National Geographic : 1950 May
The National Geographic Magazine National tIeograpnlc i I' toglraphers H. Anthony Stewart and John E. Fletcher So Accustomed Is "Louis" to Tilt-table Tests, He Falls Asleep! The Javanese monkey is held lightly in position to compare his reactions with those of a man similarly placed. Dr. Sydney W. Britton, professor of physiology in the medical school, watches his assistant apply a lead to an ear lobe for recording heart action. After two years of such observations in the laboratory, the monkey seems quite at home. Human "guinea pigs" are tilted upside down to study the effects on the pilot of gravitational forces in air plane, parachute, or other military maneuvers (page 576). from the house which Thomas Jefferson planned for his friend George Divers. Modi fled Doric pillars and little round windows echo those of Monticello. Club members like best to stay in the refurbished slave quarters. Its terrace offers a magnificent panorama of the Blue Ridge, and in the pretty valley be tween nestle inviting homes and green fair ways. Between country estates all around Char lottesville are cabins folded in the hills. Some are visible from the road: many more are tucked away in inaccessible wooded crannies (page 579). Saturday mornings the countryfolk come to town to repair machin ery, buy supplies, or discuss peach and apple crops. Overalled groups "hold up" the bank, lining walls to gape and gossip. Up and down Main Street flows a colorful stream. When you see West Point cadets or Annap olis midshipmen on pa rade, remember that cloth for their gray or blue uniforms very likely came from Char lottesville. "Ninety percent of the country's military schools use our cloth," Mr. George W. Som mers told me at the Charlottesville Woolen Mills. "We've sup plied the United States Military Academy off and on for 40 years. And we clothe police and fire departments in many large cities. "This piece." he con tinued, handing me a sky-blue sample. "will become dress trousers for the Marine Corps. During the war we op erated on a three-shift basis making Navy flannel and coat mate rial for enlisted men. "We buy the wool in the grease state, just as it comes off the sheep -c ockleburs, leaves, and all. If a sandstorm blew just before shearing, we buy sand! After sorting and scouring, the wool may weigh only 40 percent as much as before. "The fiber is literally 'dyed in the wool.' After dunking in a vat of indigo, it's cooked in an oven to set the color. Then it is combed on a carding machine before the spinning, weaving, and finishing." Dressmaking in Monticello's Shadow "That's a pretty blue dress you are wear ing," I remarked to one of my models. "I'm glad you like it," she answered with a smile. "It's a 'Rockinchair.' "