National Geographic : 1923 Jan
THE ISLAND OF SARDINIA AND ITS PEOPLE THE WATER-SUPPLY SYSTEM OF SASSARI At the foot of a hill below the market, in the eastern section of Sassari, is the ever-flowing Fontana Del Rosello, the water of which is carried up to the city in barrels on the backs of donkeys. The baroque fountain dates from 1605 and is crowned by an equestrian statue of St. Gavinus, tutelary saint of the north part of the island, who is said to have been a Roman centurion before his conversion to Christianity (see text, page 29). mention a lean, underfed cur which is compelled to trot under the cart, to the shaft of which the poor animal is tied by a short rope. Sometimes the cart is so full that there is no room for the driver, who is com pelled to sit on one of the shafts and from there guide the unhappy horse. No springs deaden the violent jolts which bad roads impart to the vehicle; but the enthusiasm of the travelers is not at all abated by the incommodious cart, and the party finally arrives at the spot where the feast is to take place, a little out of breath from the continuous shak ing, but in the best of spirits and eager for all the diversions the feast may offer. THE WIFE WORSHIPS FOR THE FAMILY Religious duties must not be overlooked. Wax candles are devotedly taken to the church and placed before the shrine by the housewives, who remain all the morn ing on their knees before the picture or the statue of the saint, while the rest of the party is busy preparing dinner.