National Geographic : 1916 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE musicians they have made the Mexican bands known all over the world. They are gifted, besides, with a singular tenac ity of purpose and mentally are capable of receiving a high education, which we may hope will be accepted with modera tion. What will be their future when their swamps are drained and their old lake dweller life merged into the humdrum of farmers? If by good fortune they are kept from the deadly effects of alcohol, that chief moloch of the Mexican Indian, no doubt they will live happily on the dry lake bottom as before in the days of Montezuma. THE LATEST MAP OF MEXICO ESPECIALLY COMPILED FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY T HE attention of the members of the Society is called to the map of Mex ico presented in this number, 20" x 29" in size, and printed in four colors. Noth ing has been left undone to make this the most accurate, the most detailed, and yet the most easily read map of that country ever compiled, embracing the very latest information obtainable from authorita tive sources. It not only shows all of the transportation lines, but every station of even passing interest,, as well as the vil lages and towns off of the beaten paths. The map is drawn on a scale of 67.6 miles to the inch and has an insert, drawn to a scale of 33.8 miles to the inch, show ing the great region embraced between Tampico and Vera Cruz on the east and Morelia, Guanajuato, and San Luis Po tosi on the west. There is also a very helpful drawing which. shows the size of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Is land, and eastern New York in compari son with Mexico. In addition to this, there is a small physical map showing elevations in Mex ico. It gives at a glance a graphic por trayal of the physical appearance of the country, there being one color represent ing all territory below I,ooo feet, another elevations from 1,000 to 5,000 feet,a third showing that part of the country lying between the 5,000 feet and the 8,ooo feet contour, and a fourth showing all terri tory lying above 8,ooo feet. Particular attention is called to the legibility of the map. The ordinary map as full of detail as this one is difficult to read, but our cartographer in this in stance has succeeded in gaining in detail without losing in legibility-a rare com bination in map-making. A study of Mexico from the map-maker's viewpoint reveals many interesting facts. Although that country is only one-fourth as large as the United States, one can travel in a straight line as far as from National City, California, to Sitka, Alaska, or from Chi cago to Nicaraugua, or from Richmond, Virginia, to Colon, Panama, without ever setting foot on other than Mexican soil. Likewise the distance between National City, California, and the mouth of the Rio Grande is greater than that from Baltimore, Maryland, t o Galveston, Texas; also, it is farther from extreme northwestern Mexico to the extreme southeastern shore of that country than it is from St. Louis, Missouri, to San Juan, Porto Rico. Extra copies of this map may be had for 50 cents each. Copies mounted on linen at $i each, and on rollers $1.50 postpaid in the United States.