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195702 Desert Magazine 1957 February

195702 Desert Magazine 1957 February

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THE DESERT EVENING CALLS
By GEORGIA JORDAN
Ocean Beach, CaliforniaThe Desert Evening calls, with siren's charm,And draws me
to
her drifting sand,Forgetful
of
the furnaced day's alarmWhen Death was hidden
in
her hand.The Desert Evening, casting shadows, callsTo welcome night.
I
catch
her
pleasantmood,And breathe
the
pure, cool
air as
twilightfallsAnd stars appear
to
share my solitude.
By TANYA SOUTH
Vague
is
the purpose
of
our faring,Dim our vision, small our scope,And puny
is
our highest daring.The problems with which
we
mustcopeAre so minute: And yet the ant,Scarce seeing us
as en it
trods,Will unto us high powers grant,And think
us
gods.
GOLDEN EAGLE
By JULIA BROGAN
Kansas City, MissouriUp
he
soars
to
breathless blue,Crggs and rocks beneath him spread,Clouds that dazzle overhead.He dips and turns, then lifts anew.In the boundlessness
of
space,With sun-bronze wings he hovers near.Nothing
in
depth
or
height
to
fear,He floats, with ageless, silent grace.Soon two more join him
in
the fun.O'er peaks too steep for man
to
climb,Infinitesimal, sublime,They disappear into the sun.
I'D RATHER
By EDNA
M.
NEWMAN
San Bernardino, CaliforniaI'd rather sleep
on the
ground 'neath
a
tamariskThan lodge
in
the finest hotel.Bask
in
the sun on the desert,Than live where the city folks dwell.I'd rather see stars up
in
heaven,Than lights
on
he great white way.Or listen
to the
night bird call
his
mate,Than
to
hear the finest band play.
By IRENE WELCH GRISSOM
San Gabriel, CaliforniaA lily true
to
type and fairAs
if it
grew with hothouse care,If lifts above the burning sandAnd lava rock
of
arid landTo bloom where little else will grow,Beset by bitter winds that blow.A lovely flower that lends its graceTo light
a
barren, lonely place.In every landscape something fairFor beauty breaks
in
everywhere.
BACK TO THE DESERT
By REN A OAKLEY LEWIS
Roseburg, OregonI want
to
go back
to
the desert;I feel lonesome and weary and old,I am lost
in
the maze
of
the city,I am sick
of
the rain and the cold.I want
to
see distant horizons,Feel the urge
of
their beckoning hands;Hear again the voice
of
the desertAnd the tales
of
the whispering sands.I want
to
hear coyotes yapping,Watch bright desert blossoms unfold,Climb
to a
hilltop
at
sunsetTo gather
a
heartful
of
gold.I want
to
sleep out
in
the open,Gaze up
at
the fathomless stars;The walls
of
this room
in
the cityEnclose me like cold prison bars.There, day
is a
sermon
in
living,And night
is a
hymn and
a
prayer;I want
to
go back
to
the desert,God seems closer to people out there.
MY LOVE FOR ROCKS
By MILDRED
A.
COWAN
North Bend, Oregon1 love
the
rocks, their colors
and
theirforms—Gifts
of
warm, high deserts
of
ocean'sstorms;The polished offerings
of
glacial flow;The prints
of
fronds that swayed—eons ago,I love these rocks
to
search
for
themamongThe hills,
or on the
beach, with knapsackslungReady
to
receive each cherished stone
. . .
I love
to
work with them—content, alone.I love the rocks—but may
I
never
be
So held by them that
I
no longer seeThe white crests
on
the waves, the wheelinggulls—The desert's vastness—a woodland's miracles.These charming rocks
I
will
not
love
the
lessFor taking time
to
watch clouds opalesce,Or
to
cultivate
old
friends,
who may not
find
A message
in a
geode, crystal-lined.My wealth
in
rocks
I
do not count
in
weight,But
in
the joy they give me—which
is
great,
s
PRIVATE DOMAIN
By ADELAIDE COKER
Ojai, CaliforniaBeneath the desert willow, the poolBeckoned
to
me, limpid and cool.Thirsty,
I
bent my head
to
drinkNever really stopping
to
thinkUntil
I
met the golden eyesOf two indignant dragonflies.
DESERT MAGAZINE
Lily of the Wasteland
Comparative
 
