line on one of the trucks caught fire andthe men fought the blaze without success.The order was given to unload the truck,but not being able to reconcile such a loss,and thinking this a good time to demon-strate that a missionary could do somethingbesides preach, I snatched a shovel fromthe hands of one of the men and simplyburied the motor under snow. The fire wasout but much serious damage had been
We all figured that this motor wasthrough, short of a major overhaul.It was long after nightfall of this secondday when we reached Hubbell's tradingpost at Pinyon, with the cold piercing tothe very marrow of our bones. To ourgreat surprise and admiration, the truckwhich had been through the fire early that
came limping into Pinyon withits Indian driver a couple of hours behindour caravan. That night we slept in ourbags on the floor around the big stove inthe center of the trading post shown onpage 19 in the April
The point of my letter is this: I wasspending all my time with my people inthose days. But in spite of the terrific
which they could in no wise afford,I heard not one single word of complaintfrom the Navajos. They accepted theirlosses stoically, calmly, philosophically.They simply tightened their belts and car-ried on from there.Do you not see why I have given thebest years of my life to this noble people,and why, during all those years, I wouldnot have traded places with any man onthis earth?BERLYN H. STOKELYNavajo Gospel Mission
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The Southwest's important—and eye-pleasing—chiliharvest season begins in September. Cover photograph byWestern Ways Features of Tucson shows field hands spreadingthe freshly-picked chilis out to dry. After curing under the desertsun, these bright peppers will be ground into chili powder. Thefull story begins on page 11.
7 FIELD TRIP:
Popular Gem Trails in Western Arizona
The Desertland's Colorful Crop: Chili Peppers
Eastern Artist Henry Mockel Settles on the Mojave
The Tea That Grows Wild on the Desert
The Indian Applied Arts Business
EUGENE L. CONROTTO
22 NEW BOOK:
Refreshing Photos of Death Valley Scotty
TOM G. MURRAY
James Townsend—Mining Camp Journalist
HOWARD K. LINDER
34 TEST DRIVE:
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Our Friend Hairy, The Tarantula
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