OUR ISLANDS AND THEIR PEOPLE.
After this chapter was written, we received a letter from an officer stationed near the country of the Tinguianes, from which we select the following interesting particulars regarding that singular people, who, it will be remembered, are tree-dwellers:
a Last week a party of five men obtained permission to be absent from the post from Saturday until Monday, for the purpose of going hunting. We were mounted on native ponies, with the exception of our two guides, who preferred to walk. We camped that night on the outskirts of a Tinguiane village about ten miles from Hagan. There were only five houses in the town, and these were built in trees, from fifteen to twenty-five feet from the ground, and reached only by ladders, which are pulled up at night into the hut
GENERAL, THOMAS MASCARDO.
General Mascardo was regarded as one of the most brilliant officers in the native army. Before the beginning of hostilities he was a school teacher at Cavite, and his intelligence and energy soon gained prominence for him.
after the natives get ready for bed, and it does not take them long to undress, as all the clothes they wear, both male and female, are a a Ga string, or a band of red cloth about three inches in width. The chief was quite friendly. He spoke broken Spanish sufficiently to hold a conversation, and seemed quite pleased when he learned our mission was an amicable one, and proposed to show us a deer ttfafiTn the morning. We posted sentries for the night, rolled in our government blankets and were soon asleep.
a Rising about 4:00 a. m., after a cup of black coffee and a few hardtacks, headed by the chief, Patin de Lillie, as I afterward learned his name to be, we marched uo the side of the mountain for
about one hour. Then, under his directions, we were stationed at separate posts. In a short time seven shots were fired in about as many seconds, and after waiting in vain fpr an hour or longer, no more game was discovered.
a Two deer, a doe and a fawn, were the cause of the firing, and we got them both. On our way back we succeeded in killing three wild hogs and one caraboa calf. We had all the game we wanted and made everlasting friends among the Tinguianes by giving them more than half of the caraboa.
a The chief was much astonished when he was shown the deadly power of our Krags, and would hardly believe his own eyes when we shot a bullet through an eighteen-inch tree; but what surprised
them most was the killing of two wild ducks by one of our party with a shotgun we had brought with us. All they could say was, a Americano mucho grande bomb-bomb.a a
Captain Theodore Schultz, of the 32d U. S. Infantry, writing from Narvacan, Island of Luzon, gives some interesting particulars regarding the Igorrotes, some of whom live in a wild state near that place. Captain Schultz was formerly a citizen of St. Louis, Mo., which will explain a local reference in the extract.
a I inclose you a picture of Igorrote women in the dress they wear when they enter the city. When at home they are almost nude. The men are not so particular, and when they come to the city they appear in the a altogether.a The Igorrote women are very fond of beads, and wear lots of them. The skirt they wear is what we would call a divided one, and they are a well-developed and graceful people. The Philippine woman carries water, wood, etc., on her head, and I have seen some good balancing acts, such as a woman getting over a fence with two jars of water on her head. In their homes they wear a long train to their dresses, and when they go out they take the dress from the front and bring it up between the limbs and tuck it in the waistband in the rear. This forms a sort of bloomer and gives freedom to the limbs. The election of city officials was held here a short time ago, and the natives for the first time elected people of their own choice as their representatives. Each town has its presidente, vice-presidente, delegado, justicia del de reutas, del de policia, and each wrard (called barrios here) has a head man, called a Cabaza,a and the Igorrote head man is called a hiefe.a All form a council and meet in what they call a a presidencia,a or city hall. This town has organized a police force of twenty-five men, and not long ago they lined up for my inspection. They also have a very good band here of fifty pieces, and I was very much surprised when I heard them play classical music, and some of the music from operas, such as a Fra Diavolo,a a Martha,a etc., sounded very familiar and reminded me of Uhriga s Cave. The band gives me a serenade twice a week, and one of the St. Louis papers had some notes of a ragtime piece with a cakewalk, that I gave to the band leader, who arranged it for his band and played it in church the next Sunday. The men recognized it at once as American music and encored it to the echo.
a These people have been held down by Spain so long that they will not be able to govern themselves for a long time. I had a hard time trying to convince one of the best men of the town that the world is round. He does not believe half I tell him about the eighteen-story buildings, phonographs, automobiles, biographs, etc. The people here have never seen anything like these, and one