Meanwhile the horrors at Batak had also aroused the indignation of Russia and the fears of Austria.
It presently developed that Batak was not an isolated example.
For at this time tidings of the massacres at Batak and elsewhere began to be fully known.
The most fearful tragedy, however, was at Batak, where over 1000 people took refuge in the church and churchyard.
The writer found almost identical beliefs and practices among the Batak and Tagbanua of Palawan.
Those of the last island are a very curious people, locally called “Batak.”
Twelve hundred persons, mostly women and children, took refuge in a church at Batak and were there burnt alive.
The Batak are not very numerous; their villages have been decimated by ravages of smallpox during the past five years.