National Geographic : 1913 Feb
Photo from W. H. Holmes, U. S. National Museum A REPULSIVE IDOL This curious stone was found in a corn field a few hundred feet from the station at Xico, in Mexico. An animal figure with a human head is carved in high relief on the boulder to which it seems to be clinging. Some idea of its size can be gained from the little Mexican boy who is shown alongside it. The picture which then fitted Porto Rico now fits Central America. The laborer of Porto Rico, who then got less than 20 cents a day for his work, was even better off than the present laborer of Guatemala, who now gets nine cents a day for his. Then, seven out of nine Porto Rican laborers were barefooted; today nine out of ten wear shoes, while in Central America six out of seven are barefooted. Lest it seem to appear that in compar ing Porto Rico with Central America the comparison is an unfair one, let Cuba be taken instead. Cuba has an area somewhat smaller than Guatemala and a population approximately equal, and yet it enjoys a foreign trade 13 times as large. It has an area one-fifth as great as that of all of the six Central American republics, including Panama, and yet its foreign commerce is three times as great as that of all six republics together. GOOD GOVERNMENT SPELLS PROSPERITY Jamaica, a British possession, has an area only one-twelfth as great as that of Nicaragua, and yet it has a foreign trade three times as great. One might go on with these enumerations indefinitely, the lesson of them all being that prosperity cannot exist where good government does not. On the other hand, it is equally demonstrated that poverty cannot exist in the Caribbean region where good gov ernment is found.