National Geographic : 1927 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE (OPublishers' Photo service A FULL LOAD A coolie carrying bananas to the cars for transportation to shipping centers. Of a sturdy, wiry race, the East Indians work hard and save their wages for the great day that means they may return to India in comfort. The customs officials are quick and courteous in their bird's-eye examination of the luggage, and out you step into the warm sunshine with the keys of the isle in your pocket in the form of travelers' checks or greenbacks. Then you are pleasantly startled by hearing yourself ad dressed from a dozen directions in a beau tifully modulated and generally gram matical English: "Sir, may I have the honor of conveying you and milady to your destination? Your carriage awaits." You recover sufficiently to grasp that the expert services of chauffeurs, surrey drivers, and baggage carriers are desirous Charleston step of of enlisting under your flag. It is well to ac cept their offer, for, although but a short distance from the splendid Myrtlebank and other smaller ho tels, the voyager from the frozen north quickly realizes that El Sol is both high and hot, and, until one becomes acclimated, a few minutes' walk at sea-level brings the pearly gleam of mois ture to the brow and a desire for the shady side of the street-if any! GETTING LOCAL COLOR To garner a maxi mum of enjoyment from a stay in Kings ton one must know a good deal of her tragic history and romantic past, for the city, as such, does not rival Paris in beauty, even though creature com forts are at hand. Like most tropical settle ments, Kingston has learned by experience that, while the sky scraper may be some thing to gaze at in wonder, its pride might descend with a Mother Earth. There- fore hewers of wood and stone use excel lent judgment in constructing their roof trees, both for business and home, hotel, or theater, quite near to the ground, so that the dwellers within, when an earth tremor comes, will not be put to the trou ble of taking a high dive out of a window on the tenth floor and trusting to luck that a hay wagon is passing conveniently along at the important and needed moment! Luckily there are seldom indications of earth nervosity these days and no one in Jamaica seems to give the subject a thought.