National Geographic : 1922 Jul
THE savage mountain tribes rolled huge boul ders down on the invaders, but Hannibalonlylaughed. "Though the mountains topple upon us," he vowed "our swords shall drink deep in Rome." /heValue ofTime By (rd ros Paintingby HAROLD DELAY CROSS THE ALPS rode Hannibal, thirsting for the blood of Rome. History holds no more breathless adventure. Hatred of Rome was this African warrior's earliest heritage. A century after Alexander flashed across the page of Time, young Hannibal--not yet in his teens-swore undying vengeance against the foe of Carthage. At twenty-eight he was acclaimed commander of the Carthaginian army in Spain. Like a thunderbolt he struck. Instead of following the seaward route to the south, with its inevitable delays on the African shore, he plunged daringly overland-across the frozen mysteries of the Alps. Without maps, without guides, he flung himself boldly into the impassable unknown. His superb cavalry, his great herd of war elephants, struck terror into the swarming mountain hordes. Nothing could stop him. He knew the power of preparedness, the strength of surprise. He knew the Value of Time. "Beyond the Alps lies Italy!" he thundered-and the world's proudest empire staggered under his sledge hammer blows. * * * * * The blood-soaked pages of Hannibal's bitter vendetta are covered with dust. Rome is but a memory. Yet the Value of Time so vividly seen by Confucius, Plato, Alexander, Hannibal-by all makers of his tory-is impressed more sharply on the race with every passing century. "Time is the stuff life is made of." "Who wastes Time, wastes life!" These hard-learned lessons of ages past are reflected in the earnestness with which the history makers of our own day guard life's most costly commodity- Time! Below, one of the new Elgin Presentation Watches- mate rial,construction,adjustments and service fully covered by Elgin Guaraniee. - &~ r II S.c fShes MADE IN ELGIN. U. S. A.