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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

SATURDAY, OCTOBER -16,

1923

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Hall Adds To Geological Survey Of
Conditions At Haiti And Other Islands;,
_________ ack Up All Mly Cares and
Supplementing the geographic sur- population of about 9,000, in compari- !-I
veY of Haiti begun during the summer ' oMrtnq =1000 Ltl W hoa!-
of 1925, Robert B3. Hall, of the geo- known about the island as yet, even -
graphy departnment, returned to the,
Republic of Haiti during the summer ;b the peoleof (dW 0luetoi1, .
to continue his research work as aI natural inaccessibility. Bordering; the I'm on may way to
guest Of' the Navy department. The a'ti an ams ipntal1
greater part of the summer was spent b Jh fdes agov.Bhn
by Mr. Hall in making a geographical this in at)rove swamp is a broad sa- I I-'
reconnaissance of the neighboring line mud fiat which extends inland -l ..i~
isad n uligdpnecea-fgiving rise to rocky hills covered with-
sislands ad t lyUingv e pen encesas-thorn forest and underbrush. The in- - -
ite by t e ni e st .trxor lhighlandls are the most suitableI-ill111[111111111E51!11l1t1tl ~ l111111 U 1t ~ 11~1 N U l~11
Mr. Hall was granted the use of the fiOiziu1.~il areas andl support thl' - -
"" c arc l , ariel sh p,"n d ac dsm a ll b l k sh ip ,o p uaan d. "Thina ivid e n t-s s fi e"1al y th e fl aoh pfoth e H itp o p u la tio n . "T hee a s ri i ng e xn a tivepi o e e
ally~~~a Th the flgsipofthlHitanfletfied"rea trkigoxapluomnons
in which they made the two-Week 1f ,°nitier' life," Hall remarked. "They R a h al ou n
stopover cruise around the southern h'ave an agricuzltural organization and
peninsula, exploring the islands of , .<,n.7arcis of living far in advance of
Grande Caymite and Isle a Vache, and flio,-t sections of the mainland. Their
reaching many inland points on the' extensive, well cultivated gardlens______
peninsula hardly accessible by land keep 1i lr amply fed,-and-their-large
travel: I thatedo houses are a distinct con-
Grande Caymite is a low limestone trast to the miniature garden methods
island having a Negro population of I and srnaller homnes of the rural in-
about 3,000, who make a living by! habitants of the Haitian mainland."
combined fishinxg and farming. The c"rpiv chief handicap faced by the
limestone, composing nearly all of the; people of La Gonave is the scarcity of
surface rock, is pitted with small water, duec to the. surface rock forma-
holes which-are filled with water most Lion of the island. The entire island
of the year and provide an excellent is composed of porous limestone, hay-
breeding place for mosquitos. During ing no surface streams and only a few
the rainy season the mosquitos be- springs. Water holes must be relied
come unbearable, and practically the upon entirely in many parts of the
entire population suffers from maa-' island, and these usually go dry dur-
laria. "No form of taxation exists ing the dry season. It is niot unusual
here," Hall said, "and immigrants to see people travel as far as ten
from many of the West Indian islands j miles for water. The women carry
"have settled there on that account, the water home on their heads in
in spite of the mosquitos and poor large .rourds, which hold about a gal-
general health conditions." ion. The distribution of population
The Isle a Vache, south of the is determined by the location of
peninsula, also has a Negro popula- springs, as there are no wells."
Lion of approximately 3,000, and is a These natural obstacles have effee-,
similarly unhealthy place. The sus- Lively retarded attempts at coloniza-,
tenance of the inhabitants along thej tion during the past centuries. Al! .
coastal settlements is derived fromt though no definite relics of proof have
fishing and agriculture, while cattle IYet been found, the Island was prob-
raising plays an important part in the ably first settled by Indians who fled
interior grasslands. A small amount; from the Spaniards at the time of their°
of lignum vitae is also cut and sold occupation of Haiti. During the co-
or traded to merchants on the main- lonial period of American history the
land. French left the island untouched, andI
"The boat dropped us about five it became a refuge. for runawayl
miles from shore," Hall continued, slaves and fugitives from justice. The
describing his experiences, "and we Haitian government is now concerned
threaded our way over the surround- in the solution of their hygienic and
ing coral reefs rowing about four economic problems, as well as the
hours in a small row-boat, until we colonization of the island by the grant
reached the north shore of the island. of a land concession.
We made the trip into the interior
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The natives proved, however, to be of;Moe
much the same type as those in Haiti.Moe
They stared at us mistrustfully, as. Corol a
most of them had never before seen a
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La Gonave, the third main objective
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Prince. It is almost as large as the repairin'l
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