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Natural Beauty of the Archipelago.
perity and activity must come to them, as it has come to other lands, and those long-neglected and abused islands be made to " bud and blossom like the rose."
Certainty of conviction and opinion, too, leads me to affirm that, with sanitary arrangements in all the cities, with hygienic living, and American enterprise, philanthropy, and valor in the islands, and free educational facilities eventually, aall will manifestly increase the morale of the islanders and develop a just appreciation of the natural beauties of their bounteous realm ; hence, what is now confusedly enjoyed and but vaguely beheld in nature, will, in a comparatively brief period, become simple, clear, sympathetic, and clearly formulated to their apprehension.
And all this, as wrell as many other allied benefits co-existent with a permanent American occupation, will come with personal education, personal elevation ; and without lessening the labor-producing quality of the native, or the outward physical radiation that constitutes his health and vigor. Health, like knowledge, will come to him in ever-widening circles, and Nature, in full festivalaas she is during the greater part of the Philippine yearawill also appeal to him as she has never appealed before.
All this may be hazardous prophecy ; it may appear optimistic, aesthetic, and fanciful, but I have talked with many rude untutored natives, that, frankly, astonished me with the unwitting revelation
A MESTIZA FLOWER-GIRL.A MESTIZA FLOWER-GIRL.