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194312 Desert Magazine 1943 December

194312 Desert Magazine 1943 December

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THEM A G A ZN E
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DECEMBER, 194325 CENTS
 
BIOGRAPHY SAYS WEST STILLROMANTIC BUT NOT SO WILD
The vast plains and rocky gorges ofColorado, Utah and Arizona long havefurnished the setting for stories of heroicdrama on the vanished American frontier.But to one man at least, the West of todayis just as romantic and colorful—but notso wild—and the life of a cowboy still isas exciting as yesterday's. This man, DavidLavender, in his informal biography,ONE MAN'S WEST, pictures with charmand humor a region where heroism andadventure are not things of the past.Lavender, as a young man, set out towin a fortune in the gold mines of Ouray,Colorado. From that beginning the recordof his travels and contacts with the Westis long and varied. In telling the story ofhis life as miner, rancher, cowboy andwanderer, the authentic flavor of plains,mountains and desert permeates his talesof modern pioneers, tall stories and humor-ous anecdotes. Lavender brings vividly tolife the outposts of America and provesthat they have not been completely claimedfrom wilderness nor completely conqueredby modern civilization.Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1943. Linedrawings. 298 pp. $2.50.—Aliton Marsh
MEXICAN MAID TELLSOF HISTORIC TUCSON
The reminiscences of Atanacia SantaCruz, as told to Dr. Frank Lockwood,furnish many of the colorful and historicepisodes related in LIFE IN OLD TUC-SON—1854 to 1864, published in 1943by Tucson Civic Committee.Atanacia, a little Mexican maid, livedher whole life in Tucson, from 1840 until1934. For Dr. Lockwood she recalled theexciting days following the Gadsden Pur-chase in 1854 and the "American occupa-tion of Tucson" by the courageous pio-neers who participated in the social andpolitical development of the town.Typical of these pioneers was Charles
D.
Poston, who, although a cosmopolitanfigure identified with civic and social af-fairs in Washington, D. C. and the Orient,did much to further the civic interests ofArizona.Poston arrived in Tucson in 1856 to or-ganize an exploring and mining company.He stayed until the spring of 1861, at theopening of the Civil War when UnitedStates troops were ordered out of the terri-tory. A period of lawlessness and terror,during which many of his associates wererobbed and murdered by Apaches andMexican bandits, caused him to flee to thePacific coast. From there he sailed to theAtlantic coast, spending the next year inWashington attempting to bring about theestablishment of civil government in Ari-zona. His mission was successful, the ter-ritory was organized and Poston was ap-pointed Superintendent of Indian Affairs.He later became the first man to representArizona in Congress.Samuel Hughes was another of the earlyarrivals in Tucson whose life was full ofaction and romance. It is said that "it wasHughes' distinction to be the first manwho came to Tucson for his health." Fiveyears after his arrival in 1858 he marriedAtanacia. He became one of Tucson's bestknown citizens, and did much to furthercivic interests such as churches, schools andfraternal organizations. Ward RitchiePress, Los Angeles. 255 pp. 13 illus.—Evonne Henderson
DISTINGUISHED BOOKS FOR SPECIAL GIFTS
. . .
CEREMONIAL COSTUMES OF THEPUEBLO INDIANS, Roediger. Evolution,design, significance in prayer-dramas ofHopi, Zuni and Rio Grande tribes. Superblyillus. from author's paintings of costumes,turquoise dance moccasins, headdresses,masks. 40 plates full color, 25 figuresblack-and-white, colored map. Notes, ap-pen., biblio., 268 pp. 7%xll $15.00ANCIENT LIFE IN THE AMERICANSOUTHWEST, Hewett. Archaeologists'fascinating story of prehistoric Indian lifein Southwest. History recreated with im-agination of artist and authority of a scien-tist. Many illus., endmaps. 392 pp. Limitednumber copies $5.00MESA CANYON AND PUEBLO, Lummis.Classic desert volume to take down fromyour bookshelf year after year. Land, cus-toms and occupations of Southwest Indians.Many photos, map. 517 pp $5.00INDIAN BLANKETS AND THEIR MAK-ERS, James. Navajo and Pueblo weaving art.Types, development, technique, historicalbackground. De Luxe edition, 7V2XIOI4,64 illus., 32 color plates. 213 pp.Boxed $3.00MY ADVENTURES IN ZUNI, Cushing.Limited ed. of distinguished scientist's ex-periences in Zuni. Beautifully illus. in linedrawings and hand-colored marginal paint-ings. 8x9 in. Limited edition $7.50THE RAIN-MAKERS, Coolidge. Absorb-ing story of Southwest Indian civilization.Comprehensive, scientific, vivid. History,social life, arts and ceremonials, mythology.Photos, endmaps, index. 326 pp $4.00APACHE GOLD AND YAQUI SILVER,Dobie. Alluring lost mine and buried treas-ure tales by a master story-teller. Beautifulcolor plates and black-and-whites by TomLea. 336 pp $3.50SOUTHWEST, Laura Adams Armer. Sub-jective record of author's experiences inSouthwest. Color and mystery, wisdom andlegend of Indian country. Story of her homeat Waterless Mountain and Indian charac-ters in her various books. Paintings by au-thor. 224 pp $3.00THE DESERT, Van Dyke. Classic neverequaled for description of mystery and colorof desert. Southern California, Arizona andSonora. Photos, 257 pp $3.00
DESERT CRAFTS
636 STATE STREET
SHOP
EL CENTRO, CALIFORNIA
THE DESERT MAGAZINE
 
