Covina Argus from Covina, California on July 3, 1909 · Page 3
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Covina Argus from Covina, California · Page 3

Covina, California
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Saturday, July 3, 1909
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v- CRYSTAL LAKE LIES LIMPID FAR ABOVE THE CLOUDS. Unfathomable Body of Water Near Peak of Mount islip. Plunge of Triple Falls Spectacular Natural Wonder. HICKETS of maple, the eastern sugar maple, and beech, pine, poplar, sycamore and alder, tower above the struggling waters of Cold Brook in the north fork of the San Gabriel river. ' The forest lies wild and primeval on every side: giant trunks have fallen across chasms, forming rough bridges, and here and there, a monarch of years gone by is well-nigh'obliterated by the ravages of time, and its form rapidly becoming blended into the earth. The floor of the forest sinks like a plush carpet ..eneath the feet. The leaf-mold is the accumulation of untold centuries. And here is the thought which comes to the transplanted easterner who loves his forests of the Atlantic seaboard and tlie Middle West—it is like home. In California the heart-hunger for the deep woods is not satisfied until the mountains are invaded. The orchards, the byways, the shaded roads where the eucaluptus fringes, do not satiate the longing, and with the dweller in the plain is always that sense of something wanting to make up the full measure of his happiness. On the slopes of the Sierra Madre, twenty miles from the mouth of the San Gabriel canyon, it is found, and it is satisfying, beautiful beyond the ords of our language,. filled with a ondrous undisturbed grandeur which kens it to some tremendous cathe- luxuriant during every month of the year. The water of this cienega conies from an icy spring that trick les down the face of the mountain, causing the growth to crowd together as rank as the swamps that flank an eastern river. The trail is precipitous here, winding about over the sprawling roots of pine and oak. The forest ID thick with the debris of branches and dead trees which have fallen down and interlocked th r ough the countless years before man's foot invaded the solitudes. The climb to Mount Islip begins directly at Cold Brook cnmp, and follows a tortuous trail, impossible for only the strongest pony or. burro. Over one peak after another, through rank sage bush and thickly-matted chapparral, the view of 'the canyon below keeps constantly unfolding like the panorama presented to the eyo in the valley of the Yosemlte. The mountain is as silent as the enchanted valley of sleep. A few buzzards, and occasionally, the rarely-seen eagle, circle in a fleckless sky. Save the floating birds, life seems to have forsaken this wilderness of brush and stone. The footfalls of the ponies echo out into the yawning canyons, and the- loose stones rattle down the steep hillsides and fall with a boom into the sickening depths of the gorge, tho only sounds to be heard ou the lonely somnolent mountain. After a climb of two hours, with frequent rest for the toiling ponies, the great forest of Pine Plats comes into view. This is near the top of the range and encompasses about 300 acres of level land. Mountain pines, two ral where the "God of the Open Air" | centuries old, rise straight as a mesas reared a shrine. sage to God. Their shaggy boles are On the road to Cold Brook camp at he head of the north fork, the trail ses gradually, so that the stage is ver ascending; the foam-flecks drop rom the big four-horse team, and [ternately the travelers are brought lit into the sunlight above, the brawl- ng river and tltjruft into copl canyons etween solid rock, where the alders one must ever return to the subject f the beautiful alders), make emer- Id covering from the rays of the sun. ishermen are busy along this river, oaxit.g the trout from the black ools or whipping the riffles with an ver-moving line. Alder canyon, a few illes before reaching camp, is nar- 5\v, and the stream runs between ater-hewn rock hung with mosses id ferns. The stage must hnre keep i the bed of the river for a half mile, id nothing is more attractive than long, leaf-covered cavern. Cold rook camp, with its tents scattered nong the trees on a natural plateau, •s within a few minutes of travel, ted with all the modern conven- jnces of the up-to-date fishing camp. iPour miles above Cold Brook camp, (ways following thn stream to its nrce, lie Triple falls, the inception d source of the north fork of the n Gabriel. Into