TWENTY YEARS IN TIIE PHILIPPIN KS.
mands.aAs at Lacedaemonia, thought I, for there old age was honoured.aThe laws are perpetuated by tradition, as the Tinguians have no idea of writing. In some instances they tpply the punishment of death. When the fatal sentence has been pronounced, the Tinguian who has merited it must escape, if he wishes to avoid it, and go and live in the forests ; for, the old men having spoken, all the inhabitants are bound to perform their orders. Society is divided into two classes, as with the Tagalocs, the chiefs and the commonalty. Whoever possesses and can exhibit to the public a certain number of china vases is considered a chief. These jars constitute all the wealth of the Tinguians. We were still conversing about the natives of the country when we reached Manabo. My guide had scarcely ceased talking all the way from Laganguilan.
My attention was now attracted by some flames that were issuing from under a cabin, where a large fire was burning. Around it many people were sitting, howling like wolves.
"Ah ! ah !" said my guide, seemingly very pleased ; " here is a funeral. I did not tell you anything about these ceremonies ; but you will judge for yourself of what they are. It will be time enough to-morrow. You must be tired. I will take you to my day-cabin, and you may repose yourself without any danger of the Guinans, for a funeral compels a great many people to be on the watch all night."
I accepted the offer made to me, and we took possession of the Tinguian cabin. It was my turn to take the first watch, and my poor Alila, a little more at his ease, fell into a sound sleep. I followed his example, after my watch, and we did iot wake up until it was broad daylight.
We had scarcely finished our morning repast, composed of xiuney-potatoes, palms, and dried venison, when my guide OiWe had scarcely finished our morning repast, composed of xiuney-potatoes, palms, and dried venison, when my guide Oi