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peaks to draw moisture from the atmosphere (page 535). On our way back to Roadtown we looked down on a terraced hillside and saw sugar cane being cut, loaded on donkeys, and carried to a small mill. Intrigued, Mel Grosvenor suggested we find out what was going on. We left the Land-Rover and plunged down a steep path to a clearing. We could hear the swish of knives and the voices of the cutters in the nearby field as the stalks were taken off the backs of the donkeys and fed directly between iron rollers. The juice-pure "cane squeezin's"-ran down a cement trough to a fermenting vat. Dubiously we approached a nearby still, fearing it might blow up at any moment. Pieces of rope held together a serpentine coil. Wisps of steam escaped, but from the bottom of the coil a clear stream flowed from a spigot. When Mel leaned closer to have a look, he was handed a brimming calabash of rum still warm from the still. After one sniff he recoiled, exclaiming, "Now I know what Ozark 'white lightning' must be like!" Before sunset our bow sliced Sir Francis Drake Channel, Royalty visits the Virgins: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip flank Mr. Rockefeller and his wife Mary at Little Dix Bay during last winter's tour of British Caribbean outposts. The American couple presented the Queen with a book on the British Virgin Islands illustrated by NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC cameramen. 531 LE BELL GROSVENOR(ABOVE) AND FRED WARD © N.G .S . Coolie-hat roofs of the Little Dix Bay resort poke above Finisterre off Virgin Gorda, the "Fat Virgin." Surveyors' lines, hacked with ma chetes, climb precipitous Cow Hill. Long sharing the poverty of most of the Caribbees, Virgin Gorda breathed with new life when Lau rance S. Rockefeller, a Trustee of the National Geographic Society, launched the Little Dix Bay resort in 1961. Today 50 breeze-swept units nestle in a setting of rustling palms, powdery beach, and turquoise water.