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A merry crusade to the Golden Gate : under the banners of Allegheny Commandery, No. 35, Knights Templar, Allegheny, Pa. : a complete story of the Twenty-ninth Triennial Conclave, Grand Encampment, Knights Templar, U.S.A. ... and a tour of ten thousand miles through the wonderland of the West online

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MERRY CRIISAD

TO THE

GOLDEN GATE









BANCROFT
LIBRARY

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THE LIBRARY

OF

THE UNIVERSITY
OF CALIFORNIA



A

MERRY CRUSADE

TO THE

GOLDEN GATE



UNDER THE BANNERS OF



Allegheny Commandery, No. 35,
Knights Templar, Allegheny, Pa.



A COMPLETE STORY OF THE



TWENTY-NINTH TRIENNIAL CONCLAVE

Grand Encampment, Knights Templar, U.S.A.
SAN FRANCISCO, CAL, SEPTEMBER, 1904



AND



A TOUR OF TEN THOUSAND MILES THROUGH
THE WONDERLAND OF THE WEST



BY

EDMUND FREDERICK ERK



COPYRIGHT, 1906,

BY
EDMUND FREDERICK ERK



The Werner Company, Akron, O. and Pittsburgh, Pa.



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TO

THOSE WHO HAVE
GUIDED AND GUARDED US ALONG LIFE'S PILGRIMAGE

2>ear jfolfcs at 1bome"

THIS VOLUME IS
AFFECTIONATELY INSCRIBED



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SIR WM. A. AEBERLI
SIR ROBERT J. BOVARD
SIR JOHN F. BENKART
MRS. JOHN F. BENKART
Miss SELMA BENKART
SIR G. G. BIDDLE
MRS. G. G. BIDDLE
SIR FRED W. BECKERT
SIR JOHN BADER
Miss MARY BADER
SIR CARL A. BAUMANN
SIR EDWARD BURRY
Miss SADIE CAMPBELL
SIR CHAS. S. CRAIG
SIR SAMUEL COOMBS
SIR EDMUND F. ERK
SIR HERMAN FLECHSIG
MRS. HERMAN FLECHSIG
SIR O. C. GREENAWALT
SIR WAYNE GILLAND
SIR JOSEPH J. GILCHRIST
SIR ROBERT J. GRAHAM
Miss G. HILLERICH
Miss T. HILLERICH
SIR C. C. HECKEL
BRO. JOHN HANLEY
MRS. JOHN HANLEY
SIR W. H. JACK
SIR HARRY KREPS
SIR EDWARD KUNBERGER



SIR HARRY W. LOWRIE
MRS. HARRY W. LOWRIE
MR. IVOR MORRIS LOWRIE
MR. M. LENINGER
SIR WM. G. LEE
MRS. WM. G. LEE
SIR B. SCOTT M'FARLAND
MR. Jos. A. NULL
SIR W. F. PEARS
SIR W. G. REEL
SIR OSCAR SCHULZE
MRS. OSCAR SCHULZE
Miss ADDIE SCHULZE
Miss LYDIA SCHULZE
MR. HERBERT SCHULZE
SIR WM. A. SEILING
MRS. WM. A. SEILING
SIR H. GLENN SAMPLE
BRO. A. F. SCHWERD
MRS. A. F. SCHWERD
SIR PHILLIP STEINMILLER
MRS. PHILLIP STEINMILLER
Miss MAGGIE STEINMILLER
SIR WALTER SHOOK
SIR WM. J. STAIGER
SIR R. C. TANNEHILL
MRS. R. C. TANNEHILL
SIR H. H. TAYLOR
SIR DAVID B. WATSON
SIR WM. S. WATSON



COMMITTEE

SIR HARRY W. LOWRIE SIR OSCAR SCHULZE

SIR HERMAN FLECHSIG



PRESS REPRESENTATIVE

SIR EDMUND F. ERK



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Fitting is this glad occasion for fond memories galore,
Of the pilgrimage to 'Frisco, on the bright Pacific shore
To the city of the Conclave, where fraternity held sway.
And to other scenes of pleasure as we journeyed on our
way.

Back again come recollections of the frolics on the train,

As we sped o'er hill and valley and were whirled across
the plain ;

And the friends we can't forget them who gave greet-
ing as we went,

Cheering us upon our travels o'er the wide-stretched con-
tinent.

