OUR ISLANDS AND THEIR PEOPLE.
from the lake. Matters continued so until the 10th of July, when there fell a heavy shower of mud as black as ink. The wind changed its direction, and a suburb of Sala, called Balili, was swamped with mud. This phenomenon was accompanied by a noise so great that the people of Batangas and Bauan, who that day had seen the galleon from Acapulco passing on her home voyage, conjectured that she had saluted the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Cagsaysay. The noise ceased, but fire still continued to issue from the crater until the 25th of September.
Stones fell at night; and the people of Taal had to abandon their homes, for the roofs were falling in with the weight upon them.
The chronicler was at Taal at this date, and in the midst of the column of smoke a tempest of thunder and lightning raged and continued without intermission until the 4th of December.
The night of All Saintsa day was a memorable one (November 1st), for the quantity of falling fire-stones and ashes increased, gradually diminishing again toward the 15th of November. Then, on that night, after vespers, great noises were heard. A long, melancholy sound dinned in onea s ears; volumes of black smoke arose; an infinite number of stones fell, and great waves proceeded from the lake, beating the shores with appalling fury. This was followed by another great shower of stones, brought up amidst the black smoke, and lasted until 10:00 oa clock at night.
ON THE BRIDGE OF SPAIN, AT MANILA.
For a short while the devastation was suspended prior to the last supreme effort. All looked half dead and much exhausted after seven months of suffering in the way described.
On the 29th of November, from 7:00 oa clock in the evening, the volcano threw up more fire than all put together in the preceding seven months. The burning column seemed to mingle with the clouds; the whole of the island was one ignited mass. A wind blew. And as the priests and the mayor (alcalde) were just remarking that the fire might reach the town, a mass of stones was thrown up with great violence; thunder-claps and subterranean noises were heard; everybody looked aghast, and nearly all knelt to pray. Then the waters of the lake began to encroach upon the houses, and the inhabitants took to flight, the natives carrying
away whatever chattels they could. Cries and lamentations were heard all around; mothers were looking for their children in dismay; half-caste women of the Parians were calling for confession, and some of them
A TYPICAL COUNTRY HOUSE OF NORTHERN LUZON.
This is a very fine specimen of a Philippine country house, showing thatched walls and roof, and a shutterless door with bamboo steps leading to the entrance:
also a window provided with a hinged thatch shutter to be lowered in case of rain.