OUR ISLANDS AND THEIR PEOPLE.
A FILIPINO CARPENTER AT WORK.
and then the open glade was reached where Calvi had arranged to entertain his friends. He is one of the most important of all the Sulu chiefs, and is very popular with his people. In order to please them, he had a small bamboo amphitheater built around the glade on his estate, and gives bull-fights and horse-races almost every week.
Calvi himself, in red tights and blue jacket, greeted his visitors, and then announced the beginning of the games. Two caraboa bulls were brought out by their owners, who he them by means of long ropes fastened around the horns. The animals were brought close together and then their angry passions were aroused by the master of ceremonies and his assistant, who endeavored to start the fight by twisting their tails. Of course
A TAGALOG MATRON.
a a Very well/ said the dato. a See that it does not happen again/
a Once more the retainer came, saying:
a a Oh, great and benevolent dato, again have I gambled away thy money, and again I beg thee in thy great mercy to forgive me! a
a a This is the second time I have forgiven thee/ said Joka Nina, a but the third time, I warn thee, thou shalt die/
a Yet again the unfortunate man returned without the money he had collected for the dato.
a a Oh, dato/ he cried, throwing himself at the feet of his chief, a I have sinned again and taken thy money!
a a Cut him down/ said the dato to one of his men-at-arms. The man offered no resistance and was cut to pieces with one of the great knives of the natives.a
The Americans stationed at Jolo have endeavored to make the new order of things agreeable to the natives, and they have met with flattering success. Sometimes the Moros are invited to the receptions that are given by the officers to visitors or to the officers of the warships in the harbor. The Moros bring their native instruments, which are chiefly collections of old iron kettles and tomtoms played by women, and to the accompaniment of the monotonous wailings of the native band, the Moro warriors give sword and spear dances. They are not irresponsive to the social attentions shown them by the Americans. The datos residing near Jolo frequently give lawn parties on their estates, where they have bull-fights, horse-races and other divertisements.
Dato Calvi, whom General Bates had taken down to Maybun on the cruiser a Charleston,a repaid the compliment by inviting all the Americans out to a party at his house, at which there would be bull-fights, rooster-fights and horse-racing. The Moro bull-fight differs radically from the Spanish variety, in the fact that the combat is between two of these animals, instead of a matador and a bull. Calvi lives two miles from Jolo, near the water, and his guests went out in the a Charlestona sa launch and in the army tug from Jolo. The boats could not get close to the shore, on account of the coral reefs, and the visitors went as near as they could in small boats and then jumped overboard and waded. There was a walk of half a mile through jungles and across muddy creeks,
A CHINESE PEDDLER BARGAINING WITH TAGALOG WOMEN.
Chinese merchants and peddlers do a large part of the retail trade of the islands. They are shrewd traders, but usually meet their match in dealing with the native women.
each bull got the idea that it was the other, and not a Moro, that was twisting his caudal appendage, and began to lower his head and paw the ground and bellow his rage, while the Moros whooped and yelled.
Finally the beasts made a lunge at each other, and as they parted one had a long crimson streak down his side. They met again and locked horns and stood a moment. Then a particularly hard yank at their tails made them leap to one side, and one rushed straight into the yelling mob and made for the grandstand, where the American visitors were seated. The Moros yelled and ran in every direction and the Americans hastily clambered up to the top seat in the amphitheater or crawled under it. The bull charged past, pursued by his enemy, and both disappeared, crashing madly through the jungle, and followed by their owners.
INTERIOR OF NATIVE KITCHEN.
Showing preparation of a meal, in the labor of which both men and women share equally.