OUR ISLANDS AND THEIR PEOPLE.
NATIVES NEAR MANILA.
These people represent the lower orders and mixed races. Their squatting: positions, similar to the monkeya s favorite attitude, indicates a no distant removal from the a connecting link.a
-then darknessa utter,
universe had suddenly burst forth in flames inconceivable darknessa and oblivion.
It might have been ages later when Addington revived, for all ha could recollect of the forenoona s diversion with the ambulance squad. And certainly there was nothing in his immediate surroundings to suggest either a hand-car or a horde of howling, charging Filipinos.
He was lying on a cot in a dimly-lighted room, with a lot of other cots stretched along on either side of him. All this he perceived out of the corners of his eyes, for his head steadfastly refused to obey any inclination on his part to move it.
Raising his hand, he proceeded to explore that particular region. Then he ceased to winder at the indisposition of the refractory member, considering the manner in which it wras swrathed in bandages.
a Curious!a he speculated, in a half-audible tone. a Wonder where I am, and whata s happened?a
The words brought an anxious-faced nurse to his bedside. a Poor boy, delirious again,a she commented aloud to herself. a No, I'm not a particle delirious,a protested the injured man, a and Ia d like to know where I am, if you dona t mind telling me.a a Why, you are in the hospital, at Manila,a replied the nurse, more cheerfully.
a Youa ve been here ever since . you were wounded about a week ago.a
a Wounded,a repeated Addington, vaguely, a I dona t understand.a a The doctor here will remind you of it,a was the nursea s response, as the surgeon approached and stood at his bedside.
a Ah, Addington!a exclaimed the latter, warmly, a Ia m sincerely glad to see such an improvement in your condition. Youa ve had a very bad week of it since that little affair of ours up on the railroad, but youa ll mend rapidly from now on.a
The speakera s words and face together brought a sudden flood of recollections to the patienta s mind. a Ah, I remember it all now,a he mused, a all but coming here to Manila. Are the rest of the fellowsa the correspondentsa also here?a
a No,a he replied, a we came here direct from the scene of the fight. You see, at the last moment you got that unfortunate wound in the head, which, with so many injured already on my hands and the country between us and the camp overrun with Filipinos, forced me to continue on to the city.a
At this juncture another recollection flashed into Addingtona s mind, and with it an expression of deep concern settled upon his countenance.
FRAMEWORK OF A FILIPINO HOUSE*
These houses are usually elevated a few feet above the ground, on posts, as represented in this photograph, to afford ventilation. They are cheaply built of bamboo poles thatched with grass or palm leaves and are very inflammable.
IN THE TRENCHES NEAR CALOOCAN.
The photograph shows a portion of Major Kobbea s command in the trenches before Caloocan, awaiting
orders to advance.
a You say this happened a week ago?a he interrogated. a a Then I am ruineda utterly, hopelessly ruined!a
a And wherefore all this disaster?a inquired the surgeon, composedly.
a Because of my failure to report the big fight,a explained the wounded correspondent. a The other fellows have at least sent in a late account long before this.a
Notwithstanding which calamity, the surgeon looked down at his patient and smiled serenely.
a If that be the extent of your troubles,a he said, slowly, a you have nothing further to worry over. In your delirium on the way here you mentioned the report of that battle so repeatedly that I
realized it must be of mementous consequence to you. Hence, when I found the copy tucked away in your coat pocket, I took occasion to add a few words relative to your subsequent splendid behavior in our own little fight, and immediately upon arriving, filed it with the censor. It was cabled even before the official news of the battle was received here.a
And so it happened that, in spite of the censor and the intervening Filipinos, the correspondent made his a scoopa and won merited distinction.