National Geographic : 1930 Dec
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by Jacob Gayer SANTOS, LIKE CALIFORNIA, APPRECIATES BAHIA ORANGES Agricultural history was made in 1873, when a woman in Riverside, California, received two small orange trees from the 'horticulturist of the United States Department of Agriculture. These were of the Washington navel variety and had been propagated in the Department's green houses in Washington from small trees received in 1870 from Bahia, Brazil. To-day, California annually harvests millions of dollars' worth of this luscious fruit." "Why don't we start ?" I asked the launch skipper, a short, mustached Bra zilian in an Apache cap, a white scarf about his neck, and a cigarette hanging to his lower lip as he talked. "We await the mail truck," he explained. "But the plane pilot is carrying our breakfast," I complained. "I'm hungry." From under a seat he brought f orth a paper sack containing his own simple lunch, and pressed it on me with easy Por tuguese courtesy. "The Senhor is from the United States of North America, is he not? . . . Ah, I knew it by his rubber heels, the way he eats the orange, and because he carries the small typewriter! You North Ameri cans please me very much. I have worked my way to New York on boats." From somewhere he dragged forth a portable talking machine and put on a rec ord, "The Stars and Stripes Forever." The mail came at last and we cast off. Light broke fast now, as it does in the Tropics. When I had climbed into the plane, the launch skipper passed me my typewriter. Then he started up "The Stars and Stripes" again. I made out his white launch, bobbing on the sunrise waves of the bay, as we turned overhead. He was waving his scarf at us. Rio is a friendly place. Notice of change of address of your NATIONALQGEGRAPHIC MAGAZINE should be received in the office of the National Geographic Society by the first of the month to affect the following month's issue. Forinstance, if you desire the address changed for your Februarynumber, The Society should be notified of your new address not later than January first.