National Geographic : 1919 Jun
Photograph from A. T. Haeberle A FIELD OF EASTER LILIES IN THE AZORES Years ago these flowers were raised by the millions for export, just as they are now an important source of revenue for the people of Bermuda. The bulbs were suddenly stricken with a blight, however, and fortunes were lost by the Easter-lily growers. The Spanish pastime of bull-fighting -wa s also introduced, and still exists, but in so modified a form that the bull-fights of Terceira are quite unlike those of other places. It is a sport not for the people, but by the people. When the bull .charges, men and boys scramble up the walls and windows and disappear in the -open doorway. A rope is attached to the horns of the bull to check, if necessary, the progress of the infuriated animal. THE CORVO COW A "SHETLAND" VARIETY Corvo is the smallest of the Azorean islands. It is so small that it looks like the very tip of an old volcano peeping out of the water. It is the home of less than a thousand souls, who live in almost com plete isolation, for the Portuguese vessels .call there only once every three months, and even then will sometimes forsake it when the weather is too rough to land. A lake has formed in the crater, called "'Caldeira," containing nine small islands, -that look as if they might be a miniature reproduction of the Azorean archipelago. The Corvo cow has developed in pro portion to the size of its home. It is a neatly formed little animal, not much more than three feet high when fully de veloped, but is a good milcher. Corvo now has a wireless to save it from complete separation, but years ago the inhabitants built bonfires on its south ern shores when they desired to communi cate some urgent message to their neigh bors on the island of Flores. The island of Flores is the second of the northeastern group. It is about three times the size of Corvo. Many of the towns are built against the cliffs that rise abruptly out of the water. The coast of Flores is full of treacher ous shoals that often tax the skill of the Azorean sailors to the utmost. Several years ago the Slavonia, of the Cunard Line, was driven in a dense fog on the rocks of this island and hung for a long time with her bow fastened to the shoals on the very edge of great depths. When.