National Geographic : 1945 Jan
The National Geographic Magazine r reaerlcK 1. lian ilton Irom TlreeLlolns "Come on, You Lucky Number! Baby Needs Shoes!" Orientals are born gamblers. From the cradle to the grave, from fan-tan to cockfights and (among upper classes) even to American poker, they love a game of chance. These Taihoku Chinese urchins con centrate on picking a winning number. Boy on left boasts a lettered cap, similar to those advertising caps worn by some American gasoline station attendants. very elusive and that I would want to see the entire article before I could undertake to interpret the allusion. Our conversation was brought to an end by an announcement that my bath was ready. Afterward, I went out to look at the aborig ines, some twenty of whom were standing around the post trading station, wrapped in hand-woven grass cloth blankets with bright colored geometrical patterns. These head-hunters were of slender build, but well muscled, taller on the average than Japanese. Some had distinctively Mongoloid features, while in others Indonesian charac teristics, such as straight eyes and aquiline noses, predominated. Most of them were tattooed about the face. Under their blankets these men wore a shirt and a G string, made of the same ma terial as the blankets. Some carried bows and arrows and others had guns. These lat ter, I was told, were lent to them by the Japa nese, with a few shells, so they could shoot game. I did not see any women, but there were some boys about dressed like Japanese school children. Japs' Wire Fences Hold Back Tribesmen Near the guardhouse a primary school is held, to serve the children. I went to see it next morning. When I praised its work, the policeman-teacher said there was much closer race kinship between the Japanese and the wild tribes than between either of them and the Chinese!