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194002 Desert Magazine 1940 February

194002 Desert Magazine 1940 February

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Hard Rock settled himself com-
fortably in his battered old rocker
on the Inferno store porch and
gazed out over the landscape. A
rapidly moving cloud of dust ap-
proaching over the backroad caught
his eye.

"Dude comin'," he commented,
"an' don't ask me how I know it's
a dude cause I'm just about to tell
yuh."

He delved back into his memo-
ries a minute before he went on.
"It all goes back to the first car
there ever was in this country. A
dude comes in an' was goin' our
way so Pisgah Bill an' me rode out
to Bill's ranch with 'im. He drove
like the sheriff was after 'im, tearin'
along the old dirt road, climbin'
sand dunes, an' leavin' a cloud o'
sand an' dust behind 'im for four
mile. Bill an' me set there abso-
lutely petrified. Bill swallered his
chaw o' tobacco, an' me—I didn't
dast to spit. Tried to oncet an' it
met me 10 foot ahead so I quit. It
was close to 30 miles out there
an' we made it to the cabin in 30
minutes flat.

"Bill an' me stood up to get out
an' danged if we didn't bust right
through the floor boards an' get all
tangled up.

" 'Well, I'll be ding-danged!'
sez the driver. 'That never hap-
pened before!'

"We gets unscrambled and looks
'er over, an' do you know, that
guy'd drove so fast the sand'd
sandpapered the bottom o' that car
'til them floor boards was thin as
paper! Yes Sir—that's a fact! That's
how I know a dude's comin' far as
I can see 'im. Folks that lives here
don't drive so fast."

FEBRUARY, 1940

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Here is Hav-Cho-Cha at work at her pottery
bench on the Yuma reservation, and above,
three typical pieces oj her craftsmanship.

Yuma Pottery on Exhibit

Tom Worthington probably has the
finest collection of contemporary Yuma
pottery to be found anywhere in the
Southwest. Forty-odd pieces from the
Worthington group will be on exhibit
during February at the Desert Maga-
zine building in El Centro, California,
where they may be seen by readers
who find it convenient to call at the
Magazine office.

Most of the pot:ery made by
Yuma Indians is of the inferior
type sold to tourists during train
stops at the Yuma railroad sta-
tion. But Yuma women have the
native skill necessary to create
good pottery — and a few of
them are doing it despite the
fact that their market is very
limited. Here is a brief history
of the Yuma pottery industry,
written by a man who has lived
among these tribesmen for many
years.

the Uamai

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