National Geographic : 1918 Aug
109 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Traces of petroleum, too, have been found by the Italians, and I am told boring is, or is about to be, under taken. Copper and iron are believed to exist in the hills about the Malik Valley, and coal, silver, and lead are said to be present elsewhere in the moun tains. Gold mines were worked in ancient times and Albanian silver was known to the Venetians, but the whole mountain coun try has lain neglected for ages. It cannot be doubted that with the coming of the soldiers, the building of roads, and the development of the country now going on, especially in sections occupied by the Italians, there will be a change in Alba nia and in its people. CLIMATE IN UPLAND AND LOWLAND The climate of Al bania is considered healthful in the up lands, though subject to violent changes, which are trying to the stranger, at certain seasons, even if he is confined to one lo cality. But when a traveler, moving rap idly about the country in a motor-the only practicable way of traveling in these Photograph from Gen. George P. Scriven A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE OLDEST RACE IN SOUTI EASTERN EUROPE The Albanian calls himself a "Skypetar"-Son of the Mountain Eagle-and he deserves the appellation, for he has made his home among the barren crags of his native land for many centuries, main taining to a remarkable degree his independence and his racial in tegrity. days-rushes several thousand feet from year and the valleys then look their best. a mountain height, cold and windy and Snow, of course, lies in the mountains probably snow-covered, into a warm, sun- until well into the spring, but seldom lasts shiny valley and back again in the frac- throughout the summer, as the tallest tion of an hour, it is well to have a care. peaks do not attain an elevation of more May is the pleasantest month of the than 8,000 feet.