a great granite jrge which the river has fashioned a piiHand feet in depth, the crystal tiers leap from a jutting crag to !l with a heavy roar to the foaming Hrl-pools below. The water drops | a wide sheet for forty feet in its In precipitation, then narrows and !ls again, and in the last and princi- | fall, shoots down in a Keif-made Inite flume for l.'O feet, striking » rocky floor with a force sufficient' turn a thousand mill wheels. The ;:iery hero is indescribably wondor- I Pines and oaks cling to the sides : ihis gorge as if the depths below ciliated them, as if eternally con- iplating self-destruction by 'g pitch into the nmnoi! In-low. •-He falls are reached from fold >ok camp by a narrow but nafe ;) which I he saddle horses may Suitor a portion of the way, .ejl OIlC lulls! M'll.Si to the feet the clouds, Is a marvelous thing, before which man may wonder without arriving at the reason for Nature's strange plans. Prospectors for gold and silver may He met with In this vicinity, leading their laden burros, or their camps passed, clinging to the gravelly edge of the mountain, nomadic wanderers who search for the treasures of the earth, seemingly satisfied with the futility of It all, answering questions In suspicious monosyllables, content to be left alone, dreamers, wedded to the mountain and the eternal stillness. And the last half hour of the Journey brings one above the lake to the peak of Mount Islip, named for the mountaineer and rancher who first made a trail to Us top, 8,242 feet above the sea-level, the highest peak In the Sierra Madre range, excepting Mount San Antonio (Old BaldyK and removed from the valley of the San Gabriel by seven distinct mountain ranges. At this peak the traveler looks out to the north and east, on the great parched desert of Mojave, glittering in the sunlight, or hidden partly at times by the cloud-wracks that hover at the mountain's head. Par down in the pointed land below, th» train crawls like a ll/ard Into the town of Acton—and on and ou goes the 11 Hmltablo plain, awful In Its primeval desolation. A nearer view on th« mountainsides, one sees the apple orchards that have made this territory famous for its fruit, and the straggling settlements that, have sprung up about the mountain streams. This journey from Cold Bronk camp to the mountain peak may be accomplished in half a day, with little inconvenience for man or woman. To the dweller in the San Gabriel valley, this journey as described will fall as a surprise, and to climb this trail will be. n revelation. It Is a pleasure trip which lies close l.o home, a trip that may be taken with little time expended and certainly with much less expenditure of money than could be offered in any other way for midsummer relaxation. It is our own San Gabriel canyon and mountains. Why not take the journey las the writer has done, and add it to WHITE SQUADRON WINS, BUT OH YOU HAS-BEENS! Clote Game Between Two Local Teams Keeps Pans Guesting Till Finish. Covina, f>: Unknowns, 4. The regular Covina baseball team defeated the local aggregation of "has beens" and second raters (?) that went up against them for nine rounds of scrappy baseball last Sunday. It was a spirited contest all the way, and a little of that flltsome article called baseball luck, would have made a decided difference in the outcome of the game. In the ninth period, with the score 5 to 4, Llbby of the eratwhlles came to bat with three men abend of him on the paths, nnd a great opportunity to bo a hero. The crowd was pulling strongly for the unknowns, but the dinky single did not. happen, nnd (he peerless White Squadron returned with a whole scalp, but not without tho. renlUation that, they hnd taken part In the most exciting game plnyed on the homo diamond In months. The spcHtuclo of tho supposedly near-champions of Southern California, and expect.edly of all tho Southwest in independent baseball, lighting for their HVOB against a bunch of players scraped together on an hour's only source of lOncli team en centimes six feet through at the the long list of pleasures that nmy ; be base, and the last heaven-pointed cone at the top Is more than one hundred feet from the ground. They stand in groups on the level mesa, or march off in long ranks, as though t.he hand of man and not God had bade them grow in allotted places. They cover the floor of this natural park with a coarse fabric of needles, and the giant seed-cones, often fifteen inches long and heavy with the seed of this forest monarch, strew the ground at this season of the year. And, in this