The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899, June 15, 1892, Page 8, Image 8

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    T 11 IS il K H v E u t A N.
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These hills Are like a huge sponge that absorbs vast qtuntl-,
tics of water during the rainy senson, to keep fresh the plants
growing in its depressions all ol the year. Do you sec that
n-n., ..M. .,.l.r lnwlv nlomr the hillside away there?
There arc probably several thousand in that flock or sheep.
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tendered by a lone shepherd and ms uogs, win. nvc ... .....
in some obscure canon; over there you see another, and yon
der still another flick.
Here at last is the observatory, weather-beaten and
...,i i it nnt xtrnniFc what a mania some people have for
carving their natnes in conspicuous places. He careful as you
approach that bluff a few rods away, as you will discover that
it drops off abruptly several hundred feet down. Oh, you
had not noticed the snow capped peaks before? The one to
the north with such a bare, bleak-looking top, is Old llaltly.
one of the highest peaks in the southern part of the coast
range. What appears to be shrubs in the lower edge of the
snow, are large pines. The crevices are huge canons nearly
filled with snow. The peak is about forty miles distant you
know, and is about 7,000 feet above us, although we are
2.000 feet above the surrounding valley. I he lower moun
tain to the left Is Wilson's Peak, where Harvard University
may place a monstrous telescope, in the near future. Now
turn to the right, and you will sec in the distance the snow
capped peaks of San Hcrnardino mountains, and to the east
Mount Snn Jacinto, seventy-five miles away, holds Lis hoary
head 11,000 feet up in the air. Southwest 'ol us you see the
broad expanse of the Pacific sparkling in the sunshine, with
Santa Catalina Islands lying like a gem on its bosom. The
mi u iwciiiv miles distant and Catalina is thirty miles Irom
the shore, yet see how distinctly its jagged outline shows
against the clear blue sky. That point of land projecting
into the ocean, looking like a huge finger pointing silently
at the lone island, has at its extremity the rocky, precipitous
bluffs upon which is situated the lighthouse, and near which
ic ; ivdro harbor. Use your field glass, and you will see
n forest of masts rising from ships that have come from or
soon will be off to various foreign ports. A few miles to the
south is Long Hcach, one of the many famous summer resorts
of the const. At our right, twelve miles distant, lying near
n i, rWlrrp. Is what once was the old Mexican El Pueblo dc
Los Angeles, (the town of the angels,) its name now much
shortened, and its population increased in a far greater
reverse ratio. Unlike the unprogressive Mexican Pueblo it
formerly was it is now a lively, beau'iful city with a popu
lation made up of people from nearly all parts of the globe,
rivni- tl- rldee to the right is picturesque, thriving Pasadena,
lying at the foot of Wilson's Peak. That large building on
the eminence is the far famed Raymond hotel; and in the
valley below you see the San Gabriel mission building, from
which has gone forth, for over a century, influences that civil
ized and softened the nature ol the native tribes in ihc great
lerlile valley of the San Gabriel river. Scattered along the
foot-hills of the coast range, you can see Alhamba, Morouvia,
Azusa, Duarte, Untano, romono, aim many smau towns; ana
down the valley that stretches to the ocean, lies Downey,
Norfolk, Anaheim, Florence, Compton, and other villages
that during boom time aspired to be great cities. From this
peak we can count, in all, twenty-eight towns dotting the
beautiful valley about us; nnd the buildings of six or seven
higher institutions of learning are in sight. Winding through
the valley, flows the swift San Gabriel, a gracefully looped
ribbon among the golden orange groves, ihc dark green wal
nut fields, and the orchards of lemons, figs, apricots, guavas,
s ...... r- o.wl imniKiinnnlps Till snnni-(s ft f irrpi-n i-iii-ii.
peranum"", """ ....b. ,", , , 7 -- ,
and of yellow ripening bai'ey, mingled with the dark newly
ninwen uiic, -"- " '"uwt
Winding for eight miles along the side of the Pronto Hills
you will observe the irrigation system upon which your guide
spent his first six months in California. In some places a
way has been cut for it through cliffs of soft sandstone, rich
in marine molluscan remains of former age, end in others it
winds tortuously up and down the sides ol a canon. At our
ect lies the slty quokcr town named for the aged poet
Whitticr, who each jenr sends his namesake a letter that Ir
....i. .1... nnn.ml celebration of his birthday. Whitticr's
point of view is only a little inferior to that of ouis. Let us
descend to the quiet town and await the falling of the shades
of night, when we will nee spring up, as if by magic, in the
darkness belcw us, all brightly lighted, the towns we have
I.P..11 viewiiiL' from the observatory. A. J. McCl.ATCllIK.
a, ii, l,..in..ss mcetinti of the alumni on the 14th, the
following officers were elected: President, Mrs. H. H. Davis,
86; 1st vice-president, J. 0. Suiilh, '88; 2nd vice-president
O. V. P. Stout, '88; secretary, T. II. Marsland, '90; treasurer
E. K. Tingley, '90; historian, Miss Mary Trcemain', 8i.
'88 -Profeasor Caldwell .was chosen to do ivor the annual
address in '93, and '82 -Dr. I). H. Davis in '94.
'89 T. A. Williams sent in a paper to be rend before the
sem. hot. lie is soon to'bcgin work on a monograph on
Ninth American Aphicton with Prolessor Weed, of N. II.
Me is to take the western lurim while Professor Weed takes
the eastern.
Dan Hush, '91, attended the republican convention at
iinnnii.,iu. After commencement he goes to the demo
cratic convention and then back to his work as editor of the
Chehallis fa; in the state of Washington.
90--E. H. Holmes left on the 3rd for Philadelphia to
attend the wielding of his uncle, Mr. Jesse II. Holmes '84.
Heforc returning to his work on the State Jounml he will .
make a brief tour of the eastern cities.
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9J T. II. Marstnnu ami a. r. uuu .ut ku,,,k
northwest with Mr. Hruncr, '76, this summer. Mr. Marsland
will be in Lincoln high school next year, while Mr. Woods
will remain in his present position.
P. T. levell. formerly ol '02. who has up to the middle
of May been in the surveying services of thu H. & M., loft
on the 1st for Alask , where Is to be engaged in some min
ing oporations.
87 A. H. Higlow was in town Inst week on business
connected with the order of Knights of Labor, ol which he
is stale lecturer and organizer. Next ear he expects to
teach.
'8i Professor Fossler will be at work this summer on his
Faust lectures for the coming year, besides continuing the
work of editing Schcffel's 'Tiompeler von Sakkingcn."
76, It is understood that Professor Howard and wife
will spend the summer at Lincoln, and that the professor
will oe at worn in tne historical Horary.
'91 A. A. Faurol will be in Lincoln for some time this
summer studying. Next year he goes to Holdregc as princi
ple of the high school.
'oo L. H. S'c.ughton finished his work at Harvard on the
14th and has gone to Harrahoo Wis., 10 commence labor as a
Unitarian minister.
'89 C. W. Higlow and wife came in for commencement.
Mr. Higlow returns to Madison next year, as principle of the
school.
A. H. S'cphens, special, slopped at Lincoln May 30 to
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viau uiu iiiciiu. ueiure uoinn to ins 01a home
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