Report of the Philippine Commission to the President, Volumes 1-2

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1901
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Page 259 - ... elasticity, color, and uniformity. Philippine tobacco, which up to a short time ago was considered second best in the world, on account of its agreeable aroma, fine veins, and notable elasticity, has recently lost much of its reputation. Tobacco coming from the province of Isabela de Cagayan is considered the best in the Philippines. That from the Visayan Islands is coarser, more unequal in color, and of greater strength. The tobacco from Nueva Ecija is fine, but somewhat bitter in taste and...
Page 224 - Petroleum. — In the island of Cebu petroleum has been found associated with coal at Toledo on the west coast, where a concession has been granted. It is also reported from Asturias. to the north of Toledo, on the same coast, and from Algeria to the south.
Page 225 - In this range copper ore has been smelted by the natives from time immemorial, and before Magellan discovered the Philippines. The process is a complicated one, based on the same principles as the method of smelting sulpho.salts of this metal in Europe and America. It consists in alternate partial roasting and reduction to "matte" and eventually to black copper. It is generally believed that this process must have been introduced from China or Japan. It is practiced only by one peculiar tribe of...
Page 226 - The country rock is described as a large quartzite lens embedded in a great mass of trachyte. An attempt has been made by white men to work these deposits, but with no considerable success. The failure does not seem to have been due to the quality or quantity of ore found. Lead and silver.
Page 225 - Greenwich or 124 38' east of Madrid. The range of which data forms one peak trends due north to Cape Lacay-Lacay and forms a boundary for all the provinces infringing upon it. Data itself lies in the Province of Lepanto. In this range copper ore has been smelted by the natives from time immemorial, and before Magellan discovered the Philippines. The process is a complicated one, based on the same principles as the method of smelting sulpho-salts of this metal in Europe and America. It consists...
Page 50 - A limy and the Pacific Ocean or Bay of Lagonoy. The northern part of the province is crossed by many large rivers and covered by high mountains having luxuriant vegetation on them. These mountains form a chain, which is a continuation of that traversing the province of Tayabas.
Page 212 - Taypan also there are hot springs whose composition is unknown to us, but which are used by the natives with good results for diseases of the bladder and cutaneous diseases. Besides the water is used as an efficacious purgative in many cases. Finally, to the southeast of Bauan, near Point Cazador, there is another small spring, to which all afflicted with rheumatism and paralysis resort in search of relief from their sufferings, and which they usually find. "The volcano of Taal is found in this same...
Page 308 - See chapter on the mammals of the islands, in Report of US Philippine Commission, 1900, iii, pp. 307-312. At its end is the statement that but one species of monkey is known, and one other is reported, to exist in the Philippines ; and that " the various other species of monkey which have been assigned to the Philippines by different authors are myths pure and simple.
Page 105 - At 21 miles from the northern mouth the river divides into two arms, which enter the sea 4$ miles apart. In the northern part of Mindanao is the province of Surigao, bordered on the north by the Surigao Sea, on the east by the Pacific, on the south by the District of Davao, and" on the west by the territory of the infieles. It is mountainous, but the Christian population resides on the coasts and in the northern point of the territory. The population is 95,775, distributed among 45 pueblos, 10 barrios,...
Page 314 - L.) split into thin, flat plates, and cut into squares some 2 inches on a side, are almost universally used in place of window glass. They are fitted into sliding wooden frames, and when in place serve to modify the glare of the tropical sun, producing much the effect of ground glass. The shells of the enormous giant clams of the genus Tridacna sometimes attain a length of 5 or 6 feet, and weigh Hundreds of pounds.

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