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196207 Desert Magazine 1962 July

196207 Desert Magazine 1962 July



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Ghost Island
Joseph Wood Krutch: "Man's Marh
Camps' Glorious Fourth
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oh man! It's
hotter than
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yourselves apart into
while." Mark
6:31Truly our desert is a many-splendored place. At times itchallenges man's ability to recognize its bounty. One of thosetimes is now. Truth is, our desert heat is more endurablethan the stifling humidity most of the nation suffers. We sonsof the sun have learned to refrigerate, or estivate. We havealso learned to appreciate; summer colds are rare, congestedlungs clear up, arthritis fades, spirits soar and hope returns.Colors are intensified, landscapes glow, stars acquire newbrilliance, life in general revs down so that we have time toenjoy it. Thank you, Lord.
Two of the things I love most were born in July—me, andthe United States. But when 1 straight-faced as much to myteenage daughter, she shot right back—"Mother, let's havea big party on July 4, hey?" My day's the 20th.
Only reason Independence Hall wasn't in Phoenix wasbecause the transcontinental railway hadn't been built; theLiberty Bell was too heavy to haul out here in a wagon.
I worry some about that Liberty Bell anyway. Here latelythe bureaucrats and treasury raiders have been putting toomany new cracks in it.
When I get knotted up like that, worrying about nationalaffairs, I usually throw a canteen of water and a little snackof grub into the car and head for the wild free hills. Up backof Four Peaks last Spring 1 asked a 70-year-old prospectorif he knew what to do about inflation. "'Ain't heered of it,"said he. See what I mean?"Failure," declared Doc Clarence Salsbury, who hasnever experienced it, "conies to him who follows theline of least persistence."
Don't bother making a flowery speech this July 4 unlessyou are also willing to shoulder a rifle, serve on a draft board,or at least donate a pint of blood. Patriotism, American style,is not synonymous with oratory. It is limited to one magnifi-cent word—
"Civilian service," Governor George Hunt of Arizona oncetold me, "is no less important than military. Hang out a flag,
But don't sit down then, thinking you have done yourduty. Freedom is a sacred trust. And it is not free."
America ever starts getting as much government as it'spaying for, we're sunk.
Seems the mayor of Nipton on the Mojave Desert wastrying to hire a preacher for their new church. "Rev'rend,"said he, "are you by any chance a Baptist?""No sir, I'm not," the good man answered. "Why?""Well, I was just going to explain that we have to haul allour water about 30 miles."
What you are about to read is a true story; nothing hasbeen changed except the wording and the facts:It's not really very hot on the desert in summer. The im-pression of warmth is largely in the imagination. The drynesskeeps the air from being oppressive. In fact you won't noticethe heat at all if you just work hard in the bright cheerfulsunshine.
right, all right, so it's hot.
you expect in
Back in January I gave you a recipe for a palliative guar-anteed to alleviate the heat. Naturally you weren't interestedthen, but you will be now: Mix
cup of lemon juice withl!/2 cups of sugar and chill. Into this slowly pour one quartof whole milk, stirring rapidly. Freeze at once in a hand-turnfreezer. Have a small baseball bat handy to keep neighborsaway from this matchless Sun Country Sherbet, or quadruplethe amount frozen.
As I survey the world from my favorite Point of Rocks, itappears that shiftless people very rarely manage to get intohigh gear.
I feel a little sorry for a certain college professor in Arizona.The kindly gent, poking around on the desert, found whatseemed sure to be the burial place of a gargantuan prehistoricmonster. He and his students were diligently sweating to digout the bones, when Tyson Carter, who owned the land, hap-pened along. Ty watched them a while, chewing his tooth-pick and grinning, then said, "Gents, some of those rib bonesare 12 feet long, all right, and the tail is at least 70 feet. Butthey were hauled in here a few years ago by a show man whowanted to make money exhibiting them. He lost his shirt,and I let him bury them out here. Them's just whale bones."
Statistics reveal that 108.9 percent of the desert dwellerswho say they'd rather stick it out in the hill heat in July andAugust instead of going to the cool California beaches, arelying. Truth is, we just ain't got the money.
Be assured, good friends, that life will knock you toyour knees.
that's the ideal position in which topray.
