National Geographic : 1955 Mar
squarely on the python and leaped three feet into the air with a piercing shriek. It would have made a good picture, but Jean and I were moving too fast to focus a camera. North we journeyed by boat and train to Sylhet, center of East Pakistan's tea gardens. Tea is second only to jute among Bengal's exports. Twenty-five thou sand tons were shipped from Chittagong in 1952. Most of the gardens are British-owned, and Mr. W. A. N. Craven, an offi cial of the Khadim Tea Estate, showed us around the 1,600-acre garden (page 413). "Sylhet tea is a base for most commercial mix tures," he told us. "Other types are added for flavor and aroma, but this is the staple." We drove through miles of green hillside covered with tea bushes. Wild begonias grew beneath the Z. D. Barni Pakistanis Weave a Web of Steel for Chittagong's New Port Partition forced Pakistan to export jute that once went to Calcutta. To meet the need, Chittagong expanded its port fivefold in four years (page 421). When acetylene ran short, construction workers cut metal with hack saws. Modern warehouses (above) and cranes (opposite) replaced wooden shacks and primitive hand lifts, halving ships' turnaround time.