National Geographic : 1929 Aug
ST. MALO, ANCIENT CITY OF CORSAIRS 177 Photograph by John W. McFarlane SILHOUETTE ARTISTS' SCISSORS IAVE REPLACED CORSAIR CUTLASSES On the sands of St. Malo beach, once the gathering place of pirates, this clever Italian cuts black paper pictures of children and other visitors. Not even his prices are reminiscent of the robbers of the sea. He makes a likeness in 30 seconds and sells two for six cents. children are marching home, marshaled by middle-aged women or priests. The last touch has been given to the fortresses of sand which will be gone to-morrow. A woman in Breton costume passes-a little starched twist of lace for a cap, plush skirt, and lace-trimmed apron of brilliant green-a curiosity in to-day's monotony of style. Resorters are pulling down tents and rolling up tennis nets, for the tide is coming in apace, the sea again claim ing its own. A strip of sand shows white on Cezem- bre. Other little islands are black on a rolling, grasping, silvery sea, against a background of red. The fishing smacks are scudding for port and a hot meal. A plume of smoke floats from back of Petit Bey Island, the Southampton steamer making out on the rising tide. The last rays of the sun dropping into the sea tip the steep roofs of slate, and the waves now are breaking against the walls, throw ing spray high in the air, just as they started to batter these same walls 850 years ago.