OUR ISLANDS AND THEIR PEOPLE.
SCENERY IN THE MOUNTAINS OF LUZON.
This cave was occupied by Aguinaldo for some time while in hiding from the Spaniards, previous to his banishment to China.
coal in his breast. And he has clamored incessantly to his gods to send him a mode of vengeance. At last the gods heard and sent the white man from over the seaa sent the great wall of white troops, which made possible the vengeance of the few over the many, for in numbers the Macabebe is insignificant compared to the Tagalog. And the vengeance of the Macabebe has been riotously beautiful and lasting.
a So deep and inherent was the spirit of hatred that the Macabebe women were eager to have their sons, husbands and sweethearts go with Batson. They would do all the work, all the killing, the men vowed. All they cared for was the a walla to fall back upon. The nation made a king out of the white cavalry officer. He could have enlisted a regiment in a day, but his orders only called for a battalion. It was picked from the choicest stock of the male Macabebe product.
a Among the men were hemp gatherers, rice growers, drivers a and the greatest of all these was Jimmy the Tough. He was the first man in the first squad of the first company. He was not the largest of the picked men by any means, but he was gristle and granite from the rubbery soles of his bare feet to his crown of
black pompadour bristles. He was a sparkling black infanta this Jimmy. What his real name was nobody cared, after it was once down in the company books. He understood English and army tactics the same way as he bossed every other being of his colora by instinct. And just before the company marched out for Calum-pit, more women and girls wept on Jimmya s neck than on the combined members of any other squad. It was wholly inconceivable for any one but Jimmy to be placed at the head of the column.
a If, in trying to show what manner of soldiers were moulded under the hand of Lieutenant Batson, I should follow especially the doings of the wild, incorrigible, lovable Jimmy, it is not because he was a better or braver scout than the others, but only because he was so startlingly picturesque. And yet where the Tough was, there also were his tribesmen. They a soldiereda without feeling or fatigue. They became the eyes and fingers of the big northern and southern expeditions. The love they learned to feel for their leader was the one thing greater than their hatred for the Tagalog.
a The first fight of the scouts occurred late in October of last Word reached Lawton that a native force was concentrated
at the base of Arayat, the monster mountain of Luzon. This giant is near San Fernando, and rises like a new world from dank, dripping rice paddies as level as the sea. Batson and two companies of his scouts were sent out at midnight toward Libutad, where the fight was expected.
a It was one of those marvelous nights w7hich brush back for a moment all the concentrated murkiness of the rainy season, and shine out brilliantly alive. In spite of himself, one would think that the heavens had been a wall of phosphorus, which the
SPANISH GUNS OF ANCIENT PATTERN IN THE FORTIFICATIONS AT MANILA.