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194012 Desert Magazine 1940 December

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Reno, NevadaEditor, Desert Magazine:I've been reading Marshal South's diary inyour interesting magazine each month. Untilrecently, I had a great desire to visit
this
un-usual family in its desert retreat on Ghostmountain.But after reading the "trail sign" near Ya-quitepec which you published in your Octobernumber, I've lost interest in Ghost mountain.There's too much regimentation up there.With all the faults of our civilized communi-
ties,
we can still wear the kind of clothes wewish. But at Yaquitepec they post a noticetelling visitors what to wear and what to gowithout.I love the desert country because of the free-dom we enjoy in Nature's great outdoors.But as far as I am concerned Yaquitepec isjust another one of those places where theyherd you around and tell you what to do.REX VANDEVENTER.Silver Peak, NevadaDear Mr. Henderson:I got a pleasant surprise when I turned topage 30 of the Desert Magazine of Octoberand saw the picture of the stage in the oldPiper Opera House, in Virginia City, Nevada.I heard many interesting things about it, ofMark Twain's lectures, and old time actorswho played there as I had friends who liv< din Virginia City and Carson City for manyyears, but I was too dumb to remember them.So I am not writing to win the prize, butjust
to
tell you why this picture interested
me.
On that stage, May 28, 1908, I took thepart of White Fawn, the Indian girl inThe Girl of the Golden West, with Leo C.Bell, leading man and Rose Bell Marston asGirl of the Golden West. Dozens of girlswho played there had written their names onthe walls of the ladies' dressing rooms, and ofcourse I too put the name I played under,Zetta DeMognette, on the wall of the roomI had, where no doubt it still is.
MRS.
F. M. HUGHES.Tucson, ArizonaDear Mr. Henderson:In your September number of the DesertMagazine—"Cochise No Take Cattle." Ofcourse he didn't. Mr. Sherman Baker said so,and so did Cochise.It is hard to think of a savage who wascapable of no greater atrocity than tieing downhis victim in the hot sun and enticing antsinto his propped-open mouth with a line ofhoney, and listening to his screams of agony—being the author of a crime so great asstealing and lying. No doubt he was the soulof honor, this victim of pale-face treachery.Excerpt from letters written by some of thepioneers of Arizona: "More than 100 of ourcitizens were murdered by these Indians(Apaches) in the face of a treaty they hadbroken without provocation." And again:". . . the Mexican alcalde acknowledging thatthe Apaches had habitually stolen propertyfrom the whites in Arizona and ran it intoMexico, and that his government could notafford him protection."
Rocks in Joshua Tree national monument described in Howard H. Pattee's letter on this page
It is well known that even before the whiteman came to Arizona the Apaches had forages made their living by stealing from othertribes who were agricultural, and much lesswarlike. Why such a change of heart towardthe white man?Noble Cochise! It is a hundred to one hispeople stole the cattle, and he lied. Anyway,Mr. Baker, it was a pretty story.GEO. W. BAYLOR.Seattle, WashingtonDear Miss Harris:We have now reached the two year stage ofDesert Magazine readers and it makes onehave a pretty good feeling, especially sincewe have just returned from another wonderfultrip into your country. We thought you mightlike to know about some of our ramblings aswe saw so many places that had been writtenabout by other desert lovers in your maga-zine.We left late in August and went to Yellow-stone national park by the way of the BitterRoots and they were particularly lovely atthat time of the year. Old Faithful came upto all of our expectations—just about theloveliest sight that one could see on thiswonderful earth of ours—and we also enjoyedthe rest of the park. We then went on downthrough the Teton range and they were real-ly beautiful. Then on down through "TheHills of Old Wyoming" to Denver and Colo-rado Springs, where we had a most enjoy-able time at the famous Antlers hotel. And soon down south, over Raton pass and over theSanta Fe trail to Santa Fe and we were fortun-ate enough to arrive there at the time of theFiesta—thanks to the