National Geographic : 1948 Nov
rillaIIIrtnj iluIItI(IilirWvays Like a CapturedJungle Monster, aSardine Trap Goes Ashore onTen Stout Poles This huge net, only afraction ofwhich isshown, was buoyed andanchored across abroad stretch of the Atlantic. Twice daily itscatch was collected. Now itfaces anoverhaul, orperhaps theapproach ofthe autumn storms requiresits removal. Sezimbra beach istented byvacationists; their pleasure craft mingle with the fishing boats. Wide mesh indicates first two men arehauling thenet's coarse opening. have regained 75 percent oftheir volume. Cork is composedofmillions oftiny cells of cellulose glued together with anatural resin. The fact that more than half ofcork's volume is air accounts for its lightness and resilience. In general, not more than 60percent ofa stripping may be cutinto natural cork prod ucts. The remainder,odds and ends discarded by cutters, is groundlike hamburger and used in composition products. Evora's Bones "Await Yours" Evora was my next stop. Near itsnorth gate I encounteredearthen wine jars big enough to hide Ali Baba and his40Thieves. Six feet high and 12feet around, they were shaped like ancientGreek and Roman amph orae. About 75 B. c. ivora prospered asthehead quarters of a Romancolony. Later itpassed to the Moors. Their architectural style still stamps the city's windows, doors, and chim neys. Chimneys, each one different, areaslarge as they are graceful.To anAmerican they look more like towers, pagodas, orextra attic rooms. Some areshaped like minarets; others resemble tents. Toletsmoke escape, their sides areslotted, like children's piggy banks, with fanciful squares, rectangles, triangles, orcircles. Bycreating drafts, thechimneys .serve toair-condition houses insummer. While inEvora Ilunched intheHotel Evorense, once headquarters oftheInquisi tion. Near byisaRoman temple, from thefirst orsecond century. Inanarrow street stands thehouse inwhich Vasco daGama was married and hischildren were born. Evora's mayor guided methrough theChurch ofSao Francisco, whose Chapel ofBones iswalled with thousands ofskulls. Ashuddery inscription proclaims, "We bones here wait foryours." King's Bloody Shirt Hangs inCloset Anequally grisly touch Isaw inthepalace ofCarlos, assassinated King ofPortugal, atVila Vicosa. His bloodstained shirt still hung inawardrobe. Everywhere, infact, thepalace was maintained exactly asCarlos leftitin1908. Some rooms were decorated with paint ings bytheKing himself.