DESERT CflLEnDflR
Feb.
1-3—Parada
Del Sol,
Scottsdale,Arizona.
Feb.
1-3—17th
Annual Imperial
Val-
ley Tomato Festival, Niland,
Calif.
Feb.
2—Candlemas
Day
Dances
at
San Felipe, Cochiti
and San
Ilde-fonso Indian Pueblos,
N. M.
Feb.
2-3—17th Annual Palm Springs,California, Rodeo.
Feb.
3-—Dons Club Tour
of
Jeromeand Montezuma Castle NationalMonument, from Phoenix, Ariz.
Feb.
3-5—New Mexico Wool Grow-ers Association Convention, Albu-querque.
Feb.
3-27—Exhibition
of Oil
Paintingsby Milford Zornes, Addingtqn
Gal-
lery, Desert
Hot
Springs, California.
Feb.
4—State Pancake Race, Clayton,New Mexico.
Feb.
7-10-—Tucson, Arizona, OpenGolf Tournament.
Feb.
8-10 10th
Annual ImperialValley Carrot Carnival, Holtville,California.
Feb.
8-10—Dons Club Tour
of
ZionNational Park
and
Hoover
Dam,
from Phoenix, Arizona.
Feb.
9—University
of
Nevada
Win-
ter
Ski
Carnival, Reno.
Feb.
9-10—Jaycee Silver Spur Rodeo,Yuma, Arizona.
Feb.
9-10 —
Western Saddle Club1957 Stampede, Phoenix, Arizona.
Feb.
10—Desert
Sun
Ranchers
Ro-
deo,
Wickenburg, Arizona.
Feb.
12-13 —
Tri-State HerefordBreeders Show, Clayton,
N. M.
Feb.
12-17—Arizona Sports, Vaca-tion, Boat
and
Trailer Show, Phoe-nix.
Feb.
15 — San
Juan Pueblo,
New
Mexico, Dances.
Feb.
16-17 —
Sheriff's Posse Cham-pionship Rodeo, Chandler, Ariz.
Feb.
16-19—Air Force Pacific CoastConference
Ski
Championship Meet,Reno, Nevada.
Feb.
16-24—Riverside County Fairand National Date Festival, Indio,California.
Feb.
17—Bandollero Tour
to
KofaPalm Canyon, sponsored
by
Cham-ber
of
Commerce
and
Parks
De-
partment, Yuma, Arizona.
Feb.
17-24 10th
Annual CactusShow, Desert Botanical Garden,Phoenix, Arizona.
Feb.
21-24—La Fiesta
de los Va-
queros, Parade
and
Rodeo, Tucson,Arizona.
Feb.
22-23
— 10th
Annual SquareDance Festival, Phoenix, Arizona.
Feb.
23-24—Arizona
Ski Cup
Races,
Flagstaff.
Feb.
23-24
Arabian Horse Show,Scottsdale, Arizona.
Feb.
27—Desert
Sun
Ranchers Rodeo,Wickenburg, Arizona.
Feb.
28
Annual ThunderbirdTennis Championship Tournament,Phoenix, Arizona.
Feb.
28—Indian School Open House,Phoenix, Arizona.Mid-February—Mid-Winter
Ski Car-
nivals
at
Santa
Fe,
Taos,
and Al-
buquerque,
New
Mexico.
Volume 20FEBRUARY. 1957Number 2COVERPOETRYCALENDARHISTORYTRUE OR FALSEPERSONALITYMEMORIALWILDFLOWERSFICTIONFIELD TRIPNATUREGHOST TOWNCLOSE-UPSCONTESTPHOTOGRAPHYGARDENINGLETTERSRECREATIONEXPERIENCENEWSMININGURANIUMHOBBYLAPIDARYCOMMENTBOOKS
Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus BlossomsBy JOSEF MUENCHLily of the Wasteland, and other poems ... 2February events on the desert 3The Great Diamond Hoax of 1872By H. N. FERGUSON 4A test of your desert knowledge 6Jim Mahone, Hualpai Scout, by MAY E. YOUNG 8He Would Preserve the Primitive WildernessBy WELDON HEALD andRANDALL HENDERSON 9Flowering Predictions for February 10Hard Rock Shorty of Death Valley 10Green Garden Stone Above Old RavennaBy JAY ELLIS RANSOM 11Beetle that Stands on Its HeadBy EDMUND C. JAEGER 15Only the Sidewalk Remains at Gold CreekBy NELL MURBARGER 17About those who write for Desert 22Picture-of-the-Month Contest announcement . . 22Pictures of the Month 23When Desert Dweller Plants a TreeBy RUTH REYNOLDS 24Comment from Desert's Readers 26On Desert Slopes with the SierransBy LOUISE TOP WERNER 27Arizona Homestead in 1913By CARRIE S. FRAIZER 28From here and there on the desert 30Current news of desert mines 34Latest developments in the Industry .... 35Gems and Minerals 37Amateur Gem Cutter, by DR. H. C. DAKE . . 41Just Between You and Me, by the Editor ... 42Reviews of Southwestern Literature 43
The Desert Magazine
is
published monthly
by the
Desert Press,
Inc.,
Palm Desert,California. Re-entered
as
second class matter July
17, 1948, at the
postoffice
at
Palm Desert,California, under
the Act of
March
3, 1879.
Title registered
No.
358865
in U. S.
Patent Office,and contents copyrighted
1957 by the
Desert Press,
Inc.
Permission
to
reproduce contentsmust
be
secured from
the
editor
in
writing.RANDALL HENDERSON, EditorBESS STACY, Business ManagerEUGENE
L.
CONROTTO, Associate EditorEVONNE RIDDELL, Circulation ManagerUnsolicited manuscripts
and
photographs submitted cannot
be
returned
or
acknowledgedunless full return postage
is
enclosed. Desert Magazine assumes
no
responsibility
for
damage
or
loss
of
manuscripts
or
photographs although
due
care will
be
exercised.
Sub-
scribers should send notice
of
change
of
address
by the
first
of the
month preceding issue.
SUBSCRIPTION RATES
One Year $4.00
Two
Years $7.00Canadian Subscriptions
25c
Extra, Foreign
50c
ExtraSubscriptions
to
Army Personnel Outside
U. S. A.
Must
Be
Mailed
in
Conformity WithP.
O. D.
Order
No.
19687Address Correspondence
to
Desert Magazine,
Palm
Desert,
California
FEBRUARY, 1957

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