National Geographic : 2001 May
FROM OUR ARCHIVES Flashback MARCO POLO Barred, for Life Although Marco Polo apparently avoided bandits on Afghanistan's mountain trails, other travelers then and later were plagued by thieves. But our January 1921 article "Every-Day Life in Afghanistan," which included this photograph, reported that "owing to the aggressive pursuit and harsh punishment meted out by the Amir's troops, the once famous robbers of the Afghan hills have almost dis appeared." One such punish ment was the "man-cage," like this one at Lateh Band Pass. A thief was "put in this iron cage, raised to the top of the pole, so that his friends could not pass food or poison to him, and here he was left to die." You can send this month's Flashback as an electronic greeting card and access the Flashback photo archives at nationalgeographic.com/ ngm/flashback/0105. P. O CRAWFORD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (ISSN00279358) IS PUBLISHED MONTHLY BYTHENATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, 114517THSTNW.WASHINGTON, DC200364688$29.00 AYEARFORU.S. DELIVERY $5.00PERSINGLE COPY(INCLUDES POSTAGE ANDHANDLING). PERIODICALS POSTAGE PAIDATWASHINGTON. DC,ANDATADDITIONAL MAILINGOFFICES. POSTMASTER: SENDADDRESS CHANGES TONATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, PO BOX63002,TAMPA. EL336633002.