National Geographic : 1960 Oct
"Blind-your-eyes," a Wind-blown Tree, Helped Convicts Escape Grueling Toil Another inroad on tranquillity is the auto mobile. When the first one arrived in 1919, the islanders refused to unload it. But the authorities got it ashore anyhow. The first time it was used, the island's cattle and horses bolted. So a decree was issued that the car 582 To gain a respite, some prisoners blinded them selves temporarily with blistering sap from the ground-hugging growth, also called milky man would be allowed on the roads only two days a week. Moreover, the owner was required to nail a notice to the "Tree of Knowledge," a bulletin-board pine in the center of the island, stating exactly when and where the vehicle was to be driven.