National Geographic : 1925 Feb
CAIRO TO CAPE TOWN, OVERLAND Photograph by Alfred I. Hart SOUTHI AFRICA'S VARIANT OF THiE HAWAIIAN GRASS-SKIRT BAIA,;T COSTUME These masked native dancers are from Kentani, a district on the southeast coast of the Cape of Good Hope Province. they belonged to this land. This they called home. The veldt, tinted with purple heather, dipped and swelled. PIeaclh blossoms and spring flowers were interspersed with cactus plants. ()n the near horizon were the conical kopjes that protected the hoer army when it clashed with Kitchener and Lord Rob erts. They lay in ridges, natural fortifi cations. We well remembered the fright ful I ritish losses. The I oers hold to their racial instincts as strongly as ever. They were defeated, but not convinced. ''o this day they sleak only Dutch among themselves. Many of them cannot speak English at all. \hen they surrendered to the Ifrit ish, they bargained for and secured the right for the Dutch language to share all privileges with the English language in South Africa. Therefore there are two official tongues. All announcements are printed in these two languages. All street signs are in two languages. That was one particular reason why Rhodesia re- fused to join the Union of South Africa. It wished to avoid this bilingual handicap. IN TI E CITY THAT PROI)UCI;S IIAIF 'TI Johannesburg, nearly I,ooo miles north east of Cape Town, is situated directly over the mines that produce more than half the world's supply of gold. In days gone by they called Johannesburg "the tin town with the gold cellar." Itisno longer a "tin" town. It is an impressive city. ()f course, we wanted to see the gold mines. There are certain days when they are open to the public; other days, not. 'This was one of the "other" days. At the Crown MJines I came in contact with the superintendent. I suggested that un less we saw the mines then, we would never see them, as we were leaving the country within a week. While we talked. who should walk into the office but the "big boss" of the underground workings. Who should the "big boss" be but an American, a Californian. 25"