National Geographic : 1960 May
A daring sport of man and horse TRUM PE T S sounded and the crowd hushed. A horse charged at full gallop. The rider, clutching a nine-foot, steel-tipped lance, crouched low in the saddle. For two hundred yards he measured his target, a slim four-inch peg driven into the ground. Another man, much the braver, straddled the peg (above). The horse closed at breakneck speed, and the rider dipped his lance, speared the peg, and jerked it from between the brave one's legs even as the horse hurtled past. The rider flourished the lanced peg aloft. The Pakistanis howled with glee as Mr. Eisenhower vigorously ap plauded this 500-year-old sport of tent pegging. Next the Pakistan Presidential Guard passed in review. The ranks were straight, the riders rigid, as they paraded in perfect cadence to the accompanying music. Red-and-white pennants lashed to their lances were raised in tribute to Mr. Eisenhower (left). During his 40-hour stay in Karachi, Mr. Eisen hower collected vivid impressions. A camel wagon slowed him down, and a donkey refused to move, even for the President of the United States. He watched snake charmers piping their flutes to old, tired cobras. He chuckled at newsmen matching wits with nimble-tongued merchants in the bazaar. He admired Karachi's tall modern buildings and wide cluttered streets, but winced at sights and smells of the refugee huts. Pakistan's young government gives top prior ity to resettling Moslem refugees from India. In six months they have built 15,000 family units in Korangi, housing 40,000 refugees. For only two dollars a month, the refugee will lease, and eventually own, his own home. 607 KODACHROMESBY GILBERTM. GROSVENOR© N.G .S.