cathedral, like the religiously placed stations of the Cross, stands the bloom of the yucca, softly white as tiie vestment* of the saints, divinely pure as a gift direct, as it truly is, from the Throne of Grace. Many there are among the unimaginative who have missed the message the yucca brings, and call it the Spanish dagger. But, when in gorgeous bloom, as it IH (it the time of the writing in .Inne, it convoys no thought of attack or defense, but. rises to its heighth of fifteen I'eet beneath the columns of pine like an invitation to worship at Nature's forest- fashioned shrine. The fingers of the yucca are pointing upward everywhere on the sides of the peaks, rising from the humble sage, springing from the uninviting .shale-rock and scant leaf- mold, interesting at all times of the year, but in the heighth of beauty had in this sun-lit land of possibility? It will link you more solidly, to your own country, make of you even more a desciple of the loveliness of Southern California and of the valley the Spanish padres, named for one of their most beloveu. of saints. THREE GAMES SCHEDULE6. Local Baseball Team Will Mset Beach Twice and Play Woodill- Hulse. On July Long Tieach will put now. the best talent possible into the field to meet the fast li/cal team on the; home baseball diamond. Hoeing that the same- teams will play again at Long I teach the following Monday. when the beach city will hold their celebration, there is no doubt but. that a scrappy article of the great game will be produced. All arrangements have been made for a big baseball parade on Independence' day. The teams will gel together at the corner of Clt.niH and College, and from there will march to the ball park, accompanied by tin. band. On Sunday the Woodill-l team will try conclusions with Covina In the deriding game of a three match Keries. I'ASO KOHi.KS IOT Sl'KIXfi.S On tin- Const 'I c<|ii;;l o in tin 1 world and set in tin 1 mid-it of snci climalir conditions a-, constantly invit' Into the floor of Pino Flats, which deserves a better name, trickles a small stream, which has its source in one of the Inexplicable mysteiV'K of the mountains. Following li along t he j <»'•'" - »'.''' rmv.-.iiu.i. I lie i,.-w ball, . Mum-' 1 , with it- superb C'nnpinciii, !•-, un- trail if suddenly disappears, and ' climbing above a, gravel promontory, M|M iln- nfini air. A dflk'litfitl |>l;trr foi'l., ... . ,. H rr-t. p-ritnrr.'itiou, cdit-.tituti'iin! treat ! '' ''"' J notice, was not the thrills for the fans, livened things with two rattling double plays. Then there was "Spider" Middaugh, the snvior of the country. It was a lucky thing (hat Covhui put tills lanky youngster Into I lie game, or they certainly would have eurned tho tide of lh» hit less wonders. Mid- daugb was the only man that, was able to solve Pulllgar'a delivery, getting three of the six hits the team made, and figuring largely in the scoring. Kulligar pitched a remarkable, game against a twain that lias balled everything they have been up against, nnd Stout, at tho receiving end showed n good knowledge of Inside baseball, although he was a little weak in bis pegs to second. In the early rounds Covina made three runs that put them In clover. Then again in the sixth one, more dropped when Kendall and Mlddiiugh singled. In the same round the "seconds" started things off Russell's salary prong. Uy bunching lilts, two runs were tallied. Thon the Covlmis scored another In the eighth, making the score 5 to 2. The ninth was tho frame for the bus boons, nnd after scoring two they ended the agony. Eight hits were garnered from Rns- fiel's delivery during the. game. Some of the Holding features were of a, high class. Hah Kulrly raced in from right at one juncture and scooped one of lioe's fast, liners and slinging the pill to lir,s!, completed one of (he fastest doubles seen on I he local diamond in a long lime. The Mrnl. team also pulled off a pair of this variety. One from Church to Hlewart to Koi'ncy earned rounds of applause. Ciishman and Hughes in the Infield pulUtd off Home snappy work that, made the big team look like a buiirli of dubs. Alonte did well in UIK reniei garden, but Hooker landed a double over his head, and another-went under ".Specials" Fiilllgar Stout Llbby CiiHliinaa Hughes Shirl' y Ali-rv/in uiKi' Fairly I looker Following IK the lineup: "Itcgnlarn" Russell p Kendall e Forney Ib Stewart lib King ::i> Church HH Middaugh It' .Montague cf ( by .'inyihiii'j! in ihi- C'limiry. I ly lie 1 treatment-., mud balh-,. the Hiidden, blinding view of Ciystal i mim.