National Geographic : 1937 Feb
WE ESCAPE FROM MADRID one pre.- revolu tionary program were names of members of an organization that since had joined the rebels. Paulina they questioned and released. Anto nio they took away. He did not return. We had been a long time realizing how serious the civil war had be come. CACHE OF BURIED CARROTS We had a daily meal, regularly, of rice, beans, or spaghetti. Of carrots there was a good supply. Someone had once told me they kept almost in definitely in the ground, so we had filled a box with moist earth and could always produce a fresh one. By day we still went walking, WHEN NOT FLE and often saw squads of Loyal ist rookies being This procession of yout st rookies bemg On the placard is the port drilled in the Ibarruri, a famous woman streets by officers gests a combination of Jo; who seemed little Revolution. more than re cruits themselves. Learning squad maneu vers was especially difficult for the peasants, so recently from the fields that they still wore their loose canvas-topped, hempen soled shoes (pages 255 and 265). And if at last a group of them seemed about to execute a perfect about-face, ranks would break and soldiers scatter at the approach of a rumbling cart or an envied comrade in a commandeered car. Our unaccustomed diet soon affected our health. We fell easy victims of an influ- Photograph from Wide World EING BOMBS OR FIGHTING FIRES, ALL MADRID PARADES h is campaigning for money for Loyalist hospitals. rait of La Pasionaria, nickname for Deputy Dolores radical leader of the Government forces. She sug an of Arc and the "knitting" women of the French enza epidemic that swept the city just as it had during the time of the World War. One day Mateo burst into the room where I lay ill, shut and locked the door, then triumphantly exhibited a small pack age. "It's for the invalid," he said, gayly, as he unwrapped the contents, perhaps a pound of ham! We cut it into small bits and ate it leisurely, enjoying every morsel as much as I ever enjoyed cake frosting when I was much younger.