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52 The Philippines and the Far East.
cruelty to dumb animals. The people have never been allowed to have the Bible, with its lessons of love and tenderness toward all creatures that God has made. The people who were their examples were the people who founded and maintained the Inquisition with all its bloody and fiendish cruelties visited upon men and women, and that in the name of the compassionate Christ!
The passion for gambling is a serious fault in the Filipino character. After two years in the Islands I am convinced that gambling is the wrorst vice of the country. The natives do not drink to excess. But as a people they are victims to this baleful habit. I have known men to pay twro hundred per cent interest for money with which to back a favorite game-cock. They will stake their last bit of property, and even w-ager their children or their wives, so mad is their infatuation. Our cook does not own a single garment that he is wearing. He has wagered his very garments on cock-fights, while his family suffers for food. The habit bears the wrorst possible economic fruit. Hoping for the easy gains of the card game or the cock-pit, idleness loses its blameworthiness. Debts piled high by reverses in the gallera or with the fascination of panginga or monte cards, bring the gambler into a bondage from which he sees no escape except by again wooing the fickle fates of games of chance. Aguinaldo shut every cock-pit, and as nearly as possible stopped all gambling, while he was at the head of the Insurrection government, and he is now issuing pamphlets to his people begging them to abandon the evil practice. The former captain-general of the Insurrection says:
aAgain I must caution you against gambling of all kinds. Happy will be the day when our provincial governors and municipal presidentes take steps to stamp outa Again I must caution you against gambling of all kinds. Happy will be the day when our provincial governors and municipal presidentes take steps to stamp out