Covina Argus from Covina, California on January 25, 1908 · Page 7
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Covina Argus from Covina, California · Page 7

Covina, California
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Saturday, January 25, 1908
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"x GOVINA FURNITURE GO. FOR ANYTHING IN THE UNE OF fURMTURE or fLOOR COVERINGS SAFEST PLACE TC TRADE W. Q. CUSTKK, Manager Pooley's (ovina Nurseries Choice fcrtiH and potted plants, roses, carnations and other ornamental troes in season. Sales yard, corner of First street and San Bernardino Roud. THE VILLAGE OF GERMANY Quaint and Picturesque is the Life of its Workers. To understand the typical German village, one must remember that the tillers of the soil do not live in isolated houses but in little towns from which they go out to their fields. Tbe village, too, always consists of one long winding street in a valley, part of a main road between tbe large cities. With this preliminary knowledge, one Is not so shocked when be descends suddenly into a common ban- yard amid a gossiping confusion of geese and dogs and children and "Praus." in dodging which he is fortunate if he does not run over some of tbe numerous wagons, plows and other paraphernalia titling tbe thoroughfare. The most novel feature of tbe arrangements however, is tbe charming alteration of bouse and barn. The street will often be built solidly on each side, one flat occupied by a human family, tbe next by its dumb companions 'in toil, the third by another famiJy, the fourth by its cows and geese and ao to the end. In front of each barn flat) a cement reservoir extends out a third of the way across tbe street and also under the windows of the living rooms, iu which the refuse and drain- ings of tbe stable accumulate for several months at a time and exude their fragrance on the village atmosphere. While some of our ultra-extreme hy- geuic faddists might object to these hygenio arrangements, doubtless there are other features which make these conditions advantageous. It certainly would be more pleasant on a winter morn to step >into the cosy living room of tbe cow and attend to her needs and receive her donation, than to shovel and wade through 0 hundred yards of snow. Then there are other devices especially provided . for tbe social communion of tbe villagers, chief of which is the common laundry resort. In most of these towns there are hillside springs, or running water of some sort. At a cgnvenieut point, the women congregate ofl Monday morning with wide boards and paddles find proceed to slap the dirt out of the clothes and by the sound oue would suspect, from ov into their neighbor's reputa- tiona. This is a custom which would certainly find favor in western communities as well, and act as an efficient safety valve for the social longings of the village gossips. In common with most of the continental farmers, tbe German generally uses old fashioned and clumsy tools. His chief vehicle, a quaint little wagon with wheels not over three feet in height, is a striking contrast to the carts of England, France and Italy with their huge, heavi, wheels, six or seven feet tall. His oxen, too, are generally of a small yellowish brfled resembling' the Jersey. It is not until within \ a hundred miles of Paris or over the i Alps into Italy that the gigantic, white oxen of Rosa Bonheur appear. The villages in tho wine districts seem cleaner and the life more romantic to the tourists, Tbe vine yards are located on wagon starts, surrounded by a group of pickers singing and dancing to keep warm iu the chill autumn air. The procession may remind one of corn husking times on the farm, only each wagon has a larger folllowing. 1 The vineyards, themselves, with the yellow leaves of autumn and tbe rows of stakes stretching for miles j along the river bluffs, look not unlike great fields of corn. When the foot of the vineyard is reached the cows ore turned out to graze, the yoke still bound to their horns. The women and children mount the wall by the stone slabs left for that purpose and scatter among the vines. As their utensils are filled, they empty them into tbe tall basket hung on tbe man's back. He descends to tbe wagon, climbs a ladder and with a quick heave of tbe shoulders dump* the contents over bis bead into the vat. So tbe day passes. But toil does not cease with nightfall in the vintage time. The village street is dark. Lanterns shed a mystic glow about the laden wagons along either side. Men load baskets in the dim circle of the lantern and disappear into doorways still darker save for a dimmer glow far within the corridor. There are muffled sounds of grinding and of voices gruff and bushed. If one gathers up his courage and follows a basket-bearer back into the passage, the impression of something cltfn- destine deepens as be is lead back under the house into a great room hewn from the solid stone of the hillside. Here a stolid "Fran" and two or th'-ee children are turning a mill which devours the grapes, stems and all. The crushed product is thrown into a big press and tho juice which emerges from this is finally Stored in tbe gigantic casks s to age in the damp cell, far from light and beat. And yet these simple village people do not seem to realize that their life is romantic and fascinating. They think it is bard work and tbe visitor who asks questions in lame German, the mysterious feature of the evening. Well, well, how much depends upon the point of view. The Bathroom as * Have you ever considered that the money on a modern bathroom is a \v : .sc investment ? Investment. spent No fioulit you h;:vc given the matter more or less thought ami have arrived at a