National Geographic : 1929 Sep
JAVA, QUEEN OF THE EAST INDIES PLAYING NURSEMAID TO A FIELD OF YOUNG RICE Modern methods have made little impression on the Javanese rice farmers, who still cling to their age-old methods. The seed is sown in well-watered nursery beds, and after the plants have obtained a start they are gathered in small bunches and transplanted to larger fields, where they are set out about a foot apart. © National Geographic Society Autochromes by W. Robert Moore ZEBU CATTLE AND A COVERED WAGON CARRY SUGAR CANE TO THE MILLS Java is one of the world's chief producers and exporters of sugar and the cane has been grown there for centuries. The driver of this equipage, regarding the camera as possessed of an "evil eye," stubbornly refused to be photographed and hid himself far back in the cart. At the left is a field of growing cane.