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anybody else to grapple with. Unfortunately there were the negroes. They thrived and multiplied in the favorable climate and their blood and that of the Spaniards mingled. Could it have been Saxon, Norman, Celt and Briton, Santo Domingo
named "the grand old man" of the island. Another is Miguel A. Roman, governor of Santiago province in the interior. These, and a few like them, are the brains and the stability of the people, and when the mongrels reach a deadlock in their tribal quarrels they turn to these men of pure white blood to help them out with sound advice. In the most recent of the island's troubles the name of Teliera is mentioned frequently as that of a man in whom the people have confidence and whose advice they are willing to follow.
On the other side of the equation you have the pure blacks, of whom there are quite a few in the island. These seem to be better men of their class than the people of mixed blood to whom I have applied the rather unpleasant term of mongrel. The great Hereaux, who ruled Santo Domingo vigously for many years, was of this type. He was a bloody tyrant, but he was a strong and fearless man. His rule was that of
the barbarian, but it at least had the elements of strength and courage. None of his successors seems to have possessed those elementary requirements. It took a strong hand to rule England in the days of the feudal system and England bred such men in plenty. Santo Domingo does not breed them, and it is doubtful if she ever will; yet her people, in spite of their consti
tution and claims to civilization, are living in feudal times still.
That brings us to a consideration of the qualities of the people themselves. A student of ethnology, or at least of . miscegenation, might spend a lifetime of study here and still find raw material ready to hand. The strange creature of vaudeville who has a black face, red hair, blue eyes and freckles is no joke here; he is a native and the color will not rub off. You see people as white as yourself with kinky hair and unmistakably negro features. You see blue eyes, straight yellow hair and dark skins. All the possib 1 e mixtures of white and black are here and some you would not believe possible. There has been added to the mixture Indian, Chinaman, Syrian, and I don't know what else.
Rich or poor, black or white, educated or savage, I have found the Dominican uniformly polite, gentle, and in personal dealings, honest. In the city he is a good deal of a Yankee. He knows how to skyrocket prices on the approach of the Americans, and he will beat you in a horse trade with all the holy joy