There are memories inspiring of the mountains capped

with snow
Of Pike's Peak, whose hoary summit first reflects the

morning glow
Of the Yellowstone, whose geysers and rare wonders met

our eyes,
Of the soul-entrancing beauty of the western sapphire

skies.

\ We recall the many marvels in wild Arizona shown
Rocky passes, gorges, desert, and Grand Canyon's bulk

of stone ;
Nature spread her panorama everywhere we pleased to

roam,

And a thousand topics furnished for the journeying back
home.

Sweet to us are recollections of the friendships that we

made,

'And the kind, fraternal spirit that was everywhere dis-
played.
All the scenes that charmed our vision, all the friendships

and the smiles,

Are again before vis pictured with that glad ten thousand
miles.

EDMUND F. ERK.



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ONORED wherever Templarism is known and enjoying world-
wide distinction and reputation as travelers having
twice made pilgrimages throughout Europe there
was little surprise announced when public knowl-
edge was given that Allegheny Commandery No. 35,
Knights Templar, would make a trans-continental
jaunt to attend the Twenty-ninth Triennial Conclave,
Knights Templar, United States of America, which
was held in San Francisco in September, 1904.

An itinerary was skillfully arranged that carried the special train
of pilgrims over ten thousand miles and through nearly every portion
of "America's Wonderland" in a tour of about six weeks' duration.
At the suggestion of several Sir Knights who participated in the trip,
I decided to prepare a history of the tour, and to chronicle as many
of the interesting incidents that transpired as had come to my notice.
In justice to myself it must be confessed that this work has been
somewhat hastily prepared, and to this end, efforts toward literary
style have been sacrificed.

Here and there a sentence may need straightening out and some
thought might have been given better expression. My first desire
was to go over each chapter and add a little here, and take away a
little there ; polishing up and burnishing as I went along. But
when I looked over them my heart failed me. I remembered the
circumstances surrounding the writing of every one of them and I
shall let them alone.

It is hoped that this volume will appeal to that large class of
readers which takes pleasure in traveling by imagination, as well as
to those who have actually seen the objects described.

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Xll FOREWORD

That it is not burdensome with statistics, nor too intricate in
prolixity of description, but breathes a spirit of good will, of hope-
fulness and appreciation that will induce the reader to travel with us.

That it presents to the fraters who have traveled from all points
of the continent, and from across the seas, a souvenir which will
pleasantly remind them of their pilgrimage to the land of sunshine
in a year most favorable and opportune, and one intended to com-
memorate the assembling, upon the golden shores of the vast Pacific,
some forty thousand Sir Knights in Triennial Conclave.

That the reader, recognizing the difficulties of adequate treat-
ment of so great a subject, may find in the interest it inspires an
indulgent excuse of any shortcomings.

Truly, we have traveled over but a mere portion of this broad
land of ours, but enough, quite enough, to give an idea of its won-
ders and vastness and to impress the noble and patriotic thought of
Thoreau and Cook, so essential to all of us: "Nothing can be hoped
for you if this bit of mould under your feet is not sweeter to you
than any other in the world."

In addition I have, as nearly as possible, in this volume endeav-
ored to set forth accurately the daily incidents of the "Big Happy
Family " and of its members individually. I trust it will serve as a
memento of that happy pilgrimage and if it serves to spend an hour
pleasantly in your company I shall feel fully satisfied and amply repaid.
As to what measure of success has crowned my efforts I leave to the
judgment of the reader with the confidence born of conscientious and
faithful effort. E. F. E.



The author is indebted to Mr. C. A. Cairns, The Chicago and Northwestern Railway Company; Mr. E. L.
Lomax, The Union Pacific Railroad Company; Mr. S. K. Hooper, The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Company;
Mr. C. W. Sells, the Manitou and Pike's Peak Railway Company; Mr. D. C. Mac Walters, The Colorado Springs
and Cripple Creek District Railway Company; Mr. D. E. Burley, The Oregon Short Line Railroad Company; Mr.
A. M. Cleland, The Northern Pacific Railroad Company; Mr. Jas. Horsburgh, Jr., Southern Pacific Company; Mr.
A. D. Shepard, Mr. C. S. Aiken, Pacific Improvement Company; Mr. F. E. Shellaberger, Mr. W. H. Simpson, The
Atchison, Topeka and Santa F6 Railway System; Mr. Frank S. Thayer, Denver, Col., Mr. F. Jay Haynes, St. Paul,
Minn., Mr. Louis Roesch, San Francisco, Cal., for their courtesy in permitting the use of many of the illustrations
in this volume.



