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The Philippine 'Islands.
will probably do what Spanish ignorance and inertness have failed to accomplish.
w7here the precious metal is found.
Till now, much of the gold found has been near the coast, and accessible. The principal districts are Mambulao, in Luzon, the islands of Cion, Mindoro, Mindanao, and Panaon, a small island north of Mindanao. It is a well-known fact that the natives in the interior of Luzon, a district only partly explored, traffic in gold. And it is believed that the mountains in the centre of the
ANOTHER GLIMPSE OF THE GREAT STONE-BRIDGE.
island are the sources of the alluvial deposits so freely gathered. In the districts mentioned there is not a streamahowever smalla that does not bear in its sands some evidence of the presence of gold ; and heavy nuggets are occasionally brought in from the interior.
For the present, however, only the edges of the gold districts can be worked. The absence of roads must long prove an insuperable obstacle even to English and American capital and inven-For the present, however, only the edges of the gold districts can be worked. The absence of roads must long prove an insuperable obstacle even to English and American capital and inven-