National Geographic : 1932 Apr
4 Photograph by Ad Astra-Aero MATTERHORN'S PEERLESS PYRAMID DOMINATES THE VALLEY OI ZERMATT The French call this mountain "Cervin," a name derived from the Latin word for stag and applied because from adistance, atcertain angles, the peak suggests a huge rearing stag. Many attempts to conquer it ended in failure or even disaster, and stories spread about among the neighboring peasantry of supernatural monsters who held the mountain as their own and hurled rocks and avalanches down on allwho tried toinvade their domain. The last of the Swiss giants to be conquered by man, in 1865, it is now climbed frequently. No glacier softens Matterhorn's sharp edges, for itistoo steep for any great depth of snow to cling to.