National Geographic : 1924 Oct
404 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by J. Reeksta LATVIAN SOLDIERS ON THE ESPLANADE AT RIGA DURING A MILITARY COMPETITION During the last eight years five wars have swept over the little Latvian nation. It is an easy matter to remember the military strength of the country. They are a nation of 2,000,000, with a standing army of 20,000 and 2,000 Boy Scouts. Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams AN OLD COUPLE LIVING IN A FORMER GUN EMPLACEMENT SOUTHWEST OF RIGA Many of the small farmers, who formerly cultivated plots belonging to the Baltic barons, are now tilling their own soil. More than 19,ooo of them to-day are raising flax, hay and vegetables, or cattle and bees on land which has been taken from the Russian Crown properties and from large estates (see text, page 424).