The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy

Florence Partello Stuart
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Moro Jungle Boy, by

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Title: The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy A Book for
Young and Old
Author: Florence Partello Stuart
Release Date: August 26, 2007 [EBook #22407]
Language: English
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The Adventures of Piang The Moro Jungle Boy
A Book for Young and Old

By Florence Partello Stuart
Illustrated By Ellsworth Young
New York The Century Co. 1917

Copyright, 1917, by The Century Co.
Copyright, 1916, by David C. Cook Publishing Company Copyright,
1917, Boys' Life The Boy Scouts Magazine
Published September, 1917

To "Buddy"

I The Charm Boy 6 II The Floating Island 32 III The Hermit of Ganassi
Peak 51 IV The Fire Tree 78 V Riding the Cataract 108 VI The Jungle
Menace 129 VII The Secret of the Source 157 VIII The Juramentado
Gunboat 193 IX The Bichara 223 X Piang's Triumph 251


Slowly he swam downward, conscious of a large body moving near
him Frontispiece Rising to his feet, spear poised, he waited 17 His
hands closed over something 36 On its neck it supported a weird
creature 70 "The boom! We must cut it!" 87 With hands outstretched
above his head, he waited for the great moment 122 Piang reached up
on tiptoe to pluck a ripe mango 139 Gracefully the little slave-girl
eluded Piang and Sicto 149 Over and over they rolled, splashing and

fighting 167 A shrill whistle echoed through the forest 210
"Juramentado! Gobernado!" faintly whispered Piang 227 The water
spout caught the eggshell praus in its toils 261

"Do you know the fragrant stillness of the orchid scented glade, Where
the blazoned, bird-winged butterflies flap through?"

Piang is a real boy. Dato Kali Pandapatan is a real Moro chief. The
Moro is not a Filipino.
When I returned from my life among the natives of the lower
Philippines, I was appalled to find that America was not only ignorant
of, but entirely indifferent to our colonies across the seas. The general
impression seemed to be that Manila was a delightful Spanish city, and
that Manila was the Philippines. That there are several thousand little
islands in the Philippine group, each harboring its distinct tribe, each
with its own dialect and religion, was entirely unknown. Impressed by
the nobility of the Moro in contrast to the other tribes of the
archipelago, by his unfortunate treatment and his possibilities for
development, I found myself taking up his cause, and was repaid by
intense interest wherever I launched forth on my pet subject. I was so
successful that gradually I began to idealize the Moro, weaving around
him, not the "might have beens," but the "might be's." Hence, "The
Adventures of Piang."
Many of our military heros of other days share the honors with Piang;
their exploits and privations are a romance in themselves, and among
these pages the army and navy will recognize stories that have long
since become history. I am indebted to Dean Worcester for statistics
and a great deal of information on the origin and development of the
Moro. Indeed some of Piang's adventures are actual incidents of Dean
Worcester's travels. Robinson and Foreman have given me much
material, and I find their books authentic and true chronicles of the

Malay people. But most of all I am indebted to that great and wise man,
Colonel John P. Finley, United States Army, who during his term as
civil governor of the Moro provinces, did more to help a down-trodden
people than any Christian who has ever attempted to bring them to the
true light.
Anticipating carping criticisms from geographic purists, the author is
ready to admit taking liberties with longitudes and latitudes, juggling
lakes and mountains to the envy of Atlas, in order to serve the
picturesque and romantic purposes of Piang.
Some of the stories in this volume appeared in the juvenile magazines,
"St. Nicholas," "What To Do," and "Boys' World," and are reprinted
through the courtesy of the editors.

In the warm Celebes Sea, four hundred miles south of Manila, lies the
romantic, semi-mysterious island of Mindanao, home of the Moro. For
three centuries Spain struggled to subjugate this fierce people, with
little or
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