OUR ISLANDS AND THEIR PEOPLE.
governor-general of] the day, and the great meet lasted three days, when prizes were awarded to the winners. Ponies which had won races in Manila brought from $300 to $1,000.
In some portions of the islands troops of ponies are found roaming wild in the forests. Each troop is governed in their wanderings by an old male, who has conquered his position of leadership by superior strength and courage, and who, when his powers fail, is superseded by another. When danger threatens, they close their ranks, and present an unbroken circle of heels to the enemy, the colts being placed in the center of the circle. There are but few wild beasts that will venture to attack such a fortification. When these troops fall in with the domesticated ponies, the latter generally assert their spirit of independence by rushing away with them in a wild stampede, and thereafter it is claimed they become more untamable than their wild associates, doubtless because they retain a memory of the trials of their period of servitude. The ordinary wild pony, on the other hand, is easily domesticated, and becomes exceedingly docile. They have no fixed place of abode or repose, frequenting the richest pastures, and resting at
perated, the fight would become generala each one against the others. Whenever they got within reach of the mare, she would launch out a kick with her hind f .et, but of course her sex protected her from retaliation. The bloody contest lasted for over an hour, by which time they were all pretty well exhausted, but not one was disposed to yield. No one was the conqueror in the end, each having received about an equal share of bites on the neck and kicks on the trunk, and they were all driven off bleeding.a
The ordinary native has no conception of the proper treatment of ponies, his idea being, generally, that this highly nervous animal can be managed by brute force and the infliction of heavy punishment. Sights as painful as they are ridiculous often present themselves, of a native avenging himself on his pony because the poor beast cannot guess the will and pleasure of the rider or driver, who does not know how to teach him. Unfortunately, the lower class native feels little attachment to any animal but the buffalo, or carabao, as it is called, and the family pig. And, by the way, one of the curious sights to an American visiting the Chinese and native quarters is the ever-present pig; but as pigs are not
A FILIPINO COUNTRY HOUSE OF THE BETTER CLASS.
Most of the native country houses in the interior of Luzon are built like this. They are very light and inflammable, and many of them were destroyed by the
native army or their owners, on the approach of the Americans.
night in dry or sheltered locations. They manifest a peculiar dread of storms and high winds, and a loud clap of thunder will put a whole troop to flight in the utmost disorder.
Wild stallion ponies are sometimes caught and utilized by the natives for a species of sport that probably has no counterpart anywhere else in the world. Cock-fighting is the national amusement, but horse-fighting is a royal sporta if it may be called sucha that is unique in its ferociousness, and none but a Spaniard or a Malay would ever think of putting it into practice. Foreman, who witnessed such a fight, describes it as follows:
a We went up to the balcony at the back of the house. I was to see a sight the like of which I had never yet witnesseda a horse-fight. In the middle of a paddock facing the balcony, a mare was tied up to a post with about three yards of slack rope. Three stallion ponies were then loosened, and off they trotted to the mare. Whenever a pony approached her he became the common rival and enemy of the other two, and a desperate combat ensued. They kicked and bit each other terribly. At times, all being exas-
allowed at large, they have an ingenious method of tying them by the ears. They cut a small hole through the piga s ear, one-half to an inch in diameter; through this hole they insert a rope, with a large knot on one end. This rope securely confines the piga s liberties about the premises. The same sights are also often seen on the native boats, and even on the swell steam launches plying on Manila Bay. Transporting pigs through the streets of Manila will always attract a crowd, although the sight is a very common one. The legs of the pig are securely tied together and it is then suspended on a long pole resting on the shoulders of two native carriers. The pig with his legs up and head down makes about as much noise while in transit as the proverbial pig under a gate in the State 01 Missouri, and never fails to hold the crowd.
It is a very common sight to see a hen or a rooster staked out in a dooryard of a native house. Game cocks are picketed just as the plainsman pickets his pony. A string is tied to the leg of the fowl, and a small wooden peg is tied to the other end. When the native makes a visit he carries the fowl, and when he stops to
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