National Geographic : 1925 Aug
FROM ENGLAND TO INDIA BY AUTOMOBILE 207 I - Crr 1 m r. g, ~atst Photograph from Ewing Galloway A STREET SCENE IN BELGRADE, CAPITAL OF YUGOSLAVIA Belgrade nowadays is a lively city of 11o,ooo inhabitants. For hundreds of years it was a buffer fortification between the East and the West, the scene of many battles between Turks and Christians, first in the hands of one, then in the hands of the other. In 1866 it was finally handed over to the Serbians. It has experienced a wonderful rejuvenation since the World War, 4,000 new buildings having sprung up in the last five years. Wide, clean streets, beautiful buildings, electric lights, electric trams, a national library and a royal palace commend it to the Western traveler. decently; some started businesses and are making a comfortable living by hard work. The majority, however, seem to have lost all hope and to have sunk to the lowest depths. As I stood at the door of that world renowned hotel, the Pera Palace, a drunken man in rags passed, unwashed, with long, unkempt hair and beard, and with shoes tied to his feet with pieces of string. He was once a famous general in the Tsarist Army. His case is not unique. With the women it is worse. Many of title have put their shoulders to the wheel and taken jobs-when they could find them-as servants and waitresses: the greater number, however, have been less fortunate.