National Geographic : 1939 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE (c) Kurt and Margot Lubinski FAITHFULLY HE WASHES HIS FEET BEFORE ENTERING MOSQUE Ablutions play an important part in Islam. In a desert they may be performed with sand. Having laid aside the hat of new Turkey, this man retains the close fitting skullcap which is worn under turbans from the Mediterranean to the Gobi. The heels of his slippers are turned down so that when he enters mosque or home he may easily lay aside the street-soiled footwear (Plate XI). our Turkish women were all veiled, and pro hibited by custom from going into any public place!" (Pages 3 and 13.) Ankara has no theaters as yet, nor any op era. Several movie palaces present slightly stale films. For music lovers there is the twice weekly concert in the hall of the Music Conservatory, by an extraordinarily fine orchestra composed entirely of Turkish in strumentalists and now led by a Turkish conductor. I heard one concert, with music by Paul Dukas and Bach. Golf has not yet arrived, but tennis is popular. The great winter sport is skiing, and on frozen ponds within the town's limits fancy skaters cut their rhythmic figures. Fine horses are avail able for riding, and the treeless land offers ex citing open stretches for cross - country gallops. A n invitation to a formal ball given by one of the ministers in the mansion of the Ghazi Farm provided a re markable exam ple of the innate friendliness of the Turk. Proceeding somewhat belat edly to put on white-tie-and tails in my hotel room, I discov ered that I had neglected to bring studs and collar buttons. I telephoned to various acquaint ances. Desperate, I sighted in the lobby of my hotel a member of the Turkish Parliament, retired army general, whom I knew well by reputation but had never met. Last resort! I approached him with a sim ulated serio-tragic face. "Monsieur" (in troducing myself in French), "I am in a diplomatic quandary. Minister's party haberdashery lack-" "Well, well! We must do something about this. Let's see. The studs I can furnish you, as I am not attending the ball. But unfortunately I have only the collar buttons I am wearing."