OUR ISLANDS AND THEIR PEOPLE.
GROUP OF AMERICAN SOLDIERS JUST RETURNED FROM AN EXPEDITION INTO CENTRAL LUZON.
few shovelfuls of earth strengthening sufficiently almost any of the banks already constructed.
a Soon we found results of the morning's worka horrible-looking corpses of Filipinos, already swollen and distorted by the heat of the tropical sun. They lay in ghastly attitudes, with their death-wounds either exposed or marked by blood spots on their white clothing. It was difficult to realize that only this morning those same objects now lying there were living human beings, while now man and beast turn aside involuntarily and shun them.
Possibly that spot of smoldering bamboo marked the only home this one ever had, and its destruction was almost as quick to follow the match as was his poor soul's flight from the bullet. And this other hideous thing, still roasting and sputtering in the embers, had, perhaps, crawled into his hut only to perish with it and leave no trace on earth of his life or its accomplishment.
a Have you ever seen anything of this sort? Well, God forbid that you ever shall! It is our business, I suppose; it is what we are paid for, but
I hope nobody thinks we take pleasure in it, or imagines we can get satisfaction out of death and destruction.
a Along the road had been here and there little groups of nipa huts. They are built of bamboo and are as light and airy as they look, with the floor usually about four feet from the ground and a bamboo ladder leading to the door. The floors are of bamboo, with cracks between the strips. The walls are built in the same way, but the bamboo strips are set close or else thatched, in order to keep out the rain. Sliding windows in the more pretentious structures are replaced in poorer ones by thatched shutters, hinged at the top and propped open for light and air. The roof of thatch, made irom palm leaves, is close and compact and steep enough to be quite waterproof. Many, indeed most, of the huts had been burnt either by the insurgents when they retreated or by our men advancing, and dense clouds of rising smoke marked the lines of advance of our troops. In those left standing were evidences of hasty flighta partially cooked meals of rice, and occasionally a little meat, with now and then some puny tomatoes and bunches of bananas. The furniture was of the simplest, consisting usually of a few mats and some bamboo chairs, with an old chest or two filled with rags. But in every house was a crucifix or else a picture of the Virgin, and many houses contained several such pieces as the only decoration of their walls. Occasionally a mewing cat ran frightened from room to room, the sole remaining member of the family.
Lean and hungry curs barked in groups of three or four as we neared them, and
INTERIOR OF FILIPINO BREASTWORKS CAPTURED BY OUR SOLDIERS.