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ALONG THE GREAT PACIFIC SEABOARD
WITH ITS MANY CHARMS AND BEAUTIES
By Dr. H. K. Aiken.
The first Burn rlue an easterner
meets when he comes out here
Ik the size of these states. On the
Atlantic seaboard wo had the thirteen
Original states of the union. On the
shores, of the Pacific, three states
cover about the same distance, Cnl
IfomiM is five times as largo as South
Carolina; or to put it in another way,
you could place the states of New
York, New Jersey, Massachusetts,
Rhoda island, Maine, Vermont, Con
necticut, New Hampshire and Ohio
inside of the ringle state of California
and have live hundred square miles
of territory left over. Transplanted
to the Atlantic its shore line would
reach from Charleston to Boston.
This Tac t serves to explain the great
diversity of climate to he found in
California. in describing California
It is necessary to indicate whether \
you are referring to Northern, Ceti
tral or Southern California, It is
an error to suppose; that anything j
like uniformity of climatic conditions j
prevail. Two great mountain ranges
run north and south through it. The '
('oast range from ten to one hundred
miles hack from the shores eif the' j
Pacific, and the- Sierra Nevada's still
further inland. Up towards the
southern border of Oregon, Mt. Shasta ;
a magnificent, glacial crowne d peak ?
unites these two ranges. i shall '
have more: to say of this mountain
after awhile. There Is tillable Innel
between the Coasl range and the''
oc.er.n but the larger, central valley
contains most of the farming lands.
In the southern part of the state th?1
Coast range gradually breaks down
and disappears so that for lf?0 miles
an extensive plain faces the Pacific
running hack from Ifi to 50 miles;
Until it meets the foot-hlll8 of the
Sierra Mndre i meaning "the Mother
Mountains") which in this locality
have replaced the Sierra Nevada
taupe. Sierra means a saw-tootheel
mountain and Nevada means snowy.
This is Southern California and Los
Angeles is its metropolis.
The Cltj of The Angels.
This was the name given thO
location now covered by a modern,
growing, rich and beautiful city, one
hundred and twenty years ago by the
Franciscan fathers when they planted
here the mission of San Gabriel. It
was the fourth in the order of found
ing of a chain of 21 similar settle
mentS made from the Mexican border
up to San Francisco in this unex
plored wilderness by these earnest
pioneers. They did a wonderful
work in civilizing and trying to
christianize the aborigine-? and if the
limitations of an article like this did
not prevent, it would he a pleasant
t;sk to pay the tribute that is due'
their z<>al ami wisdom. To one
fond of such pastime the history of
the missions of old California is high
ly entertaining. These monks have
be- n criticised ami abused just as all
"men who do thinus" have been, over
since the* foundation of the world,
but when you see the' native Indian
of this part of the world the wonder
grows thai they wore able te> make
him work even a little hit. For
Ignorance, dlri, sloth and general
ItselCSSneSS the Mexican Indian is'
about iho limit. Remember that !
these Spanish padres were the' leaven
and the native- Indian the> loaf, that
occupied all t his ? normous domain
until compnrltlvely recchl times- j
; bout 1850. So that the: California
of today is a ne-w state* as we> count j
age. The edel mission e>f San C.nhricl
now within the limits of Los Angeles
is ke pt just as it was Over it hundred
years ago. NVe visited n on the Til
ton trolley trip. This is of a day's
duration, carries yon 100 miles for
100 e-e-nts seated |fi a reserved and
numbered revolving chair. S'oti v<?
In and out ami all tiroutie! Los Angeles
in a fast moving trolley car. Oil
this trip you can vlsll I'asadena. Illlio I
miles from l.eis Angeles, Cawstod's
ostrich farm, the inagllificeiil tour
ists hotels bttill here by millionaires
from all over the country, the three
million dollar Shore resort of Naples.
get a lish dinner fdr fifty cenls n( its
famous Pompelon cafe, cross over
Alamlto8 Hay in gondolas or launc hes
and ride up to i.emg Reach, another
suburban pleasure park, beside the
Pacific. This last named little city
has a permanent population of 25,000,
tine banks, skyscrapers, steam rall
wavs the beautiful Hotel Virginia on
an eminence overlooking the sea and
its "Walk of A Thousand Lights" is a
cement way 30 feet wide for two
miles along the surf. Los Angeles
has one of the best Fleetric traction
systems I have ever seen. One hun
dred and seventy five miles within
the city and including Inter-urban
service t'>7.r> miles of track. Much of
this is private right-of-way belonging
to the Pacific Fleet t ic Co. fenced off
from Interference. No complaints
about not going fast enough. The
Union station for all these lines is an
enormous building corner of Sixth
and Main, in the heart of the city.
