752 OUR ISLANDS AND THEIR PEOPLE.
A TAGALOG VILLAGE. ISLAND OF LUZON.
The people live in villages and go out from them every morning to work on their farms. They have no farm houses as we know them in America.
somewhat pretentious in her social aspirations amongst her own class, occasionally came to the table to join us at meals, but more often preferred to eat on the floor of her bedroom, where she could follow her native custom, at ease, of eating with her fingers.
a The women of the North are less reserved, a trifle better educated, and decidedly more courteous and sociable. Their manners are more lively, void of arrogance, cheerful and buoyant in tone. However, all over the islands the women are more niggardly than the men.
a But the Filipino has many excellent qualities which go far to make amends for his shortcomings. He is patient and forbearing in the extreme, remarkably sober, plodding, anxious only about providing for his immediate wants, and seldom feels the a canker of ambitious thoughts/ In his person and his dwelling he may serve as a pattern of cleanliness to all other races in the tropical East. He has little thought beyond the morrow, and therefore he never racks his brain about events of the far future in the political world, or any other sphere.
He indifferently leaves everything to happen as it may, with surprising resignation.
a The Tagalog in particular has a genial, sociable nature. The native, in general, will go without food for many hours at a time without grumbling; and fish, rice, betel nut and tobacco are his chief wrants.
a When an European is traveling, he never needs to trouble about where or when his servant gets his food or wThere he sleepsa he looks after that. When a native travels, he drops in amongst any group of his fellow countrymen whom he finds having their meal on the roadside, and wherever he happens to be at nightfall, there he lies down to
sleep. He is never long in a great dilemma. If his hut is about to fall, he makes it fast with bamboo and rattan cane. If a vehicle breaks down, a harness snaps, or his canoe leaks or upsets, he has always his remedy at hand. He bears misfortune of all kinds with the greatest indifference, and without the least apparent emotion. Under the eye of his master he is the most tractable of all beings. He never (like the Chinese) insists upon doing things his own way, but tries to do just as he is told, whether it be right or wrong. A native enters your service as a coachman, and if you wish him to paddle a boat, cook a meal, fix a lock, or do any other kind of labor possible to him, he is quite agreeable. He knows the duties of no occupation with efficiency, and he is
perfectly willing to be a a jack - of-all - trades/ Another good feature is that he rarely, if ever, repud i ates
NATIVE BOAT WITH GRASS-MAT CANOPY.
These boats are used for transporting both freight and passengers on the smaller streams of the islands.
by pushing with bamboo poles, and also by oars or paddles.
They are propelled