THE PEARL OF THE ORIENT.
THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS.
IV/TANY geologists believe that a vast conti-1 A nent, rivalling in area any now existing, once extended from New Zealand on the south to the Mariana (Ladrones) and Hawaiian Islands 011 the north ; from the most eastern of the Polynesian Islands to the China and Sulu Seas on the west. According to this theory, the islands of the South Sea, including the extensive Archipelago of the Philippines, are the uplifted mountain peaks and highlands of the submerged hemisphere. Granting the plausibility of this assertion, the evidence remains that a large percentage of these islands are of coral or volcanic formation. Those under consideration belong largely to the latter class.