National Geographic : 1942 Jul
The National Geographic Magazine Enoch Perkins His Electric Mule Hauls Ore from a Deep Chromite Mine Both locomotive and Tonkinese motorman have head is emerging from New Caledonia's Nehoue mine, one mines in the world (page 32). oldest clothes and gave me a pair of high leg gings because we had to go through some extremely thorny lantana bushes. After a few hours my hands and face were badly scratched, and my cotton shirt looked like a Kashmir sweater. My host's little horse behaved marvelously in the most difficult spots and was as sure footed as a goat. Every few minutes we saw deer-single ani mals, couples, and even herds up to 20. Deer used to be considered a pest and still are by some ranchers because they destroy pastures, but for the last few years there has been a good market for their hides in Australia. Fine leather is made from these skins (p. 44). ights. The 15-car train Certain inhabitants of New Caledonia, both white and native, take up hunting if they hap pen to lose their jobs in the mines or on the farms. With their rifles and a pack of mongrels they can get as many as five or six deer a day. From the sale of the skins they can make enough money to support themselves and their families. That kind of life appeals to some types who dislike to work under a boss. Deer Driven into the Water Some of the dogs used for tracking deer are so well trained that shooting the quarry is unnecessary. The dogs drive the deer into a water hole or into the sea, where they are easily over taken. A pack of dogs numbers from five to fifteen. The hunter sometimes makes the kill with just a knife. At least 60,000 deer skins are now exported to Australia yearly. Next morning I went on toward the east of the deepest chromite coast, following a river along which I often saw wild ducks. I knew wild ducks are wary, but the New Caledonia variety seemed especially smart. As we rode we could approach within 20 yards, but as soon as the horses stopped, away flew the ducks! So long as the horses kept going, the ducks just looked at us. That same night I arrived at Hienghene, one of the most beautiful spots on New Cale donia. The bay is surrounded by high cliffs, grottoes, and limestone rocks. Emerging from the sea is a two-pinnacled giant which so closely resembles the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris that these rocks are called "Tours de Notre Dame." Hunting and sea fishing are carried on both for fun and because of economic necessity.