THE PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES. 31
smaller, though his mind increases in power as the body decreases. Their staple crops are rice, sugar-cane, maize, indigo, and coffee. The principal export is pearls, to secure which they often dive a hundred feet.
The Sultan, or " Stainless One," is the despotic head of the State and Church. His palace, constructed of wood, stands in the centre of the new capital of Maybun. He displays considerable pomp, and lives in ease and luxury, surrounded by a throng of sultanas. This power holds many slaves, captives obtained in their wars, or children born of them. With this fanatical people it would seem the American government is likely to have its most serious trouble, when brought into direct contact with them. At present an armistice or compromise has been arranged by which they are to remain under their local authority, but acknowledging fealty to the republic. How long this will last or how creditable it is to republican ideas of government remains to be seen.
On the southern islands are the visayas, a half-breed pople composed of the bloods of the Tagalogs and the Mussulmans or Sulus. They are a sullen, savage, thievish race, whose ances-On the southern islands are the visayas, a half-breed pA(c)ople composed of the bloods of the Tagalogs and the Mussulmans or Sulus. They are a sullen, savage, thievish race, whose ances-