National Geographic : 1927 Jan
JAMAICA, THE ISLE OF MANY RIVERS A POPULAR BOULEVARD With a population of more than Soo,ooo, the hundreds of miles of maintains are thronged every day. ably reply with smiling dignity, "That is but an olden-time saying, sir." The building of the Panama Canal af forded the Jamaican negro an opportunity to earn some money, and at the same time to see what he thought was quite a bit of the world. During the construction period almost every ship that sailed from Kingston to Colon had its quota of work men bound for the Canal Zone. On the whole, the rural Jamaican negro is a likable individual; quite as irrespon sible as a child, usually as much given to exaggeration; indifferent enough to mo dernity to be picturesque, respectful and retiring enough to be interesting; and one retains pleasant memories of the natives, content to be what they are, and as a class, law-abiding in major matters, how ever much they may indulge in petty mis demeanors. THE GRAND CIRCLE OF EDEN We charter a sturdy automobile at a really reasonable price and start out on our tour around the island, leaving Kings ton over a road that follows the coast almost its entire length. Presently, at © Duperly and Son roadways which the island Harbor Head, we come to the Naval Watering Place established by Admiral Vernon, under whom served Lawrence Washington and for whom our shrine on the Potomac, Mount Vernon, was named. The old conduit is still visible. When the sailors found that it saved them from rolling heavy casks long distances in the hot sun, they said, "God bless the Admiral!" But when they found it cur tailed their shore leave, the saying was shortened and less pious! A little farther on is Albion, one of Jamaica's historic sugar estates, and be yond lie Yallahs and Morant Bay, the latter with its reminders and memories of the Rebellion of 1865, in which Gordon essayed to be the John Brown of Jamaica. He suffered the fate of Brown, but lost to the blacks all but the theoretical par ticipation in the affairs of the island. Swinging along a road over which you can comfortably make 25 miles an hour isn't a hardship, by any means, especially when the roadway passes through a beau tiful country dotted with quaint villages and Old World scenes.