National Geographic : 1937 Nov
JIDDA'S CUSTOMS INSPECTOR SCANS BOATLOADS OF PILGRIMS The white headdress, held in place by the black band, protects him from the scorching sun. This official belongs to the government of King Ibn Saud, chief of the warlike and puritanical Wahabi sect, which captured Mecca in 1924 and now rules most of Arabia. Photographs ©Oscar Marcus from Black Star A BOATMAN TALLIES HIS PASSENGERS TO PREVENT FREE RIDES Each pilgrim must pay himingold, not silver orpaper; and fares are sharply increased during the "rushseason." Many aged wayfarers arrive with just money enough to reach Mecca and fulfill their religious duties before dying. Many of the pilgrims perishon the way.