128 THF. INHABITANTS OF THE PHILIPPINES
For four long years, slaughter and destruction have ravaged one of the fairest lands on earth, converting what might be a paradise into a pandemonium.
What evils have these poor Tagals not suffered in that time? Arbitrary imprisonment, torture, confiscation of property, banishment to unhealthy places, military executions, bombardments, the storming and burning of towns, indiscriminate slaughter, and the bubonic plague, added to the calamities they are always exposed toavolcanic eruptions, floods, earthquakes, typhoons, locusts, epidemics.
Famine seems to be the only calamity they have been free from, but even that may not be far distant.Famine seems to be the only calamity they have been free from, but even that may not be far distant.