TEable of Contents



SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY ILLUSTRATIONS.
FOND RECOLLECTIONS THE BIG HAPPY FAMILY FOREWORD.

CHAPTER I.

" All-la-board " The "Bon Voyage" The Big Happy Family
"Luncheon redda' in the dinin' cah" Afternoon of the First
Day Arrival at Chicago Toward the Upper Mississippi Inci-
dents by the Way 1-7

CHAPTER II.

The Alarm Clock Across Iowa Cedar Rapids Belle Plain Tama
Burry's Inoffensive Bazoo The Boyer Valley Missouri Valley
The Missouri Bluffs Council Bluffs Omaha A Gala Day for
Millard Larceny on the Western Plains, Taking Things from
Dumb Animals Our Music and the " Terrible Quartette " Co-
lumbus, Nebraska Lexington Incidents by the Way 7-13

CHAPTER III.

A Mass Meeting in the "Stag" Coach The Consumptive Accordion
The Verdict The Prairies of Nebraska Julesburg, Colorado
Overland Stage Route Sterling A Sociable Horse Ranch
Life Activity Among the Pilgrims Denver Mantle-pieces for
the Skies The Rockies Experience in " See Denver by Trolley "
Car All You Can Eat for Twenty-five Cents The " Free-from-
Care Feeling " Approaching Pike's Peak The " Terrible Quar-
tette" The High Seas of a Vocal List Incidents by the Way. . . 13-29

CHAPTER IV.

Early Rising at Colorado Springs Observing the Sun Create the New
Morn Bath in the Open The Invaders and the Telegraph Opera-
tor Noise by the Original Pilgrimage Musicians Manitou
Soda, Sulphur and Iron Springs Grand Caverns Cog Wheel
Railroad Ascending Pike's Peak Summit Pike's Peak De-
scending from the Peak "Garden of the Gods" North and
South Cheyenne Canyons Seven Falls Pillar of Hercules
Sunset The Dinner that Wasn't and Why the Boys Didn't

Dance Nature Sleeps Incidents by the Way 29-46

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CHAPTER V.

" The Short Line " Scenic Creations Colorado Springs The Engi-
neer, a Big, Good-souled Fellow A Memorable Look at Pike's
Peak Oscar's Superb Idea A Jump off the Summit Pittsburgh
Tobies A Delightful, Harmless Game of Euchre Burry's
Sweater Selling's Feast of Melons A. Moving Panorama
Pueblo Canyon City Royal Gorge Grand Canyon of the
Arkansas Scenic Gems of Colorado Portals of Grandeur
Auditorium of the Rocky Mountains Leadville Tennessee
Pass Mountain of the Holy Cross Sunset " The Night of the
Party" A Spectacle That Found Its Strength in Its Serenity
Canyon of the Grand River Valley of the Eagle River Dream-
land of Stone Nature's Gigantic Specimen of Ancient Architec-
ture Glenwood Springs The Entertainment Voted a Glorious
Success The Trackless Thoroughfares of God in the Midnight
Skies Incidents by the Way 47~S6

CHAPTER VI.

The Silent Battle of Dawn and Darkness " Castle Gate " The Wasatch
Range Salt Lake City Saltair Beach Bathing in Salt Lake
The Sun Was Eclipsed for an Instant Not a Believer in the Com-
mercial in Art " Bill " Was not Desirous of Seeing Fond Attention
Wasted on Counterfeit Ailments The First Mormon Colony A
Tour of the City Temple Square Mormon Tabernacle
"Assembly Hall" Mormon Temple Matrimony Is a Good
Thing, but It Can Be and Is Overdone Preparing the Physical for
the Grand, Strenuous Expedition to Come Incidents by the Way 57-62

CHAPTER VII.

Arriving at Monida, Montana We Stood Face to Face with the Strenu-
ous Life of the West The Coach and Fiery Mustangs Entering
an Expedition within an Expedition Farewell to Our " Special "
Our Coaches Were Off Like a Pack of Well Trained Hounds The
Race to Lakeview Deeply Touched by Nature Trophy of the
Chase Lakeview Inn " Davie " Tries To Identify His Compan-
ions The Snow Slides Targhe Pass Crossing the Snake
River The Scene of a Thunder Storm 60 Miles Away The Inn
on the Border of the Park A Day of Rare Holiday Frolic Inci-
dents by the Way 63-75

CHAPTER VIII.