There are so many sdde trips one can
[make from Los Angelea that n mere
list would bo too long. I wiil only
mention a few. Santa Catalina Is
lands, an enjoyable water trip from
San Pedro which is the port of entry
0 I.os Angeles, twenty miles inland.
Hero is Avalon and in a cove walled
off Irom the oceun by llic island you
see tic marine gardens with their
Cora and fauna, through glass bot
tomed boats, T/bey have a lish out
in t!;!s part of the world culled the
Burra-cootu (don'l know whether that
is the way to spell ii bill I know the
fish is all io the good.) The llesh
is white, delicate, finely llnvored and
a few large hones. Another good
one is a fiie. Sand-Dab. M Its in
your IllOUth. The waters of the Pa
cific are much cooler than our ocean.
Ilestuttrants serve oysters every
month in the calendar. Passing on
out of the central street of Pasadena
you can ascend Mount Lowe by a
wonderful cable incline or if you pre
fer to forgo the clouds and keep your
feet on the ground, the trolley will
carry you to Rodondo beach. Santa
.Monica, where you will sec acres of
oil derricks out in wheat fields or In
truck gardens and some of them are
actually out in the surf. Venice (in
America. I Ocean Park, IMaya Del Hey
and still others remain to be visited
if you are not tired. I.os Angeles
has miles of tlowor-eovered Bungalow
homes facing on Pnlm-glrt avenues.
It also has palatial hotels and thea
tres, splendid business blocks ami
everything else that an up-to-date city
can toa>t. We were there for t'.ie
Elks' parade, an elaborate street
pageant by day and marvellous elec
trical effects at night. The scene
was one of moving beauty as the dif
ferent delegations in costume marched
by the reviewing stand. The white
hosts from Denver. the colonial
dames of Uostoil following a Bunker
Hill monument on wheels, the cowled
monks of Santa Barbara, the orange
men from Redlatlds, the Rollers of
Cincinnati and tile two lone colonels
from Kentucky these and all the
other fun-makers for the visitors will
linger long In memory 1 Near me on
the stand was a .lolly old P.Ik, too fat
in walk in the sun and as each suc
cessive lodge appeared he would rise
and shout ?'Hoorah for-(who ever
happened to be passing tyou are der
best lookin fellows in the der whole
bunch" and the paraders would pass
on immensely pleased but blissfully
Ignorui.t of the fact that he had been
saying the same thing to all who had
proceeded them for hours. A
crowd of P.Iks is a fun factory.
Hut it is Friday night July 16th. and
our train will move out so'.netinie
during the night for Santa Barbara.
We are going up the Coast route of
the So. Pacific. This system has
another route inland, that is optional
with tourists. If I were not so tired
from days of sight-seeing I would
like to tell of the complimentary trip
the Sail Lake route gave us back lo
Riverside, Pomona. Redland and the
San Gabriel valley, where the orange
groves, vineyards, olive and prune
groves are. The magnolia avenue
IIUIO riile and a peep into the quiet,
cool fragrance of the Mission inn at
Riverside t< mpt one to write on. but
readers as well as writers, sometimes
tire. To visit this Riviera in
America will be better than might
1 can do.
We have arrived at Santa Barbara,
had breakfast on our dining car and
Rone over the City and up the hill a
few miles to the mission. This mis
sion as it stands today, Is the largest,
best preserved and most Interesting
of all "the twenty-one. Built of stone
and adobe with a covering of tile
made by tie Indians. In the open
space in front, stands an old fountain
over a hundred years old but still
playing, The Church has two chapels
and four side altars. The walls are
covered with oil paintings and the
attars with wooden statues of saints.
Passing through the chapel you enter
the old cemetery or Cnmpo Santo.
Here are burled four or live thousand
persons in a plot perhaps a hundred
feet square. One or two young monks
in coarse brown cowls ami sandlet!
feet were pulling the rijiss and weeds
j from among the Mowers along the
walks. The present population of
the mission Is only 40 or fiO, where
in former days hundreds of priests
and thousand of parishioners came
and went. These monks cared for
all travellers, no matter bow poo.,
In the olden days. Now, their days
are spent in study, work and prayer,
their nights in a stone cell. When
the sand in life's hour glass runs
down the old bell in the tower will
turn on its wooden beam and raw hide
fastenings as one by one the soil of
the Campo Santo claims their bones.
