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194412 Desert Magazine 1944 December

194412 Desert Magazine 1944 December

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THE
M A G A Z
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DECEMBER, 194425 CENTS
 
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in
Chiricahua National
Monument,
southeastern
Arizona,
by
John
L. Blackjord.
PATIENCE
By
FRANCES HOPKINS
Newark, New JerseyDesert seedEndures the dark,Long rain-needFearlessly. The hourOf storm once passed,It springs to flower.
THE PROSPECTOR
By
JAMES
B.
DUMMER
Los Angeles, CaliforniaUntutored in letters, in science unversed,His, often the pangs of hunger and thirst;With courage as rare as the gold he seeksIn the voiceless valleys, on tinted peaks,He travels alone in the heat and coldWith stars for his compass like sailors of old.The years on the desert gave him good healthAnd he blazed the broad way to a nation'swealth,When his eyes are dimmed, and his body isstarkNo high pointed shaft will his resting placemark,Yet he braves the lone trail with hope in hisbreastIn the vanguard of progress—from him camethe West.
GkiUtmal
By
KATHARINE
M.
SAWYER
Mojave, CaliforniaWhen you think of a desert at Christmas,You think of a desolate space;Bitter winds blust'ring round tough old grease-wood,No Christmasy look to the place.But the Christmas greens from this desertAre as fragrant as those from the snow,And there's frost in the deep desert canyonsWhen you're cutting the greens where theygrow.There's juniper, spicy and feath'ry,To bend into grey-berried wreathes,Long-needled pine with huge pine cones,Live oak with small spiney-edged leaves.Then the soft grey desert holly,Red-barked manzanita mongst these,Big bunches of mistletoe growingIn the tops of great sycamore trees.What fun to bring home this beauty,Make mantels and doorways all gay;For this desert blooms truly to give usA traditional green Christmas Day.
DESERT MOSAIC
ByLAVONA BEACH POTTER
Los Angeles, CaliforniaTyrian clouds in a coral skyConform to a timeless paragon.Mountains, immobile, intensifyThe echoing desert antiphon.Huddles of boulders exemplifyThe ruins of ancient Parthenon.Patterns in sand and the silhouetteOf Joshua trees' macabre moldMingle together, a weird vignette,Retelling a story ages old.All of these gems form a carcanet . . .Mosaic inlaid in desert gold.
WIND
OF THE
DESERT RIVER
By
MARYPERDEW
Santa Ana, CaliforniaWhen the sun just tops the mountains,And the sky is streaked with flame,Then the wind is off the river,With a scent no one can name,Made of cottonwoods and smoke trees,And a hint of'dobe mud.It's a scent you'll always long for,If the desert's in your blood.There may be sweeter fragrancesAcross the miles and years,But only the desert river windCan fill my heart with tears.
THE DESERT MAGAZINE
 
DESERT
When Margaret Carrick first learned
I
here were classes
in
flower arrangement
he
couldn't imagine anyone going
to
school
to
learn
how to put
flowers
in
' ases.
But she
learned that even afterI
ive
years
of
study
and
experiment there•till
are
endless possibilities
in her hob-
by.
For
several years examples
of her
i
irk
have appeared
in
magazines,
and
now plans
are
underway
to
publishlliotos taken
by her
husband
of her ar-
i uigements
in
book form. Jack Carrick's
photography
also started
out as a
hobbyI'lit
now he is a Los
Angeles Times staff
photographer.
Some examples
of
their
combined
hobbies appear
in
Desert this
month.
Charles Kelly,
who
wrote
the
story
of
(Jiarles Stanton
in
this issue, left SaltI
ake
City
in 1941 to
live
in
Fruita,
a
I cautiful little oasis
in a
setting
of
scenicled cliffs. Kelly
had
been interested
in
this southeast part
of
Utah
for a
long
lime
and had
made many trips through
the
Wayne Wonderland. Since March,
1944,
he has
been custodian
of
CapitolUeef national monument with headquar-i
MS
at
Fruita. Postwar plans have beenmade
to
build
a
road through
the
monu-
ment
to the
Colorado river, thence
through
Natural Bridges national monu-
nient
and on to
Monticello, near
the
( olorado state line.»
For our
Christmas story, RichardVan Valkenburgh
has
written about
an
i •cperience
he had
while
in the U. S. In-
ilian service
at
Fort Defiance, Arizona.Mace
the war,
however,
he has w '"^d
for
Uncle
Sam in a
different capacity—I el ping
to get
giant bombers
off to the
war fronts.
He and
Ruth
and
their
son
I lickie
now are at
Tucson where theyplan
to
make their permanent home.
But
HI
the
meantime
Van is
putting
in
longhard hours
at the
plane plant.Southern California's native palmises will
be the
subject
of a
series
of
.ketches
to be
presented
in
Desert Maga-
,•
me
beginning with
the
January
num-
ber.
Randall Henderson,
who
will writerhcse stories
has
been photographing
and
lugging
the
native palm groups found
HI
the
desert region
as a
hobby
for
many
V
?ars.
His
list
now
includes .60-odd
groups
of
palms, some
of
them
in can-
v >ns, others
on
steep rocky hillsides,:.' veral
out on the
floor
of the
desert
and
.nany
of
them
in the
eroded clay
and
gravel
hills that border Coachella
and
Imperial valleys. Each month's featurewill include photographs,
map, and a
luief description
of the
oasis.
A few of
hese oases have been described
in pre-
vious issues
of
Desert,
but
there
are
many which never have been recorded
in
any publication.
CREED OF THE DESERT
By
JUNE LEMERT PAXTON
Yucca Valley, CaliforniaII
may be, God
forgot
the
desert,As some folks like
to say.
]<ut
not
until,
to
protect
its
beauty,He'd placed thorns
to
guard—alway.
Volume 8DECEMBER, 1944Number 2COVERPOETRYCLOSE-UPSCEREMONIALPHILOSOPHYHISTORYBOTANYLOST GOLDHOMEMAKINGMININGART OF LIVINGLETTERSDESERT QUIZNEWSHOBBYCRAFTCOMMENTBOOKS
SUNDAY MASS, at Taos Pueblo Church, Taos, NewMexico. Photo by Fred H. Ragsdale, Los Angeles,California.Desert Christmas, and other poems 2Notes on Desert features and their writers ... 3I Watched the Gods DanceBy RICHARD VAN VALKENBURGH ... 4Desert Philosopher, by Frank and Dick Adams . 8Donner Tragedy Relic FoundBy CHARLES KELLY 9Mistletoe's for ChristmasBy MARY BEAL 14Quest for the Lost Gold of VallecitoBy HUGH RANKIN 15Desert Bouquets—for your Holiday TableBy MARGARET CARRICK 19Current news briefs 24Desert Refuge, by MARSHAL SOUTH .... 25Comment from Desert readers 27A test of your desert knowledge 28Here and There on the Desert ; 29Gems and Minerals—Edited by ARTHUR L. EATON 33Amateur Gem Cutter, by LELANDE QUICK . . 36Just Between You and MeBy RANDALL HENDERSON 37Navajo Creation Myth, and other reviews ... 39
The Desert Magazine
is
published monthly
by the
Desert Publishing Company,
636
State Street,
El
Centro, California. Entered
as
second class matter October
11, 1937, at the
post office
at El
Centro, California, under
the Act of
March
3, 1879.
Title registered
No.
358865
in TJ. S.
Patent Office,
and
contents copyrighted
1944 by the
Desert Publishing
Com-
pany. 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 RATES
One
year
....
$2.50Canadian 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.
DE
'EMBER,
1944

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