National Geographic : 1899 Feb
64 THE ECONOMIC CONDITION OF THE PHILIPPINES Company, which has not yet been able to make its electric power station yield a good dividend. There are horse-car lines in the city, and a steam street rail way runs to Malabon, a large village situated to the north. Besides the private vehicles, there are in the city a large num ber of hackney coaches. These are divided into three classes: the carruajes (landau, with two horses), quiles (two-wheelers, closed, door behind, one horse), and carromatas (two-wheelers, drawn by one horse). The latter are also used in the interior, so far as there are any roads. The transport of goods is carried on by means of two-wheeled carts, drawn each by a buffalo and holding some 1,000 kilos. Life for foreigners in the Philippines is quite agreeable, and particularly so in Manila, where there are comfortable resi dences; nor is there lack of company, excursions, and other sources of recreation. In other respects, also, creature comforts are by no means neglected, provided the requirements are not too high. If once the city and its neighborhood were developed in the manner indicated, there would be little lacking to make life there thoroughly agreeable. Manila would then soon sur pass all other tropical towns as regards health and comfort. What the future may bring to the rich and beautiful Philip pine islands it is difficult to say. It is, at all events, my sincere hope that this insular domain may soon blossom forth into that degree of importance to which it is by nature entitled. A RECENT report of the British vice-consul at Hodeida on the Red sea contains some interesting information concerning the province of Yemen. Mocha, once its capital and the queen of the Red sea, has now only ruins to show what its glory was in the fifteenth century. Zabud, also a city of note in ancient times, is now a center of the trade in hides and skins. Except weaving a kind of cloth, dyeing, making mats and ropes, and building sailing vessels, there are no manufacturing industries. All the food grains are cultivated, however, and but for the un settled state of the province and the want of education, the inhabitants would, it is said, be rich and prosperous. Hodeida is connected with the outer world by a line of mail steamers, and a weekly mail is sent to the chief towns of the interior. It is also connected by telegraph with Mocha and Sana, and with foreign countries through Perim. The population of the province is estimated at 3,000,000.