The paternal government, hearing of this
enterprise, claimed the site and sat down upon it; the exposed remains
were once more covered up with soil.
A goat-boy, a sad little fellow, sprang out of the earth as I dutifully
wandered about here. He volunteered to show me not only Strongoli, but
all Calabria; in fact, his heart's desire was soon manifest: to escape
from home and find his way to America under my passport and protection.
Here was his chance - a foreigner (American) returning sooner or later to
his own country! He pressed the matter with naif forcefulness. Vainly I
told him that there were other lands on earth; that I was not going to
America. He shook his head and sagely remarked:
"I have understood. You think my journey would cost too much. But you,
also, must understand. Once I get work there, I will repay you every
As a consolation, I offered him some cigarettes. He accepted one;
The goat-herds had no such cravings - in the days of Theocritus.
"Two hours - three hours - four hours: according!"
The boatmen are still eager for the voyage. It all depends, as before,
upon the wind.
And day after day the Ionian lies before us - immaculate, immutable.
I determined to approach the column by land.