OUR ISLANDS AND THEIR PEOPLE.
We marched over this road, through a succession of creeks and miry ditches, and at times we struggled through quagmires waist deep. We were marching along, the men in good humor and anxious for a fighta my company not having been in one, they wanted to learn what it was like. We were a part of the advance guard, and when within about two and a half miles of the city the fight began. Major Logan had invited the officers of his battalion to dinner on the night of November 10th, and he there told us how he was going to dispose of the companies of his battalion in case we met the enemy. He was very anxious for a fight, and said he knew his battalion would give a good account of itself. Well, when the fighting began, Company M, Capt. Greena s company, deployed to the right. My company (K) deployed to the left and Company I to the right of M, and L to the left of K. I will only write you of what Company K did in that fight, for after the fight opened up I saw but little of the other companies. We deployed in an open rice field, the growth being very thick and high, and, as usual, flooded with water. This made our movement slow and tedious.
and fell to the ground. This a man-in-the-treea business is a favorite sport of the Filipino, and it gave me much satisfaction when the above mentioned sharpshooter had been killed.
a We had advanced but a short distance from that point when Lieutenant Sherburne, the 3d Battalion adjutant, came up and brought the sad news of Major Logana s death. I yelled this to the men and the shooting began with a vengeance. Colonel Hare was with my part of the line from this time on and directed the fight from the most exposed places. It is a wonder he was not hit, for bullets were pretty thick at times. The Filipino, as a rule, shoots high, and our men, being mostly from the Southwest, are good shots. We crossed several more rivers before we got into town, and just before we entered we had another flooded rice field to pass over. This was harder to cross than the first one. Many of the men did some very gallant things, and the men showed personal bravery in many instances. One man of my company entered a hut that held five of the enemy and brought them outa five in all, one an officera and took them prisoners. When we
for at times the men would get stuck so fast in the mud that some one would have to go back and pull them out. This happened several times to the lietitenant-colonel, who was with my part of the line. The skirmish line advanced, firing volleys to comb out the rice field in front of us. Then we came to a stream, which we cros.sed, and about twenty feet from us were the Filipinos, fleeing from the trenches. They were very promptly brought down and the advance continued. We passed a thick clump of trees, when wre heard shots from Mausers, but could not locate where they came from. Colonel Brereton was near me at the time and .the bullets were falling so close around us they seemed to be directed at the Colonel and myself. Colonel Brereton said, a My ! this is getting uncomfortable, Captain; try and locate that fellow.a With two of my men I started in the direction of the sound, when the shooting suddenly ceased, and we continued on, and after advancing a short distance it began again, and the first sergeant, who had been sent around this clump of trees, discovered a Filipino sharpshooter up in a tree, and very promptly shot at him, killing him, and he toppled over
entered the city it was deserted, and my company did outpost duty that night at the northeast part of the city.a
Animals, Reptiles and Insects of the Philippine Islands.
One of the first things that every American notices on arriving at Manila is the cruelty of the natives to their domestic animals. They do not mean to be cruel, but the lack of interition does not lessen the pain of the suffering brutes. Filipino ponies are not much larger than a three-months-old American calf, but they are the universal carriage animal of the islands, and are frequently hitched to heavily-loaded 'drays and wagons, and unmercifully whipped to the performance of tasks much beyond their strength. Any driver in America who would flog his team as the natives of Manila habitually do theirs, would be arrested and fined for cruelty to animals. But the custom in the islands is so common that it does not attract the least attention, except from strangers. Yet, in spite of their ill-treatment, the little ratlike ponies are patient
FILIPINO HOUSES AND FURNITURE-
The houses, or a shacks,a represented in this photograph are not as good as the average of those found in the country districts on the Island of Luzon, but they represent a class that are occupied by vast numbers of working people. The furniture is better than the houses, as will be observed by the articles that are in use by the soldiers.