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194511 Desert Magazine 1945 November

194511 Desert Magazine 1945 November

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NOVEMBER, 1945ANNIVERSARY NUMBER25 CENTS
 
BOOK PUBLISHED FORARIZONA ROCKHOUNDS
After being a rockhound for half a cen-tury, 40 years of which were devoted toArizona minerals, A. L. Flagg, presidentof Rocky Mountain Federation of MineralSocieties and Mineralogical Society of Ari-zona, wrote a book for others who collector plan to collect in Arizona. It is ROCK-HOUNDS & ARIZONA MINERALS,published in 1944 by Fred Wilson, Whis-pering Wind Press, Phoenix.Say you're a novice, you've been wantingto find out what it takes to make a rock-hound—and finally you have some timeand gas. Mr. Flagg tells you how to makethe first start—what to wear, what to take,and where to look in Arizona (such asopenings of mines and quarries, stream-beds and the projection of rock formationsthrough the soil). After telling you aboutthe elements of identification, he sortsArizona minerals into Ore minerals, Non-metallics, Semiprecious stones and Rock-forming minerals, then describes each.Just 1800 copies of this De Luxe num-bered and autographed edition wereprinted. Two full-color plates show 10rough and polished specimens of Arizonaminerals, identification key, biblio., com-plete list of Arizona minerals, 82 pp.$3.50.
HE FOLLOWED THEWILDERNESS TRAILS
"I will follow my instincts, be myself forgood or ill, and see what will be the up-shot," wrote John Muir when he was 29-"As long as I live, I'll hear waterfalls andbirds and wind:; sing. I'll interpret therocks, learn the language of the flood,storm and avalanche. I'll acquaint myselfwith the glaciers and wild gardens, and getas near the heart of the world as I can."And John Muir did just that. He aban-doned a career which probably would havetaken him far in the world of industry andbusiness, for he was gifted with mechani-cal genius and strong character.He chose the outdoors—a field that hasnever been over-crowded—and devoted avery active lifetime to exploration andstudy and the recording of the lessons helearned from Nature.The story of his life and work has beenwell told by Linnie Marsh Wolfe in SONOF THE WILDERNESS, published thisyear. Mrs. Wolfe gave many years to anintimate study oi
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Muir's life and associa-tions, and the biography she has writtenis complete and aithoritative.Muir was born in Scotland in 1838. Hecame with his family to Wisconsin as achild. He attended the university at Madi-son, and at one time planned to be a phy-
THE
DESERT
INN
A triumphant new season under thewinter sun at Palm
Springs!
America'spioneer desert resort welcomes a dis-tinguished colony to its 35-acre estate ...secluded bungalows, all sports. SeasonOctober to June.
37tlt
season
under original
ownership
and managementof Nellie
N.
Coffman,Earl
Coffman
and
George Roberson
PALM SPRINGS, CALIF.
sician. But he was restless indoors. It was arestlessness that nothing but the wildernesscould satisfy.He came to California in 1868. In SanFrancisco he saw nothing but the "uglinessof commercialism," and it was not longbefore he drifted to San Joaquin valley. Hegot his first glimpse of Yosemite valleywhen his employer sent him to TuolumneMeadows to herd sheep. Then began aclose association with the western moun-tains that continued as long as he lived.Muir despised the dog-eat-dog strugglefor existence of the competitive economy.He saw in Nature a never-ending sermonin cooperation—and he felt that man mustadjust his philosophy to a closer harmonywith the natural world if he was to survive.In his later years Muir's writings andlectures brought him international recog-nition, and he was able to use this prestigeeffectively in the cause of conservation ofthe country's natural resources. He foughtsuccessfully to protect Yosemite from theencroachment of lumber and cattle andpower interests. He was one of the littlegroup of men who fathered the nationalpark system at a time when commercial in-terests were seeking—as they are today—to grab and exploit for private profit, everynatural resource.The vision which John Muir had ofman's relation to society and to the worldof Nature has greater significance todayeven than in the period of his active leader-ship. SON OF THE WILDERNESS is arefreshing and stimulating book.Published by Alfred
Knopf,
1945, NewYork. 364 pp., with halftone illustrations.Index. $3.50.
PLACER MINING FORTHE TENDERFOOT
Writing for the novice rather than forthe experienced miner, Jack Douglas, "TheOld Prospector," has prepared a rathercomplete guide for use in placer miningwithout the use of expensive equipment.The author tells how to use a pan, howto build and operate the cradle, rocker,sluice box, the Long Tom and the Papoose.There are chapters on camping equipment,where to look for placer gold, dry placer-ing, women prospectors and a score ofother subjects. Several lost mine storiesare included."Books have been written on this sub-ject by men with a better understandingof geology," writes the author, "but nobook has ever been written on placeringthat goes into the detail so necessary for theprospector to know when he is trying tofill a small bottle."The book is offset printed with type-writer type—not an artistic creation—butreadable and full of the author's experi-ences in placering over the Southwest.Published by Hobson Book Press, Cyn-thiana, Kentucky. Halftone illustrations,glossary. 150 pages. $2.00.
THE DESERT MAGAZINE
 