Entering the Yellowstone National Park Uncle Sam's Famous Breath-
ing Spots Christmas Tree Park Deer, Elk and Eagle We Dis-
cussed Everything We Knew, as Well as Things We Were Not Cer-
tain About The Driver Took Up the Thread of His Life's His-
tory The Heart to Heart Talk among Congenial Companions
Cheered by Our Own Melodies There Are Two Kinds of Music
Riverside Station Firehole River Arriving at Fountain Hotel
Mistaken for a Stranded Circus Troupe Fondest Anticipations of
a Meal Tenement House Torture on a " near-piano " Geysers,



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Hot Springs, Paint Pots, Pools and Other Natural Curiosities in the
Lower Geyser Basin The Struggle between the Subterranean
Fires and Peaceful Vegetation Government Soldiers Bears at
Fountain Hotel Bear Stories and Stories You Can't Bear Tan-
cred Commandery No. 48 of Pittsburgh Experience in a Yellow-
stone Park Barber Shop Mary Commandery of Philadelphia
The Law and Order Committee Very Charitably Agreed Not To
Allow "Bobbie" and " Joe" To Sing " Bobbie's" Scheme to Aid
Some "Noble Charity" "As the Hours of Morning Hovered
Near" The Geyser Formations Compared with the " Seven Ages
of Man " The Day Sleeps with Open Eyes Incidents by the Way 76-88

CHAPTER IX.

Resting in the Bosom of Glorious Nature Isolation from the World Leads
to Forgetfulness Bound for Faithful Inn Party Left Behind
The Tenderfoot Can Sustain Things Which the Strenuous Man of the
West Finds beyond His Physique Middle Geyser Basin Hell's
Half Acre Upper Geyser Basin "Old Faithful " A Pictur-
esque Hostelry Again the Unshaven Were Directed to the Boiler
Room More Bears Mary Commandery of Philadelphia The
Author's Unfamiliarity of Technical Makeup of Ladies' Gar-
ments Features of the Evening Incidents by -the Way 89-100

CHAPTER X.

En route to Thumb Station and the Yellowstone Lake " He Helps Those
Who Help Themselves" Continental Divide Arrival at West
Thumb Station Paint Pots and Hot Springs Rain and Hail
Arrival at Lake Hotel " Freddie's " Fishing Ability Mary Com-
mandery of Philadelphia Features of the Evening More Bear
A Contrast that Offered a Text for Talk A Cool, Almost Wintry
Night Came with the Stars A Summing up of the Day's Events
" Good Night " Incidents by the Way 100-105

CHAPTER XI.

"Freddie" Didn't Get Any Fish, But He Did Get the Wish-bone The
Lake En route to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone Yel-
lowstone River Bridger Lake Anticipation of the Scenes We
Were to Behold Hayden Valley Arrival at the Grand Canyon
of the Yellowstone Upper and Lower Falls " Point Lookout "
"Grand View" The "Brink" Canyon Hotel Mary Com-
mandery of Philadelphia Features of the Evening A Discussion
of the Park and Its History Aeberli and Reel Play the Star Roles
A Midnight Bath in Alum Creek or the True Fountain of Youth
The Candle Burned at Both Ends The Raging Waterfalls a Sleep-
wrecker Incidents by the Way 105-114

CHAPTER XII.

A Morning of Calm Beauty En route to Norris Geyser Basin Nature
Changed Her Attire Through the Shadow of the Forest Treas-
ury of Untold Wealth in Timber "Twin Tree" The Unblem-



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ished Face of Virgin Nature The Household of Nature Norris
Geyser Basin Mary Commandery of Philadelphia Mammoth
Hot Springs " Northern Gate" " Gardner Entrance" Gibbon
River and Gibbon Falls Boundless Forests Dreamy Thoughts
of Enchanted Folk and Pleasing Legendary Fables A Secret that
May Be Hidden from the Philosopher and yet Be Clear to the In-
fant Madison River "The Stone Bruise to Our Memory"
Return to the Inn on the Border Food for " Rock-me-to-sleep,
Mother" The Customary Line-up Something to Encourage
the Appetite but Discourage it Immediately Thereafter The First
Mutiny Incidents at the Inn " Davie" Compelled to Lie Awake
in Lonesome Misery Midnight Experience with an Owl Inci-
dents by the Way 114-121

CHAPTER XIII.

