Since sending his editorial pagewhich appeared in December issue, RandHenderson, on "leave of absence" fromDESERT'S
has gone through thebattle of Tarawa. As this issue goes topress he with other members of the Ma-rine Corps is resting on a tiny islandsomewhere in the Southwest Pacific.• In the Easter number DESERT willpresent for the first time a feature storyon the Penitente Brotherhood of NewMexico. This strange survival of theThird Order of St. Francis which firstwas introduced into New Mexico in1 540 at time of the Spanish Conquest hasstirred the imaginations of many writerswho have used it not only as the subjectof historical, religious and ethnologicalarticles and books, but as the theme ofstories and novels. Susan Elva Dorr,who has been interested in Southwestculture for many years, has written asympathetic account of the Brothers ofLight part of whose rites she was per-mitted to witness.• In this issue Theron Marcos Trumbohas told one of the best known of NewMexico's lost treasure legends—the 18thcentury story of Padre La Rue's SpiritSprings colony and their great cave ofgold bullion in the Organ mountains.• In 1940 DESERT started a long seriesof lost mine stories, written by John D.Mitchell. New readers have been re-questing the back issues containing thisseries but many of them no longer areavailable. Now DESERT is preparinganother set of lost mine stories whichhave so many actual clues to their loca-tions that readers will want to start rightout looking for them—if they had the
• Betty Woods, after a long absencefrom DESERT'S pages has written thestory of Agnes Meader Snider, typicalNew Mexico pioneer, for this issue.Betty and her husband Clee both arewriters. They claim Tyrone, New Mex-
as their home but much of theirtime in the past has been spent wander-ing into little known corners of theSouthwest. They recently returned from
City where Betty did a four-page assignment on the Chihuahua Fiestafor a national pictorial magazine.
CREED OF THE DESERT
By JUNE LE MERT PAXTON
Yucca Valley, CaliforniaThe wind comes sweeping o'er the waste-landWith naught to break its fitful rush;Then settles down in quiet rhythm,Singing softly to the brush.
Volume 7MARCH, 1944Number 5COVERCLOSE-UPSPOETRYPETROGLYPHSBIRDSPIONEERPHILOSOPHYTREASURETRUE OF FALSEART OF LIVINGBOTANYGEOLOGYLETTERSNEWSBOOKSMININGHOBBYCRAFTSCOMMENTPHOTOGRAPHY
WESTERN HORNED OWLET, Photo by George Mc-Clellctn Brctdt, Fort Bliss, Texas.Notes on Desert features and their writersMountain Climber, and other poems . .Sheep Hunting Artists of Black Canyon WallsBy VERNON SMITHHorned OwletsBy GEORGE McCLELLAND BRADT . .She Defied Victorio With an Empty RifleBy BETTY WOODSSoliloquies of a ProspectorBy FRANK and DICK ADAMS . . .Go—Where the Gold Lies BuriedBy THERON MARCOS TRUMBO . . .A test of your desert knowledge ....Desert Refuge, by MARSHAL SOUTH . .You're Sure to Meet the Blue DaleasByMARYBEALBasalt—the Rock from HadesBy JERRY LAUDERMILKComment from Desert Magazine readers .Here and There on the DesertGeomorphology, and other reviews . . .Current briefs from desert region ....Gems and Minerals—Edited by ARTHUR L. EATON . .Amateur Gem Cutter, by LELANDE QUICKJust Between You and Me, by the Editor .Zuni Maid
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