National Geographic : 1957 Feb
fatter. All had married early. At 13 and 14 years of age a girl is considered quite eligible in the Pro tectorate. Children under three around the camp tended to be heard but not seen. They must be kept safe from the "evil eye" of any strangers. We were told, too, that women and small children dared not sleep alone, for fear of jinn demons of the wilderness. Our own observations led us to believe a jinni would have a hard time squeez ing edgewise into an Arab household. Still more curious to me was another superstition we encountered; it in volved nail cutting. Like 245 4 Date Farmers Learn to Irrigate with Steel Pipes Agriculture is largely confined to the dry riverbeds, where dams and wells provide trickles of water for millet fields and date palms. Wherever water is drawn for irrigation in the Hadhramaut, the chug of the gasoline engine increasingly replaces the clop-clop of camel and donkey feet. Using loans from the British Government, some 500 farmers have bought pumps on the installment plan. This white-coated Hadhrami gets advice from an official. Like many from his wadi, he emigrated to the East Indies and saved enough to return and buy a few date trees. His sarong reflects Indonesian influence. -Sultan Ali of Lahej (dark glasses) visits the pump repair shop in Saiun. Col. Hugh Boustead, British Adviser in the Eastern Protectorate, points out details. Ali's host, Sultan Husain of Kathiri, queries the lathe operator.