568 OUR ISLANDS AND THEIR PEOPLE.
native is not easily moved to anger, and even when driven to it he usually contrives to hide his resentment until an opportunity offers for him to wreak a frightful vengeance. When that time comes, he looses control of himself, and, like the Malays of Java a runs amucka and slays all who come in his path. These ebullitions of passion, however, are now very rare, as the disposition of the people has been greatly subdued by the influences of Christianity. But they still retain the
characteristic of harboring the memory of a wrong, even for years, until
THE a REINA CHRISTINAa AS SHE LAY IN MANILA BAY, AFTER BEING SUNK BY ADMIRAL DEWEY.
they have an opportunity to pay off the The dress of the better class of consists of white trousers of native abaca, or Manila hemp, a shirt or blouse or of the soft, airy, and almost transpa woven from the delicate fibers of the choice as the finest lace. This blouse side of the trousers, for the sake of cool usually fastened around the waist by a from the Spaniards. The feet are either sandals or patent leather shoes. The head is covered with a salacot, a large,
old score and even up. Tagalog men usually manufacture, made of of the same material, rent pinaa a texture pineapple leaf and as is generally worn outness. The trousers are belt, a fashion acquired bare or protected by
WRECK OF THE a CASTILLA,a SUNK IN THE BATTLE OF MANILA BAY.
of the talented and gallant Tagalese author is excusable on the ground that his sweetheart was doubtless just such a divine creature as he describes. He adds: a The women are pretty, and all are good-natured and smiling. Their complexion of light brown is usually clear and smooth; their eyes are large and lustrous, full of the sleeping passion of the Orient. The figures of the women are usually erect and stately, and many are models of grace and beauty.a After this description no one will wonder that quite a number of our soldier boys have lost their hearts to these charming Tagalog maidens, and settled down in Luzon to enjoy their Eden of bliss and raise up stalwart citizens for the future Asiatic Republic. One of the boys, after having married the girl of his choice, wrote the following description of his surroundings home to his father, who is a widower, and it is said that the old gentleman sailed for the Philippines as soon as he finished reading the letter: a I dare say the class of people who devote what time they can spare from keeping their past covered up to minding other folksa business, are properly shocked at my marriage. I will simply say that we married for love, and have no apologies to make. I
round, basket-like hat, strongly plaited of gray and black intersecting patterns of nito or liana fiber, and the brim usually ornamented with a band of silver or embroidered cloth. The women also occasionally wear a head covering of the same character, only much larger than the mena s. Both are represented in a number of our illustrations. The elegant pina cloth, so popular with both men and women, is either white or light yellow in color, sometimes interwoven with silk of various colors, or embroidered with flowers.
It is worn almost universally by women of the better class, either as an upper garment or thrown over the shoulders in the form of a scarf or mantilla. It makes a very elegant and dressy garment, especially when embroidered or interwoven with colored silks.
The women wear flowing skirts of gay colors, usually bright red, green or white, with a silk petticoat of many colors. Over this is a narrow waist-cloth, or belt, usually of dark-colored silk, while the bosom and shoulders are covered with a starched neck-cloth or small mantle of pina. On the head, to quote Senor Lala, a is worn a white mantle, from which the rippling cataract of raven hair falls in massy folds almost to the ground.
The toes of the naked feet are enveloped in chinelasa a heelless slipper, which is shuffled with languorous grace.a The poetic license
had been acquainted with Antonia Legaspi about six months. When the fighting broke out, on February 4th, her people left the city. Her uncle is a captain in Aguinaldoa s army. She refused to go, and made her way alone through those terrible streets to General Otisa headquarters, where I was on guard.
I found a home for her, comparatively safe, and as
Showing effects of bombardment by Deweya s fleet and the Utah Battery, August 13th, 1898.