National Geographic : 1925 Nov
576 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE 0L starting life afresh. And ,i the old and honored )ub lic scribe-what use now his little writing box and oa literary flourishes, since ' his mother tongue would Sbe as naught in yonder land of an alien speech? o Many a village Evan C geline and her parted lover would vainly seek - each other in Greece's mountain-barred valleys or in widespread Ana i tolia. Here a child sobbed for a lost pet, and there a grandmother wep)t at o< the thought of some tiny 8 hill-t o pII i n g cemetery a henceforth abandoned to weeds and forgetfulness. And few were the con gregations who listened < dry-eyed to their pas tor's last sermon, or who without d eee P emotion fell in line outside the . door of their dismantled church to follow in the wake of priest and sa cred emblems down to H m the waiting ships. O- COMMISSION IS A1)()PTIED < FATHER OF I,I36,600 IMMIGRANTS Striking a fresh bal o ance sheet early in 1924 a and including therein the o exchanged Greeks still < to come, t he Refugee S Settlement Commission w found itself to be the officially a(lolptive father z of 1,136,600 immigrants, o f whom three-fifths were agriculturists. 0c Against this tremendous z debit t ihe Commission < held in NIacedonia and a West Thrace state-trans a ferred l a n d s totaling 1,250.oo000 acres, for colo sM nization purposes a nd w as loan guarantee s.