conclusion. We would like to express our views on tht sur-jct-t, and rn that account cordially invite von to c-.ill on us if interested. We handle the celebrated "£t(MKfai>d M Ware, the best material made. Let us quote you prices. W.S.SIDES. Plumber Barn Phone 240 Res. Phone 198 CITY LIVERY STABLES C. F. SMITH, Prop. Feed and Sale Yards in Connection Fast and Gentle Horses, Careful Drivers Stylish Rigs W. Badillo St., on the new electric line. COVINA, SUCCESSFUL **" SIZNI) FOR |:RUIZ tATAM)UUC POULTRY RAISERS USE Los Angeles Incubators EVERYTHING IN POULTRY SUPPLIES LEE'S EGO MAKER Acme Rou " Curc -s° c »'o»<paid — _ HENRY ALBERS CO. 534 S. MAIN ST. LOS ANdELI-S ratf FROM uce. Select Your Route TOURIST CARS To the EAST Via New Orleans, El Paso or Ogden Personally Conducted Tourist Excursions from Los Angeles to New Orleans, Washington, Cincinnati, Louisville, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Denver, Omaha, Minneapolis, St. Paul and other points in the East without change of cars. Through the warmer climate of the South, with its rice and cotton fields; or over the route of the Pioneers of '4% and across Great Salt Lake—"going to sea on a train." D. B. SCHENCK, Agent. Covina Home phone 144 or G. L. TRAVIS, Commercial Agent, Pomona Home phono <">!; Sunset Main 70 Southern Pacific Los Angeles Oflice, <>00 S. Spring St., corner Sixth hillsides so steep that they must always be terraced, sometimes a ten foot wall, not bankiug up soil for mom than an equal space for vines. The quality of the wine produced is in direct ratio to the amount of stone in the soil. The finest vineyards are planted in almost solid Beaumont Sales for Week Ending January 18. The Beaumont Laud & Water Company report sales for the last week, covering acreage and lots, to the auioupt of 86500. This makes, up to present date, since the last of September, total sales of over 8140(000. Thfe acreage south of tho towusite of Beaumont and in section 11, to the east of the townsite, has proved exceptionally attractive. The company was forced to plat this hurriedly on account of the rapid sales ot acreage iu the townsite and Huds that the plat was prepared none too, soon. Practically one-half of setion 11 is already sold. In addition to this, one buyer, who has already purchased areage immediately south of the depot, has had reserved a tract of a little more than 50 acres. This gentleman is an experienced farmer of considerable wealth, and after examining the soil thoroughly and learning the source of the water supply and observing the hoalthfulness of the locality, he immediately expressed himself as desirous of purchasing this large tract, lie says he has seen nothing in the southwest whuih has appealed to him as strongly as the laud in Beaumont. Among steep sloping! the many other buyers of last Thursday's excursion WHS a real et-.tatc man of Los Angeles, who hns for many years been a close etudcnt of farm values aq well as city valuer The number of improveri.'fiitH continue to increase. Every excursion reveals new buildings or brings ont the fact that new plans are being stone. They do not produce so '. d rawn preparatory to building. At heavily as the vines in richer soil but I the present time the building for the grapes yield 1 a choicer wine and the vines are much longer lived, sometimes producing for a century. The tillage must necessarily be performed entirely by hand, a rude mattock serving fur plough. The fertilizer is all carried up on the thu new printing establishment i« about completed and next Thursday the first issue of the Gateway (Ja/ette, a Beaumont paper, will be added to the state's newspaper list, under tie editorship of Arthur J. Burdick, formerly known as one. of the editors of laborers' banks and the graphs are the Los Angeles Evening News. L. transported down iu the same man- ft. Kegern of Los Angeles was in ner. In tne vintage season, about ftanta Ana yesterday for the purpose Tulare County Lands are selling more rapidly than at any time in the history of the state. Why? Because the land is fine, the water pure and climate conditions unexcelled for the growing' of fruits, vegetables and alfalfa. Tulare County raises the cleanest oranges and the earliest. Though young in development about 3000 cars of oranges will be shipped this season. The grape industry is one of the surest in- vestments of all, and peaches, apricots, prunes, figs, olives and all small fruits grow to perfection. We have sold over ')()() acres of this land in the past two weeks. This shows how it is going. We have for this week one exceptional bargain. 160 acres only 3 miles from a good town, directly on the railroad. Fine soil, no hard pan nor alkali, for only $25 an Acre We have seen these lauds and can tell you their (jualitius, come and go up there wiih us and see for yourself. or the first of November, the villages are tbe scenes of picturesque activity. Before daylight one is wakened by calls! and laughter and the sound of hurrying feet. In the dim dawn, , he looks from the window and sees the street tilling with bear headed women and girls and boys gathering iu gruiifja around the little low wheeled wagons with the imge vats towering above them. Then tLe men lead out tilt; ieuius uf i.'.v.s, li«ok the tofgue to the yoke and uway each uf buying laundry e.x[iectH to erect a building at once. machinery. Ho concrete laundry Special Sale of Millinery. at Miss Keckard's on North Citrus avenue. All trimmed hats at oim- third oft of regular price and a lot at 81.00 each. High grad* of ostrich {ilumes will be sold at a."- i-er cent leMi than regular price. Come and see thim. Phone 5008 J. H. MATTHEWS COVINA, CAL. *^^^^

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