National Geographic : 1943 Jul
Americans on the Barbary Coast Denise Bellon from Black Star A Beaming Young Reaper Stays Her Sickle and Displays an Elegant Tattoo Since she is Moslem, the "cross" on forehead has no religious significance; it could be an inheritance from pre-Arab times. The design on her chin likewise is mere decoration. True meaning of these symbols, a few dating from Punic times, has been lost. Tattooing is common among the Berbers of the Atlas. mountain goats. love of freedom. them by leaving They have a passionate The French get along with them alone. An Ancient "City of the Clouds" Proceeding eastward, we come to the city of the clouds, Constantine, built upon a great rock 2,130 feet above sea level. It is al most completely surrounded by a gorge from 500 to 1,000 feet deep, probably the mightiest natural moat of any city on earth. It was hoary with age before Julius Caesar was born. It was nearly ruined by invaders. The Roman Emperor Constantine in 313 re built it and renamed it. A boiling hot waterfall tumbling over a marble-white precipice some fifty feet high may be seen at Hammam Meskoutine. The river thus given birth winds, steaming, through a green valley. People from near-by houses come to cook their eggs and wash their clothes in the hot stream.