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For this shelter, furnished as it was, I paid the munificent sum of twenty-five pesos Mexican currency, or twelve and one-half dollars gold per month. CHAPTER IX 36 As my house was located over the second saloon in town--one of the regular, innocent, grocery-looking Filipino breed--and as it commanded a fine view of the plaza, guard mount, retreat, and Sunday morning church procession, I had at least all the excitement that was going in Capiz. ; the great church-bells struck the hours and threw in a frenzy of noise on their own account at some six or eight regular periods during the day; at twelve, noon, the village band stationed itself on the plaza to run a lively opposition to the bells; and at sunset the charming ceremony of retreat brought us all out to see the flag drop down, and to hear the clear, long bugle notes; and there were sick call, mess call, and several other calls.
I suspect its parent of having been coached up on modern French thought. However, that is not pertinent to the woman question. What I desire to do is to give a correct impression of a country where real conditions are such as I have described them, and ideal conditions have advanced to the point of a bill for female suffrage. CHAPTER XI Social and Industrial Condition of the Filipinos American and Tagalog Invaders of Visaya Compared--Doubt As to the Aptitude of Filipinos for Self-Government--Their Civilization Not Achieved by Themselves But Inherited from Spain--Their Present Personal Liberty--Belief of the Poor That Alien Occupation is the Root of Their Misery--How the Filipinos View Labor--Their Apathy Toward Machinery--Their Interest Centred Not in Industry But in Themselves--Their Hazy Conceptions of Government--Their Need of a Remodelled Social System--Their Jealousy Lest Others Make Large Profits in Dealing with Them--Zeal of the Aristocrats to Preserve Their Prerogatives--A New Aristocracy Likely to Be Raised by the American Public Schools.
Like me, he supposed it would take the form of Tikkia. But when I reached home and summoned the culprits before the bar of a "moral middle class," they were not disconcerted in the least. Romoldo stood upon high moral ground. Tikkia might or might not be married. It was nothing to him, and he did not know. She was an orphan of his acquaintance to whom he wished to do a kindness. Tikkia promptly drew up her skirt over the unexposed knee and showed a filthy sore which she said was caused by Pedro's playful habit of dragging her about on stony ground by the hair.
A Woman's Impression of the Philippines by Mary Helen Fee