National Geographic : 1933 Apr
Photograph by Willard Price AN ITALIAN WORKER WEARING A GOLD EARRING "FOR LUCK" In Bavaria a farmer sowing wheat sometimes wore a golden ring so the corn would have a rich color. Pliny tells of the gold stone said to be a cure for jaundice; and in Sumatra spirits were thought to guard the treasure of the gold mines. As with certain precious stones, so with gold: about it man builds his superstitions. Many people still carry a gold coin to insure their health or fortunes. Photograph byAcme Newspictures RAISING THE CAPTAIN'S SAFE FROM THE SUBMERGED "EGYPT" Held like a huge lump ofsugar inapair ofgiant tongs, thesafe is lifted aboard the Italian salvage ship Artiglio. This vessel was blown up during a later salvage operation, and Artiglio IIwas then fitted out to resume work on the Egypt(see illustrations, pages 480and 516). A one-man diving chamber wasdevised with windows and telephone, from which a foreman directed thedynamiting and lifting ofthetreasure boxes.