OUR ISLANDS AND THEIR PEOPLE.
courteous and considerate of their wants than the men of their own race, so that it wras a comfort and a pleasure to fall into the hands of these fierce foreign barbarians who had such big hearts and courtly manners. An army officer who saw a great deal of hard service in the interior of Luzon, describes how the women and children would come to the soldiers loaded down with peace offerings, and the surprise that would light up their dusky faces when they learned that they were neither to be killed nor robbed, but that the Americans had plenty of money and were willing to pay good prices for whatever they had to sell. a In the interior of this island,a writes the officer,
a the hitherto deserted and half-burned villages are filling up with the women and children as they came out from their late hiding places.
Curious is the attitude of these wretched remnants of families toward our men as scouting parties work their way in and through the little groups of half-destroyed nipa huts.
They come to the roadside with trays of native wickerwork laden with the delicious wild cherries, as large as our plums; or with mangoes and slices of the curious species of bread-fruit of the islanda all in neat cornucopias of the clean green banana leaf. Others carry huge joints of bamboo filled with water. Not long since a little group of women and children came into our lines from the front, and one of the little girls was doing her share of a toting/ as our darkies say. A little pig had
been bound round with small bamboo rods and cord until his wriggles had been restrained, and this queer bundle was the child's burden. The pig/s small
A FILIPINO CIRCUS.
Consisting principally of trapeze and sleight-of-hand performances, which are greatly enjoyed by the natives.
eyes were dancing, but all went well until we laughed loudly at the ridiculous sight. Then the little start of surprise caused by our shouts upset the balance of the little maiden and down dropped the pig, but no end-rush for Yale ever dropped more quickly or surely on pigskin than did that mite of a girl. Brown, bare arms and legs enfolded her treasure, and, lifting it again, she balanced it carefully 011 the little black head, and flashing a look of mingled reproach and triumph upon us, pattered after her elders down the dusty trail.a
If no misrepresentations had been made to these people by their leaders, and our own
SCENE IN A COUNTRY VILLAGE, ISLAND OF LUZON.
The Mestizo bride and groom on the left availed themselves of the opportunity to have their pictures extensively circulated over the world; and the bride is handsome
enough to justify this touch of feminine vanity.