information received inthe Desert Magazine calendar. I wonder ifan article could be written about this historicevent and, what we consider, the most color-ful place we have ever been. We stayed atLa Fonda and only left with the regret thatwe could not stay—just a little longer. Fromthere we went on to Albuquerque and Oh,how the time flew from there to Riverside.There were so many things to see and so manyblankets and so much beautiful pottery tobuy and we could hardly go through the Nava-jo reservation and not stop at every little rugstand as they are so pretty.The people through New Mexico, Arizonaand California seemed to be a little morefriendly than anybody we have ever encount-ered. Even the man at Amboy, in the heart ofthe Mojave desert, at Bender s Service station.We stopped there for gas and when one ofus asked him if it would be cooler as wewent on he said he could not say but said,"You folks have come a long way, manymiles, and have spent many dollars in orderthat you could have a change of scenery fromwhat you have been accustomed to and afterall that is wha-t we take vacations for." Ibelieve that is about the nicest way he couldhave expressed it. Don't you? We thought youmight like to know how one man in theheart of the desert can cheer us on our way.From Barstow we came through the Joshuatrees—one of nature's most beautiful sights.They must be beautiful when they are inbloom. Would it be possible to have an ar-ticle about these "miracle trees" and perhapsa photograph or two?And so we arrived in Los Angeles and onback to Seattle but we want to thank you inbehalf of the Desert Magazine for the manyarticles about the country
through
which wepassed and hope at some future time, not toofar away, to be able to see the Southwestagain.With best personal wishes, I amE. F. PORTER.
©
Claremont, CaliforniaMy dear Mr. Henderson:I am sending enclosed two pictures thatyou may want to use. They show a rare ex-ample of natural "opus antiquum" that is tobe found on the road to Key's View from 29Palms. It is visible from the road but it israther difficult to see as the "wall" is
the
same color as the surrounding granite. Thisline is visible for several hundred feet butin only one small section does it attain theheight shown in the pictures. The maximumelevation above the base is 4 feet and 6inches. All of the rocks shown are loose. Asfar as any direct observation will permit, therocks on the top are the same material andcomposition as the basic granite out of whichthe wall seems to emerge. In addition to thestructural and material peculiarity it is re-markable that a "dry masonry wall" of thisage could stand so long in an area knownto have had many earthquakesI will be glad to give you more informa-tion if you wish. We enjoy the Desert Maga-zine regularly and congratulate you on itscontinued improvement. Incidentally we canrecommend the "Big Rock Country" as hav-ing some of the best air raid shelters in theworld.Yours until Quail springs becomes a "mili-tary objective."HOWARD H. PATTEE.
The DESERT MAGAZINE
 
DESERT
NOV.
29-30
—Fiesta Days in BrawleyCalifornia.29-30 Barry Goldwater to give illus-trated talk on his recent tripdown the Colorado river, atHeard Museum, Phoenix, Ariz.DEC. 2 Argentinita's field company ofSpanish dancers, on artist seriesof University of Arizona, Tucson.2-3 Papago Fiesta celebrating feastof San Xavier, patron saint ofthe Old Mission, San XavierMission, Tucson, Arizona. Eve-ning events begin 7:30; solemnservices 9:30 a.m., Dec. 3- JuanDavis, chairman.5 Imperial Valley Associated cham-bers of commerce convention, Cal-exico, California.Imperial Highway association tomeet in El Centro, California.8 Third annual amateur rodeo,sponsored by Imperia
1-Yuma
Peace Officers, at Imperial countyfair grounds, Imperial, California.10-JAN. 2 Christmas festival in Ma-drid, New Mexico.12 Fiesta of Nuestra Senora de Gua-dalupe, Santa Fe, New Mexico.14-15 Southern California Sierra clubmembers will explore Menagerieand Pastel canyons in the Mo-jave desert. For map and furtherinformation see Desert Magazine,December 1939. Leaders: Russelland Peggy Hubbard, 2071 Balm-er Dr., NOrmandie 5682, LosAngeles, California.15 Sixth annual dog show, PalmSprings, California. Open airshowing, all breeds.24 Night procession with cedartorches, Taos Pueblo, New Mex-
ico.