DESERT
• On the back page of this issue ofDesert is part of a story which beganthe weekend of December 7, 1941, up inthe Sheep Hole mountains north of Sal-ton Sea. Desert's Editor Randall Hen-derson, his daughter and son Evonne andRand were hiking back to their car afteran exploring trip with the Sierra club.Into the still atmosphere of the desertcanyon a radio brought sudden strangewords "Hawaii and Philippinesbombed!" . . . They drove away fromthe quietness and peace in silence. Thatevening Rand said, "I plan to enlist assoon as my place can be filled in the of-fice."And now his sister Evonne car-ries on as circulation manager of Desert.And somewhere out there in the farSouthwest Pacific Rand serves with theMarine Corps. On some of the quietsuspense-filled evenings he looks out theflaps of his tent at a moon which heknows is silvering the sand dunes andsifting a radiance on tall palms that moveslightly in a whispering rustle above adead campfire in a faraway desert towhich he longs to return—as soon as "itis finished."After many months' work on a min-ing project in the war effort, John Hiltonis back at his art and gem shop on High-way 99 a few miles south of Indio, Cali-fornia. John says he will start writingand painting again, spending part of histime and all of his gas to prospect forminerals needed by the government.Dorothy L. Pillsbury who this monthtells about a Christmas she spent onAcoma mesa in New Mexico is a newcontributor to Desert's pages, but she isknown to readers of Christian ScienceMonitor, Coronet, Sea Magazine andmany other publications. Most of herlife has been spent in California, whereshe graduated from Pomona College.For 15 years she was a social worker inand around Los Angeles. Five years agoshe went to New Mexico for a vacation,and like many other residents there,"just stayed." Now she has her ownadobe house and her own wedge ofadobe soil. Her special interest is in In-dian and Spanish-American cultures ofthe Southwest, which she has studied inUniversity of New Mexico, Old Mexicoand Puerto Rico.• Theron Marcos Trumbo who wrotethe story of Guadalupe Day ceremony inthis issue is another new contributor. Al-though he has been writing trade articlesand coetry for 13 years he considers thishis first "important sale." His ambitionalways has been to portray Indians andMexicans in the Southwest both in?rticles and fiction. But until ill healthbrought him to New Mexico his environ-ments in Kansas and Michigan affordedlittle opportunity to develop this inter-est. Now he has "dusted off the olddreams," and is writing and paintingwhile paying the grocer and landlady outof a salary earned as statistician.
Volume 7DECEMBER, 1943Number 2COVERBOOKSCLOSE-UPSPOETRYMYTHOLOGYPHILOSOPHERCHRISTMASHOMECEREMONIALMINERALOGYHUMORTRUE OR FALSEART OF LIVINGLETTERSNEWSCRAFTSHOBBYCOMMENTCOMMENT
ARIZONA SILHOUETTE. Photo by E. F. Hudson,Whittier, California.ONE MAN'S WEST, and other reviews .... 2Notes on Desert features and their writers ... 3Desert Buttes, and other poems 4The Gods Walked Up ThereBy RICHARD VAN VALKENBURGH ... 5Soliloquies of a ProspectorBy FRANK and DICK ADAMS 10Christmas Trail to the Sky CityBy DOROTHY L PILLSBURY 11Adobe Home, by ADELE and OREN ARNOLD . . 14Fiesta in TortugasBy THERON MARCOS TRUMBO .... 18Wood, Time and StoneBy JERRY LAUDERMILK 21Hard Rock Shorty of Death ValleyBy LON GARRISON 26A test of your desert knowledge . . . . -. .26Desert Refuge, by MARSHAL SOUTH .... 27Comment from Desert Magazine readers ... 29Here and There on the Desert 31Amateur Gem Cutter, by LELANDE QUICK . . 34Gems and Minerals—Edited by ARTHUR L. EATON 35Just Between You and Me, by the Editor .... 38From the Southwest PacificBy RAND HENDERSON 39
The Desert Magazine is published monthly by the Desert Publishing Company, 636State Street, El Centro, California. Entered as second class matter October 11, 193T, atthe post office at El Centro, California, under the Act of March 3, 1S79. Title registered
No.
358865 in U. S. Patent Office, and contents copyrighted 1943 by the Desert PublishingCompany. Permission to reproduce contents must be secured from the editor in writing.RANDALL HENDERSON, Editor. LUCILE HARRIS, Associate Editor.BESS STACY, Business Manager. EVONNE HENDERSON, Circulation Manager.Unsolicited manuscripts and photographs submitted cannot be returned or acknowledgedunless full return postage is enclosed. Desert Magazine assumes no responsibility for damageor loss of manuscripts or photographs although due care will be exercised. Subscribers shouldsend notice of change of address by the first of the month preceding issue. If address is un-certain by that date, notify circulation department to hold copies.SUBSCRIPTION RATESOne year .... $2.50 Two years .... $4.50Canadian subscriptions 25c extra, foreign 50c extra.Subscriptions to Army personnel outside U.S.A. must be mailed in conformity withP.O.D. Order No. 19687.Address correspondence to Desert Magazine, 636 State St., El Centro, California.
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