National Geographic : 1915 Jan
Photo by A. W. Cutler A STORK'S NEST: HAARLEM, HOLLAND Nowhere else in the world does the stork stand in higher regard than among the people of western Holland. Nothing is regarded as more indicative of good fortune to come than for a pair of storks to build their nest in the chimney of a humble cottage. However humble that cottage may be, the occupants feel that the stork's nest promises many blessings in the future. The farmers erect long poles with a box at the top in their fields, feeling that if the birds build their nests there both the quality and the quantity of their crops are assured. ANNOUNCING THE NEW-BORN The Dutch differ from the Chinese in announcing to the world the birth of children only in the article displayed. The Chinamen hang a piece of ginger over the main entrance to the house, while the Hollanders indicate the event by a piece of lace, combining with the lace a pink background for a boy and tinsel for a girl. The orphans of some of the cities of Holland are quite conspicuous, and es pecially so when seen on the streets of Amsterdam, dressed in what might be termed half-and-half clothing. The east half of a boy's coat, including the sleeve, is red, while the west half is black. The dresses of the girls are divided in a sim ilar manner, but are topped off by be coming white caps, which make the young misses look very neat and attractive. This singular style of dress is said to have been adopted to enable the railroad officials, as well as the authorities, to keep track of them. As the orphan asy lums of Holland have the control of chil dren committed to them until they are of age, the more mature of the unfortunates (wearing these odd garments in public) present a very striking appearance.