National Geographic : 1961 Apr
Vizetelly learned firsthand about the block ade later in the war. He stood on the deck of the Lillian (above) as the swift steamer slipped away from a Federal cruiser (back ground). In Charleston, however, he saw the blockade from shore. Despite the Federals, munitions, fancy dress goods, and even books slipped in. Charles Dickens's Great Expectations was one: "With what refreshment we welcome into our blockaded world a work by Boz...." There were other refreshments: "Dr. Co hen's Soda Water Fountain ... is the only one of the kind running in the Confederacy." And to quench the heat of a blistering Carolina summer, Messrs. Marjenhoff and Breden berg "have on hand... a large supply of Hamburg Lager Beer." UT AN UGLY THREAD runs through the Mercury's columns, reminder of the South's "peculiar institution." "Negroes sold remarkably high yesterday," a report says, with stock-market matter-of factness. Advertisements sometimes listed entire families: "Mary 89, Rose 17 ... Anna 8, Team 6, Eliza 2, and Infant 8 months." 474 Today's News continues a great tradition VIZETELLY'S DRAWINGS and dis patches competed for space in the IllustratedLondon News with accounts of other wars, treaties, and the obituaries of eminent persons-all of interest to empire conscious English readers. A pioneer in global reporting, the News might feature an article about the Polish situation, and complete the page with a Viz etelly drawing of rare Confederate ironclads chewing at Federal ships near Charleston (right). Ironclads notwithstanding, block aders bottled up much of Vizetelly's material. In 1960 the Board of Trustees of the Na tional Geographic Society presented Sir Bruce Ingram with a Jane M. Smith life membership in the Society. The award rec ognized his extraordinary contributions to geography through the Illustrated London News, which he has edited for the past 60 years. His grandfather, Herbert Ingram, founded the magazine in 1842.