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The Great White Tribe in Filipinia   By: (1876-1953)

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The Great White Tribe in Filipinia


Paul T. Gilbert

Cincinnati: Jennings and Pye New York: Eaton and Mains

Copyright, 1903, by Jennings and Pye


The legendary white tribe that is said to wander in the mountains of Mindoro is but distantly related to the Great White Tribe now scattered through the greater part of Filipinia. Extending from the Babuyanes off Luzon, to Tawi Tawi and Sibutu off the coast of Borneo, the Great White Tribe has made its presence felt throughout the archipelago.

The following pages are the record of my own impressions and experiences in the Philippines. The few historical and geographical allusions made have been selected only as they were significant, explanatory, picturesque. A logical arrangement of the chapters will enable the reader to survey the islands as a great bird hovering above might do will make the map of Filipinia "look like a postage stamp."

I promise that the reader shall be introduced to all the most important members of the Great White Tribe, as well as to the representatives of races brown and black. We will peep through the hedge together as the savages and pagans execute their grotesque dances or perform their sacrifices to the god of the volcano. Furthermore, the reader shall attend the Oroquieta Ball with Maraquita and Don Julian, or, if he likes, with "Foxy Grandpa" and "The Arizona Babe."

I ought to dedicate this book to many people, to that wonderful brown baby Primitivo, who has written that he "loves me the most best of all the world;" to "Fresno Bill," that charter member of the Great White Tribe, with whom I have knocked around from Zamboanga to Vigan; or to that coterie of college men in old Manila who extended me so many courtesies while I was there. I send them all my compliments from the homeland, and ask the reader, if he will, to do likewise.

Cincinnati, Ohio,

December, 1903.


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I. In Old Manila, 9 II. All About the Town, 23 III. The White Man's Life, 36 IV. Around the Provinces, 50 V. On Summer Seas, 67 VI. Among the Pagan Tribes, 80 VII. A Lost Tribe and the Servants of Mohammed, 97 VIII. In a Visayan Village, 121 IX. The "Brownies" of the Philippines, 142 X. Christmas in Filipinia, 150 XI. In a Visayan Home, 163 XII. Leaves from a Note book, 181 1. Skim Organizes the Constabulary, 181 2. Last Days at Oroquieta, 195

XIII. In Camp and Barracks with the Officers and Soldiers of the Philippines, 223

XIV. Padre Pedro, Recoleto Priest. The Routine of a Friar in the Philippines, 236 XV. General Rufino in the Moro Country, 254 XVI. On the Iligan Marahui Road, 270 XVII. The Filipino at Play, 280 XVIII. Visayan Ethics and Philosophy, 292


Map of Filipinia, Frontispiece   Facing Page In Old Manila, 8 All About the Town, 26 On Summer Seas, 68 Negrito Pigmy Vagrants, 98 Our Latest Citizens, 120 In a Visayan Village, 128 A Carabao, 144 The Oldest Cathedral of Manila, 238 General Rufino in Moro Country, 256 Captain Isidro Rillas with the Datto, 256 A Deserted Moro Shack, 274 Moro Weapons (Spear and Dirk), 274

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