DESERT
This month's cover is a view of NavajoFalls, one of several beautiful falls inHavasu canyon in northern Arizona—land of the Havasupai Indians aboutwhom Dama Langley has written in thisissue. Navajo Falls are located about halfa mile below Supai village, "where thecreek comes to the rim in a dozen rivuletsbetween brilliant green islands of water-cress, then tumbles 140 feet to a churningpool of liquid turquoise." The beauty ofNavajo and the other falls was describedby Randall Henderson in the June 1942issue of DESERT.Readers are still commenting on HopeGilbert's biographical sketch of CharlesFletcher Lummis, the man who "discov-ered the Southwest for Americans,"which appeared in September 1944 issue.This month she has written about AdolphBandelier, who laid the scientific founda-tion for archeologic research in theSouthwest. It was Lummis who as ayoung man accompanied Bandelier dur-ing the Pajarito plateau and Frijoles can-yon explorations, and whose photostaken at that time later illustrated Bande-lier's book
The Delight Makers.
For the next issue of DESERT, NancyLunsford tells about furniture made fromcholla and saguaro cactus by Herb Wood,cabinet maker of the southern Arizonadesert, who makes furniture for manyof the rambling ranch-style homes whichdot the mountain foothills surroundingTucson.• Melissa Stedman, who works for theLos Angeles board of education, is oneof a horde of those who wanted land—land anywhere, just so there was "dirtunderfoot and space to breathe." Whenthe five-acre tract law went into effectshe was one of the first applicants. Hertrials and errors—and her triumph infinally locating one of those Jackrabbithomesteads in Morongo Valley, betweenBanning and Twentynine Palms, Cali-fornia, will be told next month, in herfirst contribution to DESERT.
DESERT CALENDAR
Nov. 3-7—Ogden, Utah, Livestock Show.Judging, premium awards, exhibits,annual Stockmen's banquet.Nov. 10-12—Indio, California, FrontierDays celebration. Air show, date ex-hibit, flower show, arts and crafts,hobbies, carnival.HUNTING SEASONSMigratory waterfowl—California (Riv-erside county): Nov. 2-Jan. 20;Nevada: Oct. 13-Dec 31; New Mex-ico:Nov. 2-Jan. 20; Utah: Oct. 13-Dec. 31.Pheasants—California: Nov. 26-Dec. 10,bag limit 2 ; Nevada (Humboldt andPershing counties): Nov. 4 only,bag limit 3.Deer—New Mexico (Senroito refuge,Sandoval county): Nov.
10-21,
400permits.
Volume 9NOVEMBER, 1945Number 1COVERBOOKSCLOSE-UPSHISTORYINDIANSDEVELOPMENTNATUREFIELD TRIPBOTANYOASISMININGART OF LIVINGINDIAN CRAFTSHUMORLETTERSTRUE OR FALSENEWSCRAFTHOBBYCOMMENTPOETRY
NAVAJO FALLS, Northern Arizona. Photo by JosefMuench, Santa Barbara, California.Rockhounds
&
Arizona Minerals, other reviews . 1Notes on Desert features and their writers ... 3He Explored the Ancient Home of the KoshareBy HOPE GILBERT 4Supai Shangri-LaBy DAMA LANGLEY 9Ah-Ve-Koov-o-Tut, Ancient Home of the MojaveBy CHARLES F. THOMAS, JR 13'Circus Bug' of the DesertBy RICHARD L. CASSELL ....... 18Geodes in an Old 'Battlefield'By JOHN W. HILTON 19Giant and Midget PoppiesByMARYBEAL 23Where Palm Meets PineBy RANDALL HENDERSON 24Current news briefs 28Desert Refuge, by MARSHAL SOUTH 29'The Wood That Sings'By JERRY LAUDERMILK 31Hard Rock Shorty of Death ValleyBy HARRY OLIVER 32Comment from Desert readers 33A test of your desert knowledge 34Here and There on the Desert 35Amateur Gem Cutter, by LELANDE QUICK . . 40Gems and Minerals—Edited by ARTHUR L. EATON 41Just Between You and MeBy RANDALL HENDERSON 46Navajo Maiden, and other poems 47
The Desert Magazine is published monthly by the Desert Publishing Company, 636State Street, El Centre, California. Entered as second class matter October 11, 1937, at thepost office at El Centra, California, under the Act of March 3, 1879. Title registered No.358865 in U. S. Patent Office, and contents copyrighted 1945 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, nctify 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
Centra,
California.
NOVEMBER, 1945

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