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194405 Desert Magazine 1944 May

194405 Desert Magazine 1944 May

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MAY,
1944
 
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Gloria, my assistant, and aprettier Minute Maid younever saw, is helping melube a car when in walksyoung Mike Collins, alldecked out in his Marineuniform and the saddestface you ever saw."Well," I say cheerfully,"how goes the old furlough?'"Oh, I dunno," says Mike,things are sort of differentaround here. The old townisn't the same. Folks aren'tpleasant even if you buycigarettes from them.""Take it easy," I soothe him,"we still run the samefriendly Minute Man Stationon this corner, don't we?""Well, I dunno," he mum-
bles,
looking at Gloria,who looks pretty, evenworking on a car."Oh," I laugh, "we do havesome new help. But you stillget good treatment here.""That's just
you"
says Mike.
"No,
indeed," I reply, "it's aMinute Man policy. Westill 5gure that customersare
a:>
important now asthey were before the war."I move over to help Gloriapull a front wheel bearing."Right here," I continue,"is a good example.""Who's that?" asks Mike."Not
who"
I correct him,
"it—
this
wheel bearing here."I hold the bearing up."You see, Mike," I tell him,"every month we figure somespecial way to help folkswith their cars. This monthit's cleaning and repackingfront wheel bearings."I hand the bearing toGloria, who walks off towardthe bearing cleaner."Mighty interesting," admitsMike, watching Gloria.
"Yes,"
I agree, inspecting thewheel, "all winter long,people drive their carsthrough rain and
stuff.
Itisn't long before this dirtbegins to collect in the bear-ings and before you knowit—
bango—
you got to buya new set of bearings."So now that the winterrains are all over," I con-tinue, "we figure we'redoing a real public serviceby warning folks..."It seems mighty quiet all ofa sudden. I look around.Well, sir, believe it or
not,
but Mike has slipped awayand is over talking toGloria. Imagine!Well, I feel pretty silly fora moment. Then I noticehow the trees on Elm Streetare up full and green andthere's a warm breeze.Even a Minute Man cantell when May is here.
You'll find that courtesy,friendliness and essential mo-toring
services
are not rationedat Union Oil Minute ManStations. We're busy, yes, busyas anyone else, but we're. ..
IIIO*
THE DESERT MAGAZINE
 
DESERT
(2lode-14pA
llock Hunter Norman Clay,
who
tellsabeut
his
fellow collectors this month,
is
a
i
lerk
in the
army, stationed
at
CampCallan.
He
always
has
wanted
to be an
aui
hor. He
started that career
by
major-ing
in
English
at
University
of
Nevadaami
is
continuing
by
taking
a
corres-pondence course
in
special article writ-inj
. He
describes
his
home town, wherehe
was
born January
18, 1909, as
"thatgh morous, much maligned city
of
Reno."Will Minor,
who
tells
in
this issueab'Ut
his
discovery
of the
fantastic littlecar yon
he
calls Goblin Gulch, says herd-in; sheep
is one of the few
ways
he can
ke a
living which enables
him to
prowlan
und
mountains
and
desert studyingan
I
collecting butterflies, minerals,
fos-
sil
and
Indian arrowheads. Photography,es) ecially color photography,
is
bothhoUby
and
part-time business.
He
says,"I have worn cameras
for so
many yearsthi't
I do not
feel fully dressed withouton••
on." As a
spare-time occupation
he
ha written nature
and
outdoor articlesat ntervals since
1920.
Except
for
a
yearin
the
army, Will
has
been herding sheepon
the
Beard ranches
for the
past eightye;rs.• This month's cover photo, showingM
'unt San
Jacinto,
was
taken
at
longrarge from Cathedral City, seven milesfrem Palm Springs, clustered
at the
footof
the
10,805-foot peak.
In
pre-rationdai
s
this view
of the
snow-capped moun-tain
and the
flowers below were
a
chal-lenge
to the
motorist
to
speed
out
alongthi highway, armed with
his
camera
and
co
1
or
film.
Now
that
he is
confined
to
ro md-the-block travel, turning back
to
th:
i
page
in the
flower album will bringwi'h
it not
only
a
feeling
of
nostalgiabu
a
deeper sense
of
appreciation
for the
be <uty
of
desert blossoms. White
eve-
niig primroses, bright sand verbenas,
a
fe
1
r
wild forget-me-nots
and
incensebu
hfs
grow
in the
foreground.
It's
California month
for the
poets thistir ie—perhaps because
so
many
are fa-
mi liar with
the
beautiful Whipple Yucca,sh
iwn on the
poetry page, which
is
blooming
in
California's chapparal
and
de
ert.
Poets also have "taken over"
let-
tei
s
section.
But as
spring passes perhapstb feuding will quiet down, allow
non-
riiuesters
to
express their opinions
and
sh
ire
desert experiences
and
informationwi
h
other members
of the
Desert
fra-
teiaity.
CREED OF THE DESERT
By
JUNE
LE
MERT
PAXTON
Yucca Valley,
California
In'O
the
heart
of the
vastness,In
the
midst
of the
sand
and the
glare.Tl ere's
an
indefinable Presence•^ itching over
the
wanderer there.
Volume 7May, 1944Volume 7COVERCLOSE-UPSTRAVELOGPHILOSOPHYVENTUREART OF LIVINGBIRDSBOTANYTRUE OR FALSEPOETRYHOBBYPIONEERLETTERSNEWSMININGHOBBYCRAFTCOMMENTBOOKS
SPRING BLOSSOMS near Cathedral City, California.Frashers Photo.Notes on Desert features and their writers ... 3Trailing the Ghosts and Gnomes of Goblin GulchBy WILL C. MINOR 4Soliloquies of a ProspectorBy FRANK and DICK ADAMS 8Tale of the Mono RailBy CORA L. KEAGLE 9Desert Refuge, by MARSHAL SOUTH . . . .13Desert Butcher, by GEORGE McCLELLAN BRADT 15Desert's Scarlet BuglersByMARYBEAL 17A test of your desert knowledge 18Tower of Bells, and other poems 19The Rock Hunter Is a Queer CharacterBy NORMAN WILLIAM CLAY 20Trailblazer of the Great Salt DesertBy CHARLES KELLY 23Comment from Desert Magazine readers ... 27Here and There on the Desert 29Mines and Mining 32Gems and Minerals—Edited by ARTHUR L. EATON 33Amateur Gem Cutter, by LELANDE QUICK . . 36Sahara Diary, by RANDALL HENDERSON ... 37Mexican Time, 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, 1987, at
the 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
1944 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
....
$2.50Canadian 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.
MA".
r
, 1944

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