Bound for Monida Fancy Shots Exterminating the Duck Tribe Ar-
rival at Lakeview Inn Exercise in Calisthenics The "Bum
Coach" The Race "Three Fingered Mike" "Home"
Again A Night Typical of Old Times Pleasant Memories of a
Trip through the Yellowstone National Park En route toOgden
Sandstorm Incidents by the Way 122-127

CHAPTER XIV.

In the Light of the Newborn Day Old-Fashioned Home-Life Aboard
the Train The Same Mass Meeting Disturbing Elements of the
Deliberating Conferences Arrival at Ogden, Utah Change in
the Time Standard " Ogden- Lucin Cut-Off" Across the Great
Salt Lake Promontory Station Nevada State Line Tecoma
Pilot Peak Moor Station Coyotes and Prairie Dogs are
" Birds of a Different Feather" The Great American Desert (also
Known as the Humboldt Desert) " Pinched Lights " Palisade
" Knights of the Road " Basking on the Promenade Deck Cluro
Beowawe Shoshone Battle Mountain Stone House Iron
Point Winnemucca Humboldt "Bobbie" Voted a Nightin-
gale The Past, Present, and Possible Future of the Great Ameri-
can Desert Incidents by the Way 127-134

CHAPTER XV.

Far Removed from the Chain of Cities Every Land on Earth Has Its Joy-
ous Awakening Wadsworth Vista Reno The Truckee-
Carson Canal The Reclamation Act Carson City Virginia
City Verdi State Line Entering California Floriston
Truckee Indian and Squaw Lake Tahoe Independence Lake
Donner Lake Summit Sierra Nevadas A Succession of Tun-
nels and Snowsheds Little Stations, Which Have the Flavor of
Mining Camps Mount Sha-sta Sacramento Valley Chico
Marysville Colonia El Dorado Cape Horn American
River Iowa Hill Auburn Irrigating the Sacramento Valley
Forest Fire New Castle Penryn Loomis Rocklin Rose-
ville Antelope Sacramento Meeting the Escort Benicia
Port Costa San Francisco Bay Oakland The City of Joy and



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Festivity The Conclave City San Francisco Escort to the
Hotel Our Cosmopolitan Hotel and Experiences Therein The
City is Dressed in Holiday Attire, Her Gates are Open to Receive
Her Guests, Her Streets and Homes are Lighted, The Tables are
Spread and the Feast is Set The Great Display and Knightly
Hospitality of the Metropolis of the Pacific Sir Robert's Expe-
rience in a 'Frisco Barber Shop Shaving Prices at a Tonsorial Ex-
change Sir Tannehill's Pain Recompensed the Company's Pane
The Illumination The First Night in 'Frisco a Stirring and Mem-
orable One Incidents by the Way 135-149

CHAPTER XVI.

Special Services by California Commandery No. i and Golden Gate Com-
mandery No. 16, Morning, Afternoon and Evening California
Commanderies' Headquarters Golden Gate Park Cliff House
Seal Rocks Sutro Baths Sutro Heights Evening Drives and
Trolley Rides The Diaries and Historians Fall by the Wayside
Incidents by the Way 149-155

CHAPTER XVII.

Not a Single Flea in 'Frisco Sir Otto's Physical Culture Exercise
The Conclave Program for the Day Labor Day in California
Arrival of the Earl of Euston (Personal Representative of King Ed-
ward) and the Delegation Representing the Grand Priory of Eng-
land and Wales Directory of Commanderies and Delegations at
the Conclave Sight-seeing Expeditions The Presidio Walter
and Ivor, Gallant to a Fault The Navy Department and Govern-
ment Ships An Afternoon of Ceaseless Activity San Francisco
a Tourist's Mecca Oakland Berkeley Alameda Mt. Tamal-
pais Fort Mason Fisherman's Wharf The Water Front
The Spirit of Roving and Adventure Pervades the Scene Where
Will You Go? The Bay of San Francisco Point Richmond
San Pablo Bay Mare Islands Mount Diablo Franciscan Mis-
sion-builders The Mission Dolores Early Story of San Fran-
cisco and its History Up-to-date Telegraph Hill Nob Hill
Park Peak Mission Peaks State Prison on Point San Quentin
Angel Island Raccoon Straits Hospital Cove United States
Quarantine Station Sheep Island Goat Island Naval Training
School The Golden