of waving their arms in the air and twisting their bodies, in order, as they say, to frighten away the sharks; then, with a whoop, they leap over the edge of the prahu, and continue to throw their arms and legs about for the purpose mentioned. They often dive for the shark and rip it up with a kris.
a Five of us retired to the palace that night, and were at once conducted to our rooms. There was no door to my room; it was, strictly speaking, an alcove. During the night, at intervals of about every hour, as it seemed to me, a palace servant or guard came to inquire how the senor was sleeping, and if I were comfortable. a Duerme el, senor ?a (Does the gentleman sleep?) was apparently the limit of his knowledge of Spanish. I did not clearly understand more than the fact that the man was a nuisance, and I regretted that there was no door with which to shut him out. The next morning we paid our respects to his highness, who furnished us with an escorta more as a compliment than a necessitya and we reached Sulu Town again, after a very enjoyable ride through a superb country.a
The place referred to by Foreman as Sulu Town is now called Jolo, and we are permitted to copy the following description of the town from a letter written by Surgeon
TWO BEAUTIFUL TAGALOG SISTERS.
Dressed in the costume of their country, and as well educated and modest as the young ladies of any nation.
McCord of the United States Army, on the 26th of January, 1900:
a I have just returned from Sandaken, Borneo, where I went in company with several other officers, simply for the purpose of breaking the terrible monotony of our lives here, and consequently I am not feeling like writing a lengthy account of my trip. We left on the night of the 21st and arrived at Sandaken the next day. The place is not one of very great interest, as the town is composed chiefly of straw huts; but it is a British military station, and we met a number of gay English officers who are living there, seemingly contented and happy, with their families. We were royally entertained, and everybody voted our visit a success in more ways than one. Since my return I have been very busy, owing to the fact of my having been appointed a counsela for a number of prisoners who are being tried by a general court-martial, now in session at this place. I am not a howling success as a lawyer, but my victims seem to think that I am all right, so it does not make much difference. I wish you could have heard my first argument before the court. I fairly took their breath away with my eloquence, but my client got two years and forfeiture of pay and a dishonorable discharge. So much for my ability as a lawyer! I thank my stars that I finished reading Blackstone at the mature age of thirteen and took Ug medicine instead.
TAGALOG GIRLS OF THE WORKING CLASS.
These girls belong to the class of cigarette and tobacco workers, and are wearing the large basket hats referred to by so many oi our writers.
A TAGALOG PARLOR.
Showing interior of parlor or reception room of refined Tagalog family, with the eldest daughter and her harp.
a In a previous letter I told you how to find Jolo on the map. I also told you that it was the capital of the Sulu, or Zulu, Islands, and is located on an island of the same name. These islandsa and there are many of thema were under the absolute sovereignty of the Sultan of Sulu before they became a part of the United States. Since General Bates made his treaty with that potentate it seems to be hard to determine just who the real masters are. I am convinced that the Sultana s word is law among the Mohammedans. The town itself is a beautiful place, containing a population of several thousand people, the majority of whom are Chinese and Malays. The chief of police is an Malay ex-pirate. The place was at one time considered extremely sickly, but, fortunately for 11s, the Spanish Government, many years ago, wishing to punish General