National Geographic : 1964 Jan
KODACHROMES© NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY Oxcart Brings Hewn Rock for a Honeymoon Cottage Following tradition, engaged couples build a home before marrying. These men unload a gable stone for the house of Al bert Glass and Rose Repetto, who planned a Christmas wed ding. The builders have erected side walls of molded cinder blocks; years ago they would have used nothing but quarried volcanic stone. With the excep tion of one tractor, oxcarts are the island's only vehicles. Half-wild cows, left behind during the exile, experience the almost forgotten touch of milk ers' hands. Hobbles discourage bolting and kicking. Cattle found ample pasturage during their owners' absence, but most sheep vanished, possibly killed by wild dogs, which died out in turn.