OUR ISLANDS AND THEIR PEOPLE.
CARABOA CART AND NATIVES, MANILA.
meant those who were of Spanish fathers and native mothers. An intense racial hatred exists between many of the different tribes, and it is especially marked among those who profess Christianity and the southern tribes that adhere to the teachings of Mahomet. This is used as an argument in favor of retaining the islands under American control, as many profess to believe that the people would relapse into barbarism through endless tribal wars if permitted to govern themselves.
This danger, however, is more imaginary than real, for the Tagalogs are the dominating race, and they have proved their capacity, not only to govern themselves, but the other tribes as well; and they are better suited for the business than any other people. They are the most advanced and civilized of all the native inhabitants of the islands. They are pro-
their seat of government, and they are practically the only natives who are fighting us. They fought the Spaniards for centuries, and seem determined to gain their independence or suffer extermination in the effort. Our people greatly admired their courage and patriotism while they fought the Spaniards, but the shoe has been fitted to another foot, and now it is different.
The Tagalog in his native state is of medium height, with a smooth skin, of the color of the quince or of copper, body generally slender and well formed, hair black, thick and rough, head medium or small, rounded in front and flattened behind; austere face, the eyes black and brilliant, nose medium and generally flat; the mouth usually large, medium lips; large chest, the thighs and legs slender, the muscles hard and the skin nearly hairless. He is distrustful, credulous and superstitious, and believes in all kinds of manifestations. One of his chief delights is to make a show of authority, and if he is not able to do so legitimately, he is likely to use the clothes and insignia of officials or dignitaries. With the same delight that a child in our country wears the dress of a soldier or sailor, the native likes to parade in the uniforn of a colonel or the dress of one of the religious orders.
a BAMBEROS a OR MANILA FIRE COMPANY.
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gressive and enterprising, and have established numerous colonies in various islands of the archipelago; but their principal domain comprises the central portions of the island of Luzon. Here is
NATIVE FILIPINO BAND.
At their a fiestasa they like to show themselves in splendid and gorgeous attire, the result of their extreme vanity, which forms one of the predominating traits of their character. They often pass entire weeks at these fiestas, giving themselves up to the delights of music, fireworks, speechmaking and cock-fighting, which constitute the greater part of their amusements. Cock-fighting is the favorite pastime of the Tagalog, affording, as it does, a pretext for gambling, which is eagerly embraced. The native is also fond of other games of chance, and patronizes dice-throwing, raffles and lotteries. Although accustomed to the use of wines and liquors, there is little drunkenness among the Tagalogs, who, in eating as well as in drinking, are extremely temperate.
Gatherings at festivals and at cock-fights are frequent, but the Tagalog is not ordinarily gregarious. He is nomadic, and delights in absolute autonomy, subject to no laws except such as he is disposed to make for himself. He