OUR ISLANDS AND THEIR PEOPLE.
which their faces so ingeniously expressed may be seen playing over the countenance of a young American when he attends his first circus.
a An attendant placed a glass bowl filled with water on the table, one of the datos leaned over and spit into it a monthful of betel nut juice. To our horror, this was merely a preliminary for refreshments, for more retainers appeared with trays on which were chocolate in glasses and plates of peculiar-looking cakes. I shall never forget the varying expressions which flitted over the faces of our little band and which finally settled down to a resignation animated solely by patriotism. These people were evidently setting their best before us, and as they were of a race most sensitive where their hospitality was concerned, we looked at each other, inwardly muttering a prayera and drank. It is impossible to describe without being able to compare. I know of no drink of civilization with which I could compare this Moro beverage and convey any idea of its disgusting flavor.
room was so limited that the maids of honor, of whom there were two, were obliged to go outside by a back way and climb in at the window. When the maids had successfully accomplished this feat (declining by a scornful sniff the proffered assistance of one of our officers), the exchange of civilities between her royal highness and General Bates commenced. The Sultana hoped the general was well; the general hoped the Sultana was the same; the Sultana was honored by this visit, etc. The general finally expressed his wish to wait upon the Sultan. The old lady begged that he would remember her sona s extreme youth, and added that the best thing that he could do would be to give him a little advice. A tender parting now took place between us on the one side and the old dowager on the other.
a The palace of the Sultan is about ten minutesa walk from the village. Harlem boasts of shanties of more elegant construction, though possibly of less room, for there is more available land in Sulu than in Greater New York. A square board house with a
WASHDAY IN THE PHILIPPINES.
The washing is done out of doors, in the creeks, rivers and pools of fresh water near the sea, as shown in the illustration. The women sometimes stand waist-deep in the water while doing the washing, their little children meanwhile paddling around in the shallow places.
a The Sultanaa s appearance is not unprepossessing; she was clad in a gown of black brocade silk, not cut after the latest fashion, and wore a scarf of light figured material over her shoulders, and some gauzy stuff, like jusi, on her head, so that her head was covered. Her stature is short and her face is that of a woman of sixty, though it is hard to judge Oriental women by our standards. Her complexion is lighter than that of the average Moro, and her small eyes show intelligence and cunning. We now discovered that the purple couch upon which we had been so carelessly sitting was the royal throne! When the Sultana entered, we rose and stood until we had been introduced to her and she had seated herself. On her right hand was a white cotton glove of civilized manufacture, which to our amusement, she had put on wrong, so that the buttons were on top. It was thus that she armed herself against contact with the Christian dogs. The space in the
galvanized iron roof over part of it, and an extension at one side which contained the harem, a wall of stones about the wholea this was the residence of the Sultan of Sulu!
a We entered the gates and passed by three soldiers in khaki uniforms and red fezes, who presented arms. These were three of five soldiers that the Sultan had brought back with him from his visit to Mecca, and they were evidently Arabians. Their ordnance consisted of five rifles, four of which were of different makes. The entrance to the house was through a small lean-to shed at one side, which led into a room as bare as a barn chamber. The living apartments were above. A broad flight of rough board stairs, with a strip of carpet down the middle, led to the upper region. We ascended and found ourselves in a large darkened apartment, in the august presence of Lari Paduka Maha Sari Manalana, Sultan Hadji Muhamed Jamalul Kiram.
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