National Geographic : 1913 Mar
During the five years that have elapsed since the conclusion of the treaty a com mission of American and Mexican engi neers has been constantly at work sur veying the river, locating new bancos, and, on the basis described above, de termining to which country they belong. At the end of December, 1912, the commission had located, surveyed, and mapped 89 bancos situated in the lower reaches of the river between Rio Grande City and its mouth. On each of these bancos a permanent monument has been erected, by means of which and the maps which have been prepared any given banco can now be identified, no matter what the action of the river may have been in the meantime. Thus the great turbid, silt-bearing river is left to pursue its way untrammeled; but the terrors so long synonymous with its name have through the operation of this equable arrangement become a part of the storied, romantic past. Photo by A. Y. Tugarinoff, Curator Krasnoyarsk Museum, Siberia A LIVE SABLE IN THE MUSEUM AT KRASNOYARSK, SIBERIA Mr. Frank N. Meyer, an agricultural explorer of the U. S . Department of Agriculture, suggests that it might be a profitable venture for Americans in the northern Rocky Mountain region to import a few pairs of the dark-skinned sables from the Krasnoyarsk district. Si beria, with a view to breeding sables in America, just as blue and silver foxes are now bred successfully in eastern Canada. The opinion among Russian hunters and fur dealers is that the sable is not a difficult animal to manage, though it is reputed very fierce, cruel, and blood thirsty. Owing to the great decrease in the number of sables captured, the price of the skin has mounted very rapidly, and now ranges from $20 to $154 per skin. The Russian govern ment has become so alarmed at the rapid decrease in the numbers of sable in Siberia that it has prohibited the hunting or trapping of this valuable anirral for three years.