OUR ISLANDS AND THEIR PEOPLE.
SPANISH FORTIFICATIONS AT CAVITE, SHOWING EFFECTS OF SHELL FROM DEWEYa S FLEET.
a At vespers in the evenings there is always a pretty scene. An instant hush comes over the busy village. In each house father, mother and children fall on their knees before the image or picture of some saint, and repeat their prayers. The devotions over, each child kisses the hand of his father and his mother, at the same time wishing them good evening. He then makes an obeisance to each of his brothers and sisters, as well as to each guest who happens to be present, repeating his pleasant salutation with each funny bow. Host and hostess also greet one in the same way, and in remote places, where white men are a rarity, the little tots often kneel to kiss onea s hand.a
One of the most serious defects in the Visayan character is lying, and this seems to be a constitutional failing of the race.
They frequently lie most outrageously merely to conceal some trivial shortcoming, and on other occasions they prevaricate without any apparent excuse whatever, unless it be the satisfaction they derive from a display of their peculiar talents in that line.
If one is detected in a falsehood his only regret seems to be that his performance was not more creditably carried out. They have no sense of the moral guilt of lying, and cannot understand why they should be punished or discredited for what they regard as a commendable exercise of their mental gifts.
a A servant of mine once sulked for days,a says Prof. Worcester, a because I had beaten him for telling me a most inexcusable lie. Some time later, in attempting to carry me across a stream, he stubbed his toe and fell, pitching me into the water, and sadly demoralizing my spotless white suit. I treated
the affair as a joke, but my laughter seemed to cause him more anxiety than reproaches would have done. He acted strangely all the evening, and when I was about to retire, presented me with a rattan and asked me to give him his whipping then, as it made him nervous to wait, and he wanted to have it over with!a He recognized his offense in the ducking of his master, and was perfectly willing to receive his punishment; but his feelings were hurt because his capacity as a first-class liar failed to receive due recognition.
The Mestizos, or half-breeds, constitute a large percentage of the native population, both among the Tagalogs and the Visayans. Those of Spanish fathers, however, constitute a distinct class from those who have Chinese fathers. The former are usually far more intelligent and enterprising than the natives, and many of them are to be found among the leading merchants and
SCENE ON THE PASIG RIVER, ABOVE MANILA.
professional men of Manila and other cities of the archipelago. The men are usually large and handsome, and associate on terms of equality with the Spaniards. Among the Mestizo girls of Spanish fathers there are many who possess a wonderful beauty. They are lithe and graceful in form and figure, with soft olive complexions, scarlet lips and teeth white as pearls; long, waving, jet-black hair, and dark, languishing eyes that glow with the subdued passions of the tropics. Many of these girls have been highly educated in the convents, and possess a culture and refinement of manner equal to that of the best American and European society. They have a natural talent for music, which they inherit from their native mothers, and there are few amateurs in any country who can surpass them in this elegant accomplishment.
SANTA LUCIA DRIVE. OR BOULEVARD, MANILA.