National Geographic : 1915 Dec
Photo by American Colony Photographers, Jerusalem A FIG TREE JUST AFTER THE LOCUSTS ATTACKED IT (COMPARE WITH PRECEDING PHOTO) (SEE TEXT BELOW) that likewise trains throughout the coun try had been stopped for hours at a time, notably on the Damascus-Haifa line near the Lake of Galilee. Below the Lower Pool of Gihon old olive trees, yesterday green, were now nothing but bare trunks and twigs, and further up the valley a couple of beauti ful mulberry trees had just been at tacked, the leaves falling like rain, and already the ground was deeply strewn with them, and long before evening they, too, were leafless. This, however, proved to be but a sample of coming things. The locusts, when advanced into the second or pupa stage, walk like ordinary insects, leaping only when frightened into a quicker pace, which they readily accomplish by the use of their two long and powerful posterior legs. However, while still in the first or larva stage, they seemed to hop much like fleas, so that when anything neared their thickened masses it seemed as if the entire surface of the ground moved, producing a most curious effect upon one's vision and caus- ing dizziness, which in some was so se vere as to produce a sensation not unlike seasickness. The same was also true when watching them undisturbed on tree or field. SCALING THE TOWER OF DAVID One of our most interesting experi ences, while noting the locusts' method ical but stubborn moves, occurred when they first reached Jerusalem. Countless numbers of the young locusts poured into the broad, walled road leading into the city from the west, past the United States Consulate to the Jaffa Gate. For three or four days an incessant and un ending stream filled the road from side to side, like numberless troops marching on parade, and in spite of the traffic at this junction, which to this city is like lower Broadway to New York, their ranks, although thinned, entered the an cient gateway and the New Breach. "Though in among the weapons they fall they shall not stop" (Joel 2:2).* * The Emphasised Bible, Rotherham.