National Geographic : 1945 May
9"' ~ Samo, ° rmoupoli SCyclades . eNaxos o Th' ,a ThSe of Ca :V.. Sea. of CociLTrca. : Canea +790s5 Candia + $95 CRETE 7370+: S.carpanto n ... . i ... ... * 4... -* - O < Turkey Straddles the Straits, Goal of Conquerors Since Ancient Greeks Took Troy in field and factory, many a Village Institute lad earns good money during his vacation. As we arrived at Hasanoglan, scores of young students were studying penmanship; others were raising timbers for a new roof. I inspected dozens of practice sheets. Tur key's villagers are better penmen than any class of high school or college students I knew at home. Teaching Farmers to Farm When an Institute student is graduated, he receives a plot of ground, some draft animals, and implements for improved farming. Class mates go with him and, beside the almost win dowless homes of an adobe village, build him a new house with big windows and a door that will swing and latch. Then a school is built, and he becomes teacher, agricultural adviser, veterinary, and model citizen. Before I left, after a double-size lunch with the Institute leaders, the director asked if I had any suggestions to make. "Light is one of the chief needs in village homes," I replied. "Why don't you turn out some standard-sized window frames so that the villagers of Hasanoglan can tear out a few mud bricks and let the daylight in?" Before I finished, the director was chuck ling. "Fine idea!" he said. "That's just what we have been doing." The old village is less than a mile from the neatly laid out Institute. But Hikmet Geray, a Robert College graduate, told how heavy is the weight of rural inertia.