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National Geographic December 1905

By Eric

The Parsees of India { The Parsees and the Towers of Silence at Bombay, India}
Of Persian descent, the Parsees of India maintain a community distinct from that of their Hindu neighbors, and practice their own religion of Zoroastrianism.
The New Erie Canal
The Erie Canal represents an unprecedented undertaking by an individual state – – New York. Of immense commercial importance, its significance to the United States is commensurate to its more famous Panamanian counterpart.
Australia’s Future
Australia’s economy is hindered by the lack of strong federal control of national finances.
What Has Been Accomplished by the United States Toward Building the Panama Canal
The chairman of the Isthmian Canal Commission details successful efforts to better working conditions on the Panama Canal project, among them improved sanitation, employee housing, and food supplies.
Russia in Recent Literature
Two volumes are recommended – – one English, the other Italian – – offering European views on the political, social, and religious aspects of early 20th- century Russia.
China Is Not Overpopulated
The U. S. minister to Peking believes that the official population estimate by the Chinese board of revenue is greatly exaggerated.
China and the United States
The author, a Chinese minister to the U. S. , lauds the positive relationship the nations have historically shared. He expresses dismay, however, at U. S. immigration laws prohibiting the entry of Chinese laborers. With no clear definition of laborer set
The World’s Production of Gold
A boon in gold production inspires a comparison of the world’s mines to fields yielding a bountiful crop, and prompts predictions of expanding

National Geographic March 1906

By Eric

Morocco, The Land of the Extreme West and the Story of My Captivity
Ion Perdicaris describes Morocco’s government and people, his capture by the rebel leader, Raisuli, and his experiences with that remarkable man.
Evidence of Recent Volcanic Action in Southeast Alaska
A report from the U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey describes how several Alaska canyons were formed from lava flow.
S. P. Langley
S. P. Langley is remembered for developing the U. S. system of standard time and for contributing to the study of aerodynamics and the internal energy of wind.
Notes on Morocco
Given its fertile land, rich mineral deposits, and an agreeable climate, Morocco could reclaim the high status it enjoyed during the rule of the Roman emperors.
U. S. Board on Geographic Names
President Roosevelt assigns the duties of determining, changing, and fixing place names within the the United States and insular possessions to the U. S. Board on Geographic Names.
Extinct Reptiles Found in Nodules
Locked in nodules of Russian stone for eons, the bones of Triassic age reptiles have been extracted and reassembled in skeletal form.
Our Heterogeneous System of Weights and Measures
The author explains reasons why the United States should abandon its obsolete system of inches, tons, and gallons.
American Goods in China
Photographs of cases and bales of American goods arriving in China show signs of significant damage caused during shipping.

National Geographic December 1906

By Eric

Latin America and Colombia
North Americans are encouraged to increase their awareness of Latin American issues by becoming acquainted with the history and language of their southerly neighbors.
Prosperous Porto Rico
Economic, educational, and medical progress are turning Puerto Rico into the star of the Caribbean.
Highest Camps and Climbs
Despite steep ice slopes and a fierce avalanche, recent Himalayan expeditions allowed mountaineers to establish the two highest camps in the region and to make the highest climb ever.
Drainage of Wet Lands
Without complete topographic maps, the drainage of wetlands, such as Dismal Swamp and the Florida Everglades, will not be successful.
The Greatest Hunt in the World
The king of Siam ( Thailand) leads a week- long hunt for wild elephants. This is the first of a series of six articles that will describe the wonders of the East.
Present Conditions in China
Changes in China abound, including a new educational system, the introduction of the cigarette, opium reform efforts, the publication of a women’s newspaper, and revisions to a 2, 000- year- old code of justice.
The Wellman Polar Expedition
As he continues his Arctic preparations, Walter Wellman is convinced that a dirigible airship is the surest form of transportation to reach the North Pole.

National Geographic October 1907

By Eric

Dr. Bell’s Tetrahedral Tower
Remarkably light yet able to support a great deal of weight, Alexander Graham Bell’s unique tetrahedral tower is chronicled in this brief pictorial.
The Deep- Water Route from Chicago to the Gulf
Increased commercial traffic between the North and South pushed the limits of railway capacity, prompting the Midwest to urge support for a waterway from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico.
Geologists in China
The Carnegie Institution publishes the first of two volumes covering its 1903- 1904 geologic expedition to China, only the second such expedition undertaken.
Koyasan, the Japanese Valhalla
Chosen in the ninth century by the Buddhist priest Kukai, the sacred cemetery of Koyasan draws thousands of pilgrims each year to the summit of Mount Koya, where the dead are honored with monuments, offerings, and prayers.
Tirnova, the City of Hanging Gardens
Felix J. Koch relates his impressions of Tirnova, Bulgaria: balconies festooned with oleander and grapevines, a bustling marketplace, and an incomparable sunset viewed from the city’s fire tower.
The Marvelous Prosperity of the South
Extracts from the manufacturer’s record reveal the South’s remarkable monetary boom from 1900 to 1906, including a 57 percent increase in the value of its agricultural product and a 52 percent jump in the value of its manufactured products.
The Chinese Jews
Despite long- standing prejudices, a small group of Jews in the city of Kaifengfu ( Kaifeng) persevere. Bereft of a synagogue – – destroyed by flooding – – theirs is a history of religious survival.
Introducing Reindeer into Labrador
Buoyed by the success of Siberian reindeer transplants to Alaska, a medical missionary hopes for similar results in Labrador, where the Inuit population faces starvation due to increasingly diminished game supplies.

National Geographic January 1909

By Eric

The Buried Cities of Asia Minor
In the third article of this series, an American consul describes the Temple of Cybele, the library at Pergamus, the reputed tomb of Tantalus, and the castle of Croesus.
Sicily, the Battle- Field of Nations and of Nature
It may be peaceful for the moment, but terrible Mount Etna may erupt again. In like fashion the ruins of Sicily recount a history of repeated cycles of domination and destruction.
The Emancipation of Mohammedan Women
Last July, the bloodless revolution by the Young Turkey party and their female allies brought the beginnings of real freedom to the women of the empire. But even before that event, Turkish women were allowed to own property, and enter the worlds of teach
Honors to the American Navy
At its annual dinner in Washington, D. C. , the National Geographic Society pays tribute to the achievements of the U. S. Navy. Other important events of the year include the restoration of Turkey’s constitution, the promulgation of a constitution in Ch
Sunshine in Turkey
The new constitution has been pronounced religiously legitimate. The Turkish flag now features a morning star and a waxing moon – – spirit of good will, ecumenism, and equality.
Lessons from China
Once one of the most fertile and beautiful spots in the entire world, northern China was laid barren by deforestation, says President Roosevelt. He admonishes Congress to preserve America’s forests.
The Value of the United States Forest Service
With a mandate to develop to the highest usefulness 168 million acres of wild lands, the agency has the potential to earn the nation 125 million dollars a year in timber and one million dollars a year in grazing fees. Other projects include reforestatio;