- b;>_th-. _T;irlsi-l> hath-;. lake appears, feel above the level j of the sea, clear as a polisl'-.-d din- j mond. This body of waier is locked j] in a natural basin, led from its boiiom by Icy springs from the bov.'e';; Mi'H. Ida Kit .trillions)), room I!, Flint National iliiiik liidg. Kin-it class driiHH making nt. i iiiiHuiinljIn prices. (f tlel >-.IY<- a few vain trickling* Unit lose i;;:-m- selve.-i in the dry sands. The lake is about s(-vealy-!i l .o acres in e\ti-ni. bor 'let 1 j i|erod by thick inat'i <>f atlaiia s','.'. n mil by I he canipers and pix;->pi-! toi s tor •:out mountain staff. On the way hi the b<-n)-li< of the horses. In ii.-; l.le falls a .--mailer hut not any less !••! no man lias been able lo prob HI i fill cascade is .-.eeii on the i'iul.1 (le),!!,. Sv 1 , iniln.-i rf ha 1 , i the truil, whi< h is known a.-> An a falls, because (>:' the sim UK", •-p.irt ineiody it seems to be sing and because of <he wonderful »• ;iti( s supplied by the sin i-'ninilin^ ;. In the,:ins; cnn-eni.i of ti.c am the ti:>hornteii find the be.-:i ng (;f any spot in the ianyo.i. ic trails have all been mail' .vomen and <|::lilien. anil 'hi pi, k th"ir v, ay v. jli. lie > ; Illg eX|i'-I'iel!< e. gh 11|) Oil I lit- IllOllli'ain.-lde ;.- i-ieli'-iiii. I 'At-t plain . or in'M 1 ; "•; the blaeK-raiied de'-r ii,iu (Ml tin.' I'ill.k iii". '..Iliiti :- it- ilei.lh. S>', I m in M»tii-i.'ed by dicing ami the |.r,-.--,i,re of l l: e \'.aler has driven thejn up !'a.-;p- ill/-'. !-• alls iia»e been i^'Aei-eil WllliOU' lull' hint.' botlom. No man KIIOH.^ l'i' depth, and e(iini<arai i-.ely t.-sv people haie \ i.~itei! or an- e'.en aware o| (lie e.xis!'-nie ol this limpid body of nprini' \\.U» i. :io I I -rilisput'eiil, so (|'l i •-.-,' "Hi •I. lie apt: To I i.O.-.e .', l.o Iii' . e r lake in s |,e Vo-,einii e. I iii,-; |,.-,il I lie lop of MoM.'il l.-ilip ,,-^ it iii iiiitiira! ijeauiy l' s • ij far UP \L\ ti.*- iji,->'.'in or Trimming Hats and Slashing Prices SPECIAL TO YOU On Friday and Saturday, June 18th and 10th, we will take One Third off on regular Prices on HATS Watch Our Windows and Our Advertisements. Gilmore & Graham (Formerly Webb £ Graham) 122 North Citrus Avenue COVINA, Your Patronage ! will be appreciate'.! by us. We are doubling our efforts to give you the beat Groceries Vegetables and Fresh Meats ROBERT CRENSHAW Our motto: Prime goods and moderate prices. Phone 22 C. H. Allen Ask the Boys for Prices F. M. McHuflh McHUQH & ALLEN Reo Garage and Machine Shop Storage Batteries Charged Phone 1121 Die, Pattern and Model Making 107 West College Avenue COVINA, CAL. AMERICAN SAVINGS BANK LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA ASSETS OVER $2,000,000 -» 3 CFNT '•*"> ON CIAI. oil 1 . , ,, ^^'-Nl CHRCKINd ACCOUNTS Special attention given to banking by mall. Write for Information. 4 pi:« INTh'RPST -» PFtt INTI'KI-'ST CPNT WH> »N . s . AVIN<la 3 CFNT '•*"> ON . ACC * IINIS ^^'-Nl CHRCKINd ACCOUNTS If You Can Make Hay When the Sun Shines You fan ;ilso Heat Water the Same Way The SOf,AK HKA.TKR is the triumph of cheap, iudcsptMisible contrivances of this a^e. With one a part of your house, you have hot water for all purposes at all times. W. S. Sides' Plumbing Shop Just around the corner from Citrus on Colleg-e Street Covina, Cat. Phone 1.015 J. N, WILSON The Blacksmith With the most skillful mechanics and the best ci|uip.iifiU we can do your work in the most workmanlike! and best manner in shorlei time and at a reasonable cost to you. We. also carry a line of Farm Implements, Wagons, Etc, and if you are thinking of purchasing a vehicle 01 any kind we 'in vile you local! and look over our line and talk the matter over. We will guarantee you a square deal and save you a few dollars besides ORCHARDISTS! FOR RED SPIDER have your orchards treated with our specially prepared dry sulphur spray. NKW MKTIfOD NKW I'KOCKSS STOWELL FUMIGATING COMPANY Call up I'lionc 177, Charier Oak, 1'liotie }'>'>, Covitii COVINA MEAT MARKET .1. I . KI'.NOAI.I., Prop. ))nl'-(-, laki-M ,iuit del i vi-i ie i i maili- (Liily. (Ji'ib-r. in town will receive piomp! at li.-nlion . fresh and Tender Beef, Mutton, Pork, lite. House Moving Mil'l-'AKY IJK'OS. ;iff pn-pan (I tu make \ DIII r;n t to ui'/ 1 . c liuil (lilies of every i|e ,. i i p! inn , lira v y 111.11 hill cry ,'iiid t.rce inuvin;; with proinpliic ,-, ami (Ir-.p.itcli. \Vc Ij.'iV'r tilt- r:; pet Irili'i- ol \i'.C, •> !!l t|)r 1 <ll:-,l ilr-i am'i \! t u.i i'a II t ee i iin \vorl-:. McCrary Bros. l;[,OCK d i \-iu a, Cal.

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