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a guitaraplayed, I assure you, with the entrain of old Hungarian musicians.
aWhere did you learn this Spanish and American music?
I inquired of the younger boy.
aI have heard it played.a
a Heard it played? Have you not learned it with notes? aNo, sir; I cannot read music.a
One or all these boys a if I remember right a was or were the son or sons of the native provincial secretary. He told me that many boys and girls, even younger than his sons, can pick up any tune by ear, or soon learn to play any instrument, musical talent being inborn in the race. This was quite true, as I had ample opportunity to ascertain during my long stay in the islands.
Governor Phillips rescued me from the musicians to show me some native dancing. Native dancing, in the true sense of the word, does not exist at Cuyo, but adaptations of Spanish and Tagalo dances are given, modified evidently by age and usage.
The fandango, for instance, is merely the well-known Spanish dance, only somewhat slower. The man walks resolutely towards his lady partner, keeping step with the music and raising first one arm and then the other in a contortionate manner, while the girl stands immobile and impassive. Then the girl walks up towards him in a coquettish way, with a graceful swing of her body, to the accompaniment of music of the wildest kind, with terribly squeaky top notes on the violin.
Then comes quite an original dance of a somewhat violent character for Orientalsathe Pundo-pundo, or Anchor Danceaso called because it comes to a most abrupt end.
The Suring, although suggestive, if you know the meaning of it, is most graceful and quite dignified. The point of it consists in the determination of the girl not to let her partner dance in front of her, whereas, ever keeping time with the music, he must attempt to face heraand she, by rapid revolutions, constantly turns her back to him. The young man dances slowly behind his fair but presumedly unapproachable inamorata with hands patiently resting on his