National Geographic : 1916 Jul
Photograph by Frank I-. Probert OFFERING DRAWN-WORK FOR SALE TO TOURISTS ON A MEXICAN RAILROAD The Mexican' Indian woman seems to have been born with a needle in her hand. Her drawn-work, for delicacy, beauty, and grace of design, is surpassed by none in the world. She can take the sheerest of handkerchief linen and draw out threads in a way that is the admiration and despair of many a cultured needlewoman. springs have come out'-of their mystery in recent years and have been prosaically made to supply purer water to the City of Mexico. These springs, as one sees them now, are bowls Ico feet in diameter and 30 to 40 feet deep, with water clear as crystal and cold, bursting up in the lake at the foot of the Sierra de Ajusco and fed by the snows. It is a remarkable experience to lunch there and drink the good water to' the health of the spirit of the springs who has a choice assortment of broken crockery in his keeping. Views of snowy Popocatepetl are glimpsed up the vistas of the lanes between the floating gardens on the return and heighten the lovely re flections of the evening. The houses of the amiable Xochimilcos are flimsy structures, but well-built and neat, and a visitor receives quite a favor able impression of the people. The pretty children make friends easily and load down the Americano with presents of flowers loved by the lake dwellers as they were by their Aztec ancestors. Any one who shows a liking for flowers has won the way to their affection.