OUR ISLANDS AND THEIR PEOPLE.
SCENE IN PACO, ISLAND OF LUZON.
This is a small place a short distance east of Manila, and connected with that city by a tramway.
and docile, and are rarely known to resent the cruelties inflicted upon them, either by manifestations of stubbornness or in any other way. They are fed on rice, molasses and grass, and appear to be satisfied if they get enough of either to measurably relieve their hunger.
The Philippine pony is not an indigenous animal, but it is said to have originated from the small Andalusian horse and the Chinese mare. They are swift, strong and elegant animals when well cared for, and manifest their appreciation of whatever kindness is shown them by evidences of intelligent affection that are remarkable. While they seem to have lost the high spirit of their blooded ancestors, they have retained their hardiness and endurance to a
In this scene our troops are driving the Filipinos from their works, as usual, and advancing from trench to trench before the final irresistible charge.
remarkable degree. Since the advent of the Americans they have been substituted for artillery horses and as mounts for the cavalry, and have proved highly effective in both capacities. Prices for these ponies formerly ranged from $25 for ordinary animals to $150 for fancy specimens, but the demand produced by the requirements of the American military service has caused an upward tendency.
A number of efforts have been made to introduce breeds of larger horses, but always without success. The importation of Spanish and Australian horses has resulted in failure, as they cannot endure the climate. Enthusiasts have, from time to time, urged the authorities to interest themselves in the improvement of
the breed, and during the acting-gov-ernorship of Senor Molto, in 1888, his son was sent with a commission to British India to purchase breeding horses and mares. A number of fine animals were brought to Manila by the commissioners; but the newly - appointed governor-general, Wenceslao Weyler, disapproved of the measure, and the stock was sold to the public.
Pony races take place at Santa Mesa, every spring. They were organized by the Manila Jockey Club, and during the Spanish era were usually patronized by the