National Geographic : 1954 Mar
313 National geographic rnotographer B. Anthony Stewart Towering Bamboo Arches a Path in the Barbour Lathrop Plant Introduction Garden In 1923 Dr. David Fairchild, the Department of Agriculture's eminent plant explorer, obtained for the Nation a hobbyist's large bamboo grove near Savannah. Named for Barbour Lathrop, the donor, the grove became one of four experimental gardens maintained by the United States Government. Today the 50-acre plantation cultivates and tests about 150 bamboo species, some of which grow as well in the Southland as they do in China. Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Fairchild, a trustee of the National Geographic Society, this member of the grass family promises a valuable source of paper pulp and structural timber. was preserved for your enjoyment by staunch Confederate defenses and by official removal of women and whiskey before converging Federal troops (which suppresses a soldier's desire for a festive bonfire)." Amid the splendor of Macon's proudest dwellings huddles a modest cottage, the birth place of Georgia's most celebrated poet. Sid ney Lanier (1842-81) lived through the South's roughest years, but we remember him at gentle best by The Marshes of Glynn, The Song of the Chattahoochee, and Sunrise. Ceramics has become a subject of major in terest at Macon's Wesleyan College, which, as Georgia Female College, in 1840 became the country's first female institution to grant women degrees. On a tour of the buildings and campus, I admired an exhibition of clay sculpture and pottery. In the music depart ment Miss Neva Langley, a student, attracted my camera's eye. Later, she attracted the Nation's as Miss America for 1953. Little Holes That Swallow Words Armstrong Cork Company exemplifies Ma con's recent industrial effort. No such plant existed in Georgia before this one. From southern pine it makes enough insulation board and acoustical material in a year to fill 3,000 boxcars, assurance of a quieter life.