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trict high schools. Nine miles north
north and apples. All of these attain perfection from Napa is situated the Yountville without irrigation. The fact that all these National Soldiers' Home, of which an ex- fruits are grown successfully here, without tended article will be published later in irrigation we believe to be a decided adthe Overland Monthly. The grounds of vantage over the localities where irrigation this institution comprise many hundred is necessary. acres, and the cost of maintenance of this "The grape-growing industry is wellinstitution is in the neighborhood of $150,- established here, some of the finest dry 000 annually.
wines of the State being produced in this St. Helena is another representative valley. Besides the fruit growing and Napa County town. The assessed value of grape growing, dairying and diversified property in the town approximates $1,250,- farming of all kinds is carried on success000, and the tax rate averages about 60 fully. cents. The Free Public Library contains “Napa County has very good roads, and 2,500 volumes. The city is incorporated the best bridges of any county on
the under the general law as a city of the Pacific Coast. Practically all our bridges sixth class. It has a sanitary sewer sys- are of stone, are very artistic, and while it tem, gravity water works, and gas and costs more to build them than it would to electricity for lighting. There is no ma- construct wood or steel bridges, they are laria or other climatic disease, and the much more durable and are a great econtown has never had an epidemic of any
omy in the end. kind.
“There are many mineral springs in the The space allotted me will not allow an county and several finely equipped. sumextended description of the merits of the mer resorts. There are many beautiful various localities in Napa County, for that homes throughout the valley, some of them would mean the publication of a large being the residences of wealthy San Franbook devoted to this purpose alone. Re- cisco people. Napa, St. Helena and Calgretfully, therefore, do I close this arti- istoga are the towns of the county, each cle, as I should like to tell more of the one having its own particular charms and hundreds of delectable spots for recreation, advantages, which you will find described the veritable ideal rest spots of the world, pretty well in the books I have sent you. of the wonderful vineyards, and of the big “Napa now has a population of about fruit ranches and the olive orchards. Space seven thousand, and is enjoying a steady and time forbid, so you, dear reader, who and substantial growth. There is considhave followed me so far, and would have erable manufacturing here. The largest more, do you but write to the Napa Cham- glove factory west of Chicago is located ber of Commerce and ask for the specific here, and the largest tannery the information desired.
Pacific Coast, that manufactures light The citizen of the Napa Valley is a leathers for gloves and shoes is located patriotic individual, and his own evidence here. There is a large and successful shoe as to the productivity of his soil is better factory, two shirt factories, and a numthan that of the bird of passage such as I ber of smaller manufacturing industries. am, and, in closing this article, I would “Our manufacturing facilities are exlike to quote from a contented man, a set- cellent; there are two steam railroads into ler of early days in that blessed valley. He the valley, giving us connections with all is writing to a stranger, and the stranger outside points. One reaches San Franhas written him for information. Here is cisco by Oakland, and the other by Sauwhat he says:
salito Ferry. One of the best equipped * You are no doubt aware that electric roads in the State runs through Napa Valley is considered by all to be one the valley and connects at Vallejo, with of the most beautiful valleys in the State, fast steamers for San Francisco. There are from a scenic standpoint. It is also one also daily freight and passenger steamers of the most fertile; there is not a better on Napa River, which is navigable to the fruit growing district in California than City of Napa. These various lines of here. The principal varieties are peaches, transportation afford very low rates, and cherries, pears, plums, prunes, apricots quick service.
“Two State institutions are located in of thrift in a land where all is given you the county.
The Veterans Home at grudgingly. Come out here, where Nature Yountville, which is maintained by the is not so niggardly, and your success will State, with some assistance from the Fed- surely be phenomenal. I know how hard eral Government. This institution con- you have labored there in Dakota. Come tains about nine hundred war veterans, out here, labor as hard if you
like, and you and is an ideal institution of its kind, will find that your reward will be foursituated in a most beautiful and attractive fold. You will never regret making the part of the valley. The State Hospital for change from sleet and snow and dust and the Insane, one mile from Napa, is also mud, with an intervening of parching an ideal institution of its kind.
winds, to that of sunshine and flowers and "My dear friend, the information I ideal surroundings. I wish I could make have given you is brief and to the point, you see it as I do, and I wish you could but it is such that it may be verified in see Anne, the good wife, who has helped every particular, and, after a long resi- me these many years.
She has actually dence in this county and valley, I can grown younger, since coming to this detruthfully say that I would not exchange lightful land. my place of living, my opportunities for
Your friend, earning a livelihood, with any one in any other part of our common country. Life here is worth the while.
“I trust that you will come to us and November 22d and the roses are bloomsample the climate and the chances. You ing all over the front of the house-te are a practical farmer and were raised in are fairly hidden in their fragrant blosa hard school. You have learned the value
IN THE WEST
BY FRANK WALKLIN
Here's a hearty Ho to Freedom!
Freedom of the hill and plain :
Winter sunshine, summer rain.
Where the fierce coyotes cry,
Dashes down the Mal Pai.
In the land where few men pray.
If you're only square to-day.
If you want your record clear.
Ever score against you here.
In the land where gold is king.
Is the song the mountains sing.
On the rocky ridges lined
Let the cowards lag behind.
'Over the keyboard of the past wiil come Perfection"
Going back no further than Queen Elizabeth's spinet, it has taken four hundred years to develop, out of the limited mandolin-like instruments which Mozart and Scarlatti, Bach and Beethoven played, that mine of musical resource,
The Baldwin Piano
Here-at one's ten fingers—is all the piano has known, all the masters have dreamed.
Instead of the plaintive “bebung”' (the melancholy vibration of the "plucked" claviers, loved of old composers) the modern Baldwin reveals an emotional content of unimagined beauty.
Instead of the colorless glitter of the harpsichord-immediate precursor of the pianoa tone of a million hues and limitless range.
In technical mastery, in the possibility for shades upon shades of expression, and in extent, the tone of the Baldwin typifies a climax to all piano-building that will remain memorable in the history of music.
The Baldwin Piano may be heard anywhere in the United States. A line to the nearest agent will bring the catalogue and full information.
The Baldwin Company
142 W. Fourth Street
1013 Olive Street
310 Sutter Street Denver 1626 California St.
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Messiah's Second Coming
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