This may well be the desert citizens' basic philosophy oflife:
Freedom from want, if interpreted as freedom fromnecessity to struggle, would be a calamity if ever realized.
Not meaning to be wise-cracky about it, but hoping to helpweld the unique strength of our close-to-God desert-countrycitizens, I leave you with this thought in this, the month ofour nation's birth:If we aren't careful when we go to the polls, governmentof the feeble, by the feeble and for the feeble will not perishfrom the earth. ///
Desert Magazine
Time for a history lesson with South-west overtones, purpose of which is to showthat the "Spirit of 76" was not confined tothe Atlantic seaboard. Here, month bymonth, are the major occurrences in theSouthwest (SW) and East Coast (EC) in 1776.
EC—Colonial attack on Quebecfails; Washington strengthens Boston Armywith siege guns. SW — Father Garces atYuma attempts to establish a lasting peaceamong the Indian tribes whose representa-
Volume 25Number 7
This Month's Cover
Mullet Island was a popular resort, but then in the late 1940s thewaters of Salton Sea rose and flooded the connecting mainlandroad,and the island's facilities were abandoned to vandals and the elements.Thus, uniquely, another desert ghost town came into being. (See storyon page 7.) Photo by Greenfield Lawrel.
Personality of the Month—
26 Riverrunner Art Greene
Exploring the Desert—
7 Salton Sea's Ghost Island14 First Visit to Anza-Borrego28 Last Call for Glen Canyon Float Trips
Observations. Discoveries—
FRANK JENSENDICK SNYDEROREN ARNOLDDesert Detours3 The Desert in July10 The Desert's Architectural Design FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT22 Is "Progress" Destroying the Southwest? JOSEPH WOOD KRUTC-H38 Poem of the Month ADELAIDE COKER
Nature's Wonders—
18 The Smoke Tree's Beautiful Ways
The Good Old Days—
20 Fourth of July—As It Was
Other Features—
5 Letters from our Readers6 New Ideas for Desert Living34 Garden Hints for July35 New and Interesting Southwest BooksEDMUND C. JAEGERPEGGY TREGODAN LEECHARLES E. SHELTON
Three months after Independence Day, Father Escalanteentered Utah Valley. Painting by Keith Eddington.
tives he meets there.
EC—SmallColonial fleet sails to Bahamas; Washing-ton continues siege of Boston. SW—After14 days of travel, Garces reaches the Mo-javes (near Needles).
EC—Colonialfleet captures munitions at Nassau; Britishevacuate Boston. SW—Garces makes hisway westward, discovering and traversingthe whole of the Mojave River, and arrivesat the mission of San Gabriel (Los Angeles)on March 24.
EC — Washingtonreaches New York with 1800 men. SW—Garces reaches a point on Kern River northof present-day Bakersfield.
EC—Wash-ington confers with Continental Congress inPhiladelphia on the question of indepen-dence. SW—Garces returns to the Mojavecountry, confirms the peace among the fivetribes whose representatives assemble there.But on May 31, in order to prevent the kill-ing of the Hualapai delegates by the Mo-javes, he accompanies them to their lands(Kingman, Ariz.).
EC!—Howe, heavilyreinforced from Great Britain, virtually iso-lates New England. SW—Garces proceedsnorthward to the Havasupai, then, seekinga route to Santa Fe, travels along the south-ern rim of Grand Canyon.
EC—Col-onies declare their independence. SW—TheHopis refuse to admit Garces to their pueblos,and he returns to the Mojaves.
EC—Washington forced to evacuate Brooklyn.SW •Garces continues southward to theYumas. Escalante and Dominguez leaveSanta Fe seeking a route to Monterey.
EC—Howe drives the Americansout of Manhattan. SWGarces visits theCocomaricopas and Pimas, censuring thenow uneasy peace, then returns to his mis-sion of San Xaxier del Bac near Tucson;Escalante and Dominguez cross the Green
continued on next page
DESERT is published monthly by Desert Magazine, Inc., Palm Desert, Calif. Application to mail at second class rate is pending atRiverside, Calif. Title registered No. 358865 in U.S. Patent Office, and contents copyrighted 1962 by Desert Magazine, Inc. Unsolicitedmanuscripts and photographs cannot be returned or acknowledged unless full return postage is enclosed. Permission to reproduce contentsmust be secured from the editor in writing. SUBSCRIPTION PRICE: $4 per year (12 issues) in the U.S.; $4.50 elsewhere. CHANGE OFADDRESS: subscriber should send notice of new address by the first of the month preceding issue month. DISPLAY ADVERTISING,CIASSIFIED ADVERTISING, EDITORIAL, CIRCULATION: address all correspondence to Desert Magazine, Palm Desert, California.
To subscribe, or to give a DESERT gift subscription, please use the coupon on page 38
July, 1962 / Desert Magazine / 3

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