OUR ISLANDS AND THEIR PEOPLE.
VIEW OF PASIG RIVER AND A PORTION OF THE LUNETA.
Showing also portions of the Spanish fortifications at Manila, which General Wheeler declares are the finest specimens of medieval military architecture in the world.
and applies it inveterately. Her husband is content with cigarettes, but she smokes raw, black, native cigars and chews the end, and spits with the accuracy and abandon of a trooper on duty. Her body and limbs are attenuated, because the fruition of her land is not of the flesh-building nature.
a She knows no girlhood, because the torrid sun turns children into mothers and mothers into grandmothers at the age the white woman of the north is looking for a husband. She dies stoically and with ease, because her land is not a health resort, and its diseases are various and loathsome. They get at the heart of the matter, sometimes leisurely, ofttimes with a rush and untenderly. Her vitality is a fleeting thing at best, and she does not shriek at death.
a She is a dwarf, as are the chickens, horses and dogs of her island. The tropics do not mould humans of massive brawn, and the habits of the Filipino woman are not healthful.
a She knows no passion unless it be for her first man-child. Her love is neither a tempest nor a tor-
rent, as are the affections of some women who live close to the great yellow eye of the tropics. Her love is not a thing for which to live and die. She knows not the despair which embraces death, nor the romance of the moment which draws the curtain and reveals heaven glimpses. Her nature cannot contain an avenging fury. Her hates are mild things; her loves are perishable. Her ties of kinship are ineffable.
a The drudgery of her life has fed upon the ardor of her soul, and her eyes are things with which to stare stolidly and not flash fire.
a She is mildly devout. Religion to her is an inflexible duty bred in her babyhood. It is partly fear, partly pleasure, but in it there is no fervor of intensity or fanaticism.
a And she is virtuousa calmly, invariably, assiduously so. The black man is sufficient unto the maiden for a husband, and the husband of her own race is sufficient unto the
A wife. The coming of the white man has in no
THE ORIENTAL HOTEL, AT MANILA.