Cincinnati, New York:
Jennings and Pye; Eaton and Mains,
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The Philippine Archipelago.
in the degree to which they can be applied; and during this year (1903) such has been the vigilance of the health authorities in Manila, cholera has been held in check in the face of what would have been insuperable difficulties under Spanish rule.
As a practical proof of the comparative heathfulness of the Philippine Islands, the experience of the American army is conclusive.
Though exposed to the full effects of the climate, the health of the troops has averaged but little less satisfactorily than while in barracks in Kansas or Texas or Dakota.
The monsoon, or wet season, is commonly reported to be the most trying for Americans.
It usually begins about the middle of July, and continues with more or less severity for three months. During these months the normal rainfall in central Luzon is one hundred inches, or eight feet on the level. Rivers are flooded, roads become bottomless, bridges are washed out, and all the earth is soaked. As a matter of fact, this season is one of the most enjoyable in the whole year. With the exception of two or three storms, either amounting to typhoons, or, at the least, to furious wind and rain lasting from one to ten days each, this much dreaded season is one of alternate