From such melancholy scenes we
quietly retraced our steps to the cozy
little mission passenger station of
the So. Pacific, crossed the tracks and
strolled awhile over the large Potter
hotel and its ample and well kept
grounds. Laughter and tears are
never far apart In this world. Here
at the station was a famous band
(La Monnca's) playing for the delight
of tourists. Paderewskl No. 2. was
its conductor. We applauded his
leadership? be played again and if
his hair bad not been real he would
have shaken it off. We sang a bar
o;- two of "Dixie" and the crowd went
wild. As ?im- train palled out Pad
ercwskl No. :.' was having an epileptic
lit to the accompaniment of the brass
es. It is now noon and we are on
our way up the coast in dine at the
famous Paso Robles 11 > * i springs
hot?l. Tile tracks run along the
edge of a high bluff. As ihr as you
can see to tl.e west stretches the
green Pacific full of floating seaw ted
or kelp. Ti-.e breakers now and
then reach the track, hut we dart
around crag and promontory follow5, g
two big oil burning locomotives. We
reached Paso Robles before dark and
inspected the SOliri'OUndingS. These'
are the most noted hot springs in
the state'. The bathing establish
monl connects by a glass enclosed
passage with the- hotel lobby. The
wate rs are> alkaline and sulphur vary- ,
ing in temperature from CO te> 120
The grounds are large nnd some
little distance from the depot hut the
smell of sulphur gre-ets you early and
stays late. We had a good dinner
after we got in the dining room but
the cottem states spee-ial of the
Qlieen and ('resent, another from
New Jersey and one or two more had
preeecded us and we; had to wait
quite awhile for it. The. Stream of j
tourists is larger than usual this
season. Retiring on our train we
will stop next at Del Monte, after
A stop at Del Monte. Cal.. is a
pleasant break in the trip from Los
Angeles te> Frisco. Situated 325
miles north of the former on the
shores of Monterey Day near the!
quaint and historic town of Old
Monterey, the town presents a mix
ture' of old Spanish and modern
buildings. Here was the first capital
of California and a little- frame shack
? its first theatre, where Jenny Lind
sang in 1 s47.
We a.re* now on "The roads of a
thousands wonders." if you have
never loeikeel over a copy of this
booklet send te> the> passenger depart
ment of the Southern Pacific for a
copy. its pictures are better than
any magazine and some day you will
visit the'se' wonde-rs and prove how
accurate is the portraiture. One of
the wonders is the hotel Del Monte.
Its grounds are perhaps the finest
to be see n in America. One hundred
and twenty live acres of landscape'
In its Arizona garden you see CO
varieties of cacti. The IT mile drive
around Cypress Point with its seal
rocks. e>stiie-h tree-, witch tree and
Chinese fishers' huts is famous over
the world. What is here known as
the' ex press is said to lie' the" saine? as
the> cedars of Lebanon. We spent the
morning riding ami walking among
the 1300 different varieties of plant
life being cared for by expert garden- 1
Crs lo re. Not too hot nor too cold,
the combination of mountain air and:
salt breeze is a wonderful tonic. We'
lefl about noon for Santa Cruz? >
"City of the Holy Cross". From this
fashionable seaside resort we took 1
carriages and automobiles for a big
tree grove aboul six miles back in the'
mountains. The big i re-cs of Califor
nia belong to the family known as
seqiiola or redwood. The' smaller
ami medium sized variety is the- prin
cipal kind of lumber cut in California,
while the giants are now preserved
in groves, lOach tree- has a name.
Seinie' of them ate' 340 feel high and
over 100 fee t around the; base. The
baric is rather soft and from one' to
four feet thick. Their ngc is deter
mined by counting the smaller rings
from ihe centre?a ring a yenr.
Prof. Miiir carefully examined a iroo
partly, burned through ami found it
te> be over 3,000 years old. Think of
standing in the presence of a living
thing even a i:ee thai was grown
when the- Dabo of Bethlehem lay in
bis manger! They b>e>k now Jur.l .as
they elid when Columbus was landing.
Yotl f< el like' taking off your hat in
their presence or paying some form
of homage to such antiquity.
"Oil Mother Nature- hold my hand
And steady me a little while-,
That I may feel and understand
This awe Inspiring sight sei grand.
