National Geographic : 1925 Jul
REDISCOVERING THE RHINE Photograph from Ernest Peterffy A GOAT GIRL In western and southwestern Germany, small estates and peasant proprietors predominate, while large estates are found chiefly to the northeast. According to the most recent livestock census, the Republic has more than 4,000,000 goats, a figure considerably in excess of the number of horses. M2usturm originally meant "arsenal," and not mouse tower, and that the tale of the bishop-eating rodents was first circulated four centuries after Hatto's death. They made amends for our disap pointment by recounting a legend of the Nahe River, whose confluence with the Rhine we breasted just outside of Bin gen. The local count once bet Sir Boos of Waldeck a village that he couldn't quaff a hip boot filled with wine. Where upon the latter quaffed the fill of both his boots and demanded the delivery of two villages. "And now for Bingen !" said my friend anticipatively. It came in sight, a small- ish, hill-set town, simple and sweet, in the evening glow (see pages 24 and 25). "What, is that all ?" he exclaimed in a defrauded tone. "Why, Bingen is world famous on account of that poem. I thought" Whatever he may have expected, I found the town's sweet intimacy just the right background for the ballad. "A soldier of the Legion-dying at Algiers-lack of woman's nursing, dearth of woman's tears-for I was born at Bingen, at Bingen on the Rhine." These snatches of the classic recitation, deliv ered in German, came to us from one of our fellow voyagers.