One of next month's features for DES-ERT will be the story of Eddie Main,prospector, who sums up his philosophythis way: "It isn't greediness for wealththat keeps a prospector going ... it's thefun of living, the friends you make, andthe freedom that goes with it." Eddielives a stone's throw from Senator Char-lie Brown's general store at Shoshone,California—and it was there in the Mo-jave desert that author F. Conrad, aRiverside engineer, first met Eddie whileinvestigating property for the Kaisercompany.• Most people, who have heard of HopiIndians at all, associate them with snakesbecause of the annual ceremonial prayerfor rain in which their snake "brothers"feature. But Hopis also will tell you that"Eagles are Hopis, just like snakes areHopis." For the next issue, Dama Lang-ley has recorded what one of the EagleMen told her of this saga of ancient Hopidays.• Although Margaret Carrick looks ather neighbors' sumptuous gardens withfull appreciation, she confesses, "I seeeven more sheer beauty in a rainwashed,sun-bleached stick which God has creat-ed and the winds have bent and curvedinto a thing of grace which cannot beduplicated." That's why her flower ar-rangements are called "weeds" by others.Some of them will be published in DES-ERT next month; one group appeared inthe December, 1944, issue.
Jan. 31-Feb. 3—Tucson livestock show,including 16 classes in horse division.World's championship quarter horsespeed trials at Rillito race track, Jan.27 and Feb. 3. Stake races, same datesand Feb. 10.
31—Two-month open seasonon Javelina (peccary or wild pig) inArizona. Strict regulations on use ofrifles and bows.
16—Mineral show and field trip,sponsored by Desert Gem and MineralSociety, Blythe, California.
22-24—La Fiesta de los Vaquerosand 21st annual rodeo, Tucson, Ari-zona. For information write Sheriff EdEchols, Chamber of Commerce,Tucson.
23-24—Sierra Club trip to HiddenSprings from Box Canyon (9V2 milesfrom Mecca, California). Desert SteveRagsdale, Desert Center, will be hostand leader.
28-Mar. 2—International DesertCavalcade, Calexico, California. His-torical pageant and fiesta.
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DESERT RIDERS. Organ Pipe national monument,near Ajo, Arizona. Photo by Chuck Abbott,Tucson.Notes on Desert features and their writers ... 3Desert Hour, and other poems 4Crater of the Setting SunBy JOYCE ROCKWOOD MUENCH .... 5Wood for Indian BowsBy RANDALL HENDERSON 9Hard Rock Shorty of Death Valley 12Desert Refuge, by MARSHAL SOUTH . . . .13He Brought African Dates to CoachellaBy ROY W. NIXON 15Chief of the NavajoBy DAMA LANGLEY 20Desert Signoost to WaterBy MARY BEAL 22Giant Ironwood of the PalensBy JOHN HILTON 23There's a Reason for Those Barbs and SnaresBy JERRY LAUDERMILK 27Comment from Desert readers 31A test of your desert knowledge 32Here and There on the Desert 33Current news briefs 38Gems and Minerals—Edited by ARTHUR L. EATON 39Amateur Gem Cutter, by LELANDE QUICK ... 45Just Between You and MeBy the Editor 46The Southwest in literature 47
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