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194407 Desert Magazine 1944 July

194407 Desert Magazine 1944 July

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G A Z I N E
,;;.,
JULY,
1944
S'"-
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25 CENTS
 
X -meet
tke
... by your Union Oil Minute Man
Gloria, our beautiful MinuteMaid, and I had just openedthe station last Saturdaywhen bedlam,
itself,
drivesright into the station!
It's the
Eager Beaver Patrol,
Troop No. 17, Boy Scoutsof America, and their pals,jammed in CalWithertree'struck. Cal's their Scout-master,and he's taking themout to collect waste paper.Before Gloria or I can say
Be
Prepared,
the station's swarm-ing with assorted Scouts.While Gloria asks Cal about
gas,
I start to check the oil,but a Scout beats me to it.He gives me a smart saluteand exclaims: "A Scout iscourteous."'Now wait a minute," I tellhim. "The Union OilMinute Men are also—"At this point another Scoutcomes scooting around thetruck dragging the water
hose.
I make a pass at it, buthesays: "AScoutisfriendly."'But dag-nab it, bud, so arethe Union Oil—" I start toshout, but I'm interruptedby two more Eager Beaverswith the air hose. "Hey,now," I yell,' this
self-service
might be fine at
some
places,but we Union Oil MinuteMen believe our customersare still the most importantpeople who come into ourstations, and we try to be—"'Helpful!" exclaim the twoScouts—"Boy Scouts arehelpful—pardon us, please."The whole thing is gettingserious. Then I get awonderful idea. I sneakaround the pumps to get thewindshield cleaner. But bythe time I get it the Scoutshave already got anotherbottle, have cleaned all the
glass,
and are all tucked backin again; and Cal Withertreeand the truck and theassorted Scouts go roaringout of the station, leavingme standing by the pumpwith the bottle in my hand.I see Gloria watching me."Now you listen to me,Gloria,"! say. "Rememberthis—Union Oil MinuteMen are—"Gloria grins, and says:'Trustworthy, loyal, helpful,friendly, courteous, kind,obedient, cheerful, thrifty,brave, clean and reverent!"Then she salutes and marchesinto the station... fromwhich I hear giggles!Say, doesn't
anyone
want agood deed done?
The latcbstring is always outat Union Oil Minute ManStations.
Courtesy,
friendlinessand
essential motoring services
are never rationed. We're busyas anyone else, but we're...
flew
oo
mst{
tokfcelpftl.'
76
THE DESERT MAGAZINE
 
DESERT
New
contributor this month
is Dr.
Philip
A.
Munz, distinguished professorof botany, Pomona College, Claremont,who collaborated with Jerry Laudermilkon
the
story
of
plant adaptation.
His
book
on
Southern California botanyproves
his
interest
in
flora
of
this desertand semi-desert region.
But his
specialinterest lies
in his
research throughoutthe western hemisphere
on the
Oeno-thera, genus
of the
evening primrose.• Mabel Wilton, whose first contribu-tion
to
Desert Magazine appears
in
thisissue, started life
in
Michigan,
has
writ-ten articles, short stories
and
poems
for
religious, nonsectarian
and
juvenile
pub-
lications under several
pen
names.
She
has appeared
as
speaker
on
numerousradio programs,
she
wrote skits
and
poems
for
Fanchon Marco's drama classfor
a
year, some
of
which
are now pub-
lished
in
book form, dedicated
to her
adopted daughter Patricia
Ann, now in
air corps, medical division,
of the WAC.
When entering Death Valley from
the
old Nevada mining towns
of
Beatty
and
Rhyolite,
one
usually enters throughDaylight pass
in
Boundary canyon. Thosewho seek
the
remotest bypaths mightturn
off
this road before reaching
the
Pass, following
the
trail through Lead-field
and
continuing through Titus
can-
yon.
It is the
high walls that narrow thiscanyon down
to the
point called TitusPortal which
are
photographed
by
JosefMuench
for
this month's cover.
The
rocky road here shows only
a
faint trackas evidence that automobiles dare adven-ture into such
a
forbidding place.• Next feature
for
those interested
in
mineralogy
is a
mystery story, such
as
only
a
scientist like Jerry Laudermilkcould tell.
It's a
story
of
ancient Indianbeads
of a
mysterious
red
stone whichshows
all the
warm tones
of
color frompink
to
dark
red and
which sometimesglows with
a
deep velvety shade like
the
color
of
hematite.
It
took
a
spectrographicanalysis
in a
college
lab to
solve
the mys-
tery
of
this
red
stone's origin. Those
who
have been skipping words like "spectro-scopy"
in
magazine
and
newspaperarticles,
are
going
to
become familiarwith
its
importance
and the
ways
in
which scientists
use it to
answer theirquestions.
CREED OF THE DESERT
By
JUNE
LE
MERT PAXTON
Yucca Valley, CaliforniaThere
are
tiny foot-prints
on
sandy roadsWhere quail crossed here
and
there;The designs they leave remind
one
Of quilts
at a
county fair.
Volume 7July, 1944Number 9COVERCLOSE-UPSPIONEERINGBOTANYHISTORYHUMORART OF LIVINGPOETRYPICTORIALLETTERSTRUE OR FALSENEWSMININGHOBBYCRAFTCOMMENTBOOKS
TITUS PORTAL, Death Valley. Photograph byJoseph Muench, Santa Barbara, California.Notes on Desert features and their writers . .Paradise—Above the PalmsBy MABEL WILTONTo Save Their Lives—They're ToughBy JERRY LAUDERMILK and PHILIP MUNZ .Sword Points and Dreams in StoneBy JOYCE ROCKWOOD MUENCH
.
13Hard Rock Shorty of Death ValleyBy LON GARRISON 16Desert Refuge, by MARSHAL SOUTH .... 17Abandoned Homestead, and other poems . . .19Intimations of an Unseen WorldBy RICHARD L. CASSELL 20Comments from Desert Magazine readers ... 27A test of your desert knowledge 28Here and There on the Desert 29Current mining news 32Gems and Minerals—Edited by ARTHUR L. EATON 33Amateur Gem Cutter, by LELANDE QUICK . . 36Sahara Diary, by RANDALL HENDERSON ... 37Reviews of current desert books 39
The Desert Magazine
is
published monthly
by the
Desert Publishing Company,
686
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 registeredNo.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
addreas
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.Addrxs correspondence
to
Desert Magazine,
636
State
St., El
Centro, California.
JULY, 1944

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