I ne-ve-r kne-w, I ne-ver gueSSCd
But now I know what is is best".
These trees are the only survivors
of a pre-hlstoric earth, in the Marl?
poosa grove of the Yosemlte valley
are some larger than those here.
They grow nowhere except in the
COVC8 of the Sierra Nevada range.
Had California no Other attraction
than su<-li groves they would be
This is a city set upon an hill and
the glory of the hill Is this hotel. I
have no need of better accommoda
tions than this hostelry affords.
When you come o San Francisco
stop at the Fairmont. We have spent
two days here, visited Golden Gate
And Best Line
Consisting of a beautiful
line in different designs
made of the best quality
of material, with turned
rounds and well braced.
On account of buying in
5 car load quantities direct
from the manufacturers,
we can sell the best fin=
ished Chairs for what you
would have to pay for a
cheaper quality at other
park, the ('li:'t' house r.i;<! its seal
rocks, Chinatown nnd the presidio or
barracks. San Francisco lias not as
many handsome homes as 1 had ex
pected in vi< w cd the wealth resident
here. Too many frame houses. The
effects of their great lire meet you
on every sh". . Market street and
their main stores, hanks and oflice
buildings have been rebuilt, it is true,
but it will be a long time before San
Francisco is what it probably was
bet?re the lire. The city came very
near being located on an island, like
New York. It covers a fan shaped
peninsular and the stem of the fan
is a narrow ship passage between
high barren rock walls. This is the
Golden Gate. Uncle Sam has this
Gibraltar like entrance well fortified.
Oakland is the Jersey City to San
Francisco. This place is very windy
and cold, too cold to be seasonable
in .li ly. Most of the street cars in
use in San Francisco were the first
specimens that the builders of stich
things turned out I should say. If
Cnlhotin, Mllllnly ?t Co. are ever ac
quitted of the charges pending they
ought t<> be re-arrested for indicting
such antiquated means of transpor
tation upon a long suffering and
helpless public1. To attempt to pet
anywhere on a cable car here recalls
to mind the problem of your boyhood.
"If a frog fell in a well ami climbed
up a foot every night and dropped
back eight inches every day how long |
before lie would get out?''
Miss Sexton Wen Watch.
In I be Fan-Tax. contest, voting for
the most popular young lady of the
city, at the Palmetto drug store. Miss
Mayme Sexton of this city won the
prize, she having received 313 votes.
The prize was a handsome chntcliho
walch and charm,
Gel in the contest and work.
CHEAT POPULARITY CONTEST
I Vote for
(Not Good After August :10th.)
iTribble Clothing Co. |
Up-to-date Clothing and Shoes %
Hart Schaffner and Marx <
C Clothing *
f Edwin Clapp Shoes for Men ^
l Regal Shoe for Men and Women j|
jWe have just put in a full line of Women and i
Children Shoes and it will pay you to get ^
our price before buying ^
Tribble Clothing; Co. |
The Up-to-date One Price Clothiers #
Laurens, S. C. ?
IA Grcal Rise in Do/ Valuation. J
By W. I). S.
Crawford lias sold ids hound dog
llruno, to Cooley for his mule, Pete,
und bttggy. This cr.lls to mind ;:
young than down in S'owborry County,
who carried to his new home, ft Wife,
n pointer dOg nild II pun. Soon lite
don became a nuisance to the wife.
He ale up her eggs, killed her yOUUg
chickena ami often cleaned up their
breakfast- when hor back was turned
on the dop. She expostulated with
her husband to gel rid of the pointer.
Intt he was deaf to her entreaty.
She Anally told him she or (he dog
would have t<> go.
"Well, I am going down lo the court
house and I will sell the dop".
On his return from town he called
out, "Come here, wife! I have sold
Carlo for one hundred dollars".
"1 am so plad, Hubble. It is too
pood to he true?let me see tin
"Hold on then, I took the pay in
two puppies, at fifty dollars apiece."
So Preston got two for one, from
Barney In the dog trade.
Good sense Is a thing all need, few
have, and none think they want.
Are you Idle?
or do you want a better job?
I can interest you if you are
in either one of these'classes.
I have a good proposition for
three orj fourjmen* who^wttl
Tetter. Salt Rheum and Eczema
Arc cured by Chftiutierloin'fi snJvr. Out applies.*
Uon rdicvM th< Ilching ?ml burning sonuuon<
J. J. Adams
at Bank of I .aureus