Indian Covers Preferred . . .
Alhambra, CaliforniaDear Mr. Henderson:Since the arrival of the August number ofDesert with its interesting Navajo cover, oneof the best, I have been looking over againthe covers of past issues. It seems to me thatthroughout the nearly five years of its existenceDesert Magazine has set a remarkable standardin covers and these seem to fall into a few dis-tinct classes.The group which I find most attractive arethe six I will call the Indian human interestgroup. Pueblo Boy, Weaver, Navajo MedicineMan, In Navajo Land, Navajo Youth and thelast number, Navajo.Next is a group of three headed by DesertCharlie, then Baby Burro and Arizona. Thencomes that outstanding group of Indian coun-try scenics, Shiprock, Rainbow Bridge, Monte-zumas Castle, Death Valley and BetatakinRuins.But I often turn back and feast my eyes onthe cover of No. 1, Vol. 1 and after nearly fiveyears that first cover seems to stand in a classby
in artistry, coloring and desert interestthe best of all.Please don't think I even pretend to be anauthority on art or magazine covers. I like Des-ert Magazine and all its covers and think thewholt series makes a really outstanding collec-tion, one any publisher might well be proud of.May your standard never grow less and yoursubscription list exceed your fondest expecta-tions.WILL H. THRALL
"Mosquito Rock" . . .
Boulder City, NevadaDear Mr. Henderson:I wish to point out an error in the July issueof Desert Magazine. Mr. Jerome's descriptionof Elephant Rock is quite accurate, but thephotograph in question is not of the "ElephantRock." I think "Mosquito Rock" is more de-scriptive of the formation shown. This rock,strangely enough, is some four or five milesfrom the Elephant Rock in the same Valley ofFire. It may be seen by continuing on the roaddescribed by Mr. Jerome approximately twomiles beyond the Mouse Tank Trail. It is to theleft of the road, instead of the right, just overthe crest of the last fiery ridge. The photographwas taken looking toward the Virgin river armof Lake Mead, which could be seen except forthe hill in the background. Perhaps this is whyMr. Jerome thought the negative had been re-versed.I have driven far into British Columbia, andhave seen parts of Wyoming, Colorado, andevery state west of the Rockies. I have viewedthat summation of all grandeur: the Grand Can-yon ; but, I was still much impressed with theValley of Fire. It appears to have been createdin a moment of wildest abandon. The abundantpetroglyphs, so intimate of the men who livedthere long ago, seem doubly thought-provokingin that setting of weird shapes and startlingcolor.Being a newcomer to southern Nevada, I amnot writing as a booster for this locality. I doso in appreciation of your splendid magazine.Mrs. Parker joins me in wishing you continuedsuccess with it.FRED W. PARKER
To Keep the Records Straight. . .
Gentlemen:Quartzsite, ArizonaI am not a critic, but just to keep thingsstraight, on the Yerington page in your Juneissue, you have a -.Vetch of a man and a wind-lass. The rope runs on the beam in the wrongdirection as to the position of the man. Alsoin the caption under the picture on page 37,"Hammering gold to free it from silver, etc."-the silver and the gold are not separate, butmixed.J. R. CURRIER• • •
On Skinning Rattlers . . .
Los Gatos, CaliforniaDear Editors:I read your story "Rattlesnake Skins Are MyHobby" with more than usual interest.For more than 40 years I have been killingrattlesnakes, and skinning them. Four years agoon the 15th of September I killed a large rattler.On skinning it I found four young rattlers, eachencased in a tough membrane. The snakesvaried in size from four to seven inches, eachbeing complete as to shape of head, fangs, andbutton.I use a different system in skinning my rat-tlers. My method is to lay them bottom side upand cut them open with a heavy pair of scissorsbefore skinning.Several times the persistent call of a jay haslocated a rattler for me. Positively the onlygood word I have for a jay.IDA RAILEY
More About the Havasupai . . .
Blythe, CaliforniaCompanero:I appreciate your choice of words and theirsrrangements when you write: "Neither triballegend nor the research of archaeologists havetold us when and why the Havasupai Indiansmigrated to the majestic Havasu canyon."Old Captain Navajo, who was not a Navajo,told me that they came from the Walapais; thatthey pulled out after a three-day tribal con-ference when the tribe was divided over thematter of tribal tradition in regard to squawsbeing allowed to cohabit with men of otherraces or tribes. They went down into that can-yon, not because it was majestic, but for protec-tion.Captain Navajo told me that once the NavajoIndians tossed three of the Supai bucks off intothe canyon just to see what they would looklike after they landed, 3,000 feet below.The man who did that mining work in thecanyon was Adam Chunning. He stopped withme for a week during a snow storm. That was 50years ago and he was on his way to do his as-sessment work.In 1889 the la grippe, after killing manyRussians, started eastward around the world. InJanuary, 1890, Bill Bass and I procured somequinine, after which Bill paid the Supais a visitto see if they had lived through the epidemic.Bill found them taking the hot water vs. icewater treatment. I presume they would practi-cally all have died if Bill hadn't taken charge.Later in the spring of 1890 the entire tribe cameout and camped near me on top of the plateau.As nearly as I could estimate there were be-tween 60 and 80 of them at the time.ED. F. WILLIAMS
Neither Rubber Nor Gas
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Payson, UtahGentlemen:Welcome the articles of Charles Kelly inD.M. He sure knows his Utah, and should havemany more descriptions for us.With him and Marshal South, well, you willhave me on your list for life. Glad Marshal hashis burros. No rubber shortage will bother himnow.DR. L. D. PFOUTS• • •
Honoring "Shady" Myrick . . .
Carson City, NevadaDear Sir:I was mildly surprised at the use of the word"Myrickite" in your item, "Identity of Opalite,"in the July issue of Desert.I had always associated the word with a gold-en variety of chalcedony, and somehow stillbelieve the name originated from "Shady" My-rick.Shady lived at Lead Springs, California, nearthe head of Panamint Valley, about 1922, whenI knew him. When I visited his camp at thattime he told me about the golden chalcedony hehad found, and stated:"I'm sorry Mac, but I haven't got a specimennow, but it was the most beautiful thing youever saw—and they're going to name it "my-rickite."Since then, whenever I have seen any of theopals or agates, I have thought of Shady's "my-rickite," but have never taken the trouble tolook it up until I read your item. Am unableto find the name in Dana or Kraus, so assumeit is somewhat restricted to local use.However, this brings to mind Shady's story,as I remember it.G. L. McINTYRF.
think, you are correct in as-suming Myrickite was named for "Shady"Myrick. In his "Quartz Family Minerals"Duke merely uses the name as a synonym
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FROM PHOENIX BUREAUTemperatures— DegreesMean for July - 92.7Normal for July 89.8High on July 6 , 116.0Low on July 15 , 70.0Rain— InchesTotal for July .1.24Normal for July 1.07Weather-Days clear 19Days partly cloudy 10Days cloudy 2Percentage of possible sunshine 88E. L. FELTON, Meteorologist.FROM YUMA BUREAUTemperatures— DegreesMean for July 94.2(Exceeded only once since 1878.)Normal for July 90.8High on July 7 117.0Low on July 19 73.0Rain— InchesTotal for July 0.08Normal for July 0.18Weather—Days clear 29Days partly cloudy 2Days cloudy 0Sunshine, 98 percent, 426 hours of sunshineout of a possible 437 hours.Colorado river—Discharge from Boulderdam averaged around 20,000 second feet.Storage during the month was nearlystationary.JAMES H. GORDON, Meteorologist.
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