24 Christmas Eve Nativity scenes,Santa Fe, New Mexico.24 Dances after midnight mass, In-dian Pueblos of New Mexico.24 Jaycee Christmas Tree at Phoenix,Arizona High school stadium.Mat Meyers, chairman.25 Indian Deer Dance, Taos Pueb-
lo,
New Mexico.28-29 Pushawalla Canyon and WillisPalms, north of Edom, to be vis-ited by Sierra club. See map andstory in Desert Magazine, De-cember 1937. Leader: Tom No-
ble,
3005 Fanita St., OLympia
5517,
Los Angeles, California.28-JAN. 1 Southwestern Sun Carnivaland Sun Bowl football game, ElPaso, Texas.29 Annual rendition of "The Mes-siah" by Salt Lake Oratorio so-ciety, with Salt Lake TabernacleChoir and assisting artists. W.Jack Thomas, chairman, UnionPacific Bldg., Salt Lake City,Utah.
Volume 4DECEMBER, 1940Number 2COVERLETTERSCALENDARPOETRYLOST TREASUREPHOTOGRAPHYMINERALSWEATHERPERSONALITYBOTANYFRONTIER LIFEPUZZLEADVENTURETRAVELOGHOBBYFICTIONBOOKSDEVELOPMENTNEWSPLACE NAMESDIARYHOBBYMININGLANDMARKCOMMENT
Reproduction from water color by Parke Vawter.Comment from Desert Magazine readers ... 2Current events on the desert 3WHEN SANTA COMES TO THE DESERT,and other poems 4Lost Silver of Pish-la-kiBy CHARLES KELLY 5Prize winning pictures in October 9The Rillensteine CaseBy J. D. LAUDERMILK 10October temperatures on the desert 12Cartoonist of the Desert CountryBy MRS. WHITE MOUNTAIN SMITH ... 13Wild Hollyhocks of the DesertBy MARY BEAL 16Traders at The GapBy MORA McMANIS BROWN 17TRUE OR FALSE, a test of your desert knowledge 20They Got Their GeodesBy NELLE C. EWING 21Trail to 49 PalmsBy RANDALL HENDERSON 24Cactus—edited by LUCILE HARRIS 28Hard Rock Shorty of Death ValleyBy LON GARRISON 29GOLDEN MIRAGES, and other reviews .... 30Water Now Flows Through the DunesBy LARRY D. WOLMAN 32Here and There on the Desert 34Origin of names in the Southwest 36November at YaquitepecBy MARSHAL SOUTH 37Gems and Minerals—edited by ARTHUR L. EATON 39Briefs from the desert region 43Piper's Opera HouseBy RUTH C. FERRON 44Just Between You and Me—by the Editor ... 46
The Desert Magazine is published monthly by the Desert Publishing Company, 636State Street, El Centro, California. Entered as second class matter October 11, 1937, atthe post office at El Centro. California, under the Act of March 3, 1879. Title registered
No.
358865 in U. S. Patent Office, and contents copyrighted 1940 by the Desert PublishingCompany. Permission to reproduce contents must be secured from the editor in writing.RANDALL HENDERSON, Editor.TAZEWELL H. LAMB and LUCILE HARRIS, Associate Editors.Richard B. Older, Advertising Representative, 416 Wall St., Los Angeles,
Calif.
Phone TR 1501Manuscripts and photographs submitted must be accompanied by full return post-age. The Desert Magazine assumes no responsibility for damage or loss of manuscriptsor photographs although due care will be exercised for their safety. Subscribers shouldsend notice of change of address to the circulation department by the fifth of the monthpreceding issue.
SUBSCRIPTION RATES: 1 year $2.50 — 2 years $4.00 — 3 years $5.00GIFT SUBSCRIPTIONS: 1 subscription $2.50 — two $4.00 —• three $5.00Canadian subscriptions 25c extra, foreign 50c extraAddress subscription letters and correspondence to Desert Magazine, El Centro, California
DECEMBER, 1940

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