National Geographic : 1952 Mar
-4 Coral Limestone Builds Fine Houses; Thick Walls Keep Them Cool Mrs. Frank Morgan (standing), an American, came to Barbados with her husband 15 years ago. They com pleted their new home in 1950. the floor working a stick that drove the wheel. I was allowed to fashion a bowl, but my prod uct was a poor match indeed for the bowls baking in wood-fired kilns in the hillside. Mly last impression of Barbados was one of fanfare and pageantry. Not long before I left, the Police Force, part of which is mounted, put on its famous musical ride (page 386). 1My ears were already attuned to the fortis simo potpourri of the Police Force band, which gave frequent evening concerts. But the concerts never imparted the stir ring effect of the band on parade. Colorful "Jingling Johnnies" in leopard-skin dress twirled drumsticks in the best English man ner (page 387), while snare drummers, eyes front, sounded staccato rhythms and beauti ful Canadian horses pranced. Brass horns glittered in the sun. No less stately than the Horse Guards of Whitehall, the Barbados mounted police passed in review. Standing in the crowd, a visitor cannot fail to realize the pride of the Barbadians in their orderly island or to sense their loyalty to British tradition.* * See "British West Indian Interlude," by Anne Rainey Langley, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, January, 1941.