National Geographic : 1957 Mar
377 R. D. K. IIadden Patrick Phear Checks the Ledger in a Southern Rhodesian Store A government official in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia's capital, drove 50 miles to the Phear ranch near Marandellas to make this picture for the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. His view shows another corner of the shop painted by the boy (page 382). Phonograph appears in both scenes. (page 380). From the story he took a flaxen haired girl and portrayed her sitting prayer fully at a window, grieving for her nine brothers, held under a witch's spell. Kestutis himself is a child of war. "We fled Lithuania upon its invasion by Russia. My father transported mother and me across the border and then returned home, where he joined the army and fought in the struggle to keep Lithuania free." Opportunities Open for Refugee Boy Somehow, the boy and his mother made their way to the United States. "We settled in Torrington, Connecticut, because my mother thought that I was too weak and small to be brought up in a city like New York. We simply picked Torring ton from a map." When Kestutis was 10, word came from Lithuania of the torturing and execution of his father and grandfather. Against such childhood tragedy, he has made the most of American opportunity. An honor student in high school, he received offers of five scholar ships. His choice? The Art Institute of Chicago, which he entered last fall (opposite). In Quito, Ecuador, lives another earnest young man, Edgar A. Robalino A. He, too, would like a career in art. "I am the second of eight children," Edgar writes. "My father is a musician, and my mother a seamstress. After finishing the sixth grade, I could not, due to lack of money, enter a college. Therefore I entered the Pro fessional School. I sent paintings to an inter national competition of drawing in Spain, but heard nothing from them. I also sent a painting to Philadelphia" (page 381). Edgar now plans to study automobile me chanics. "In order to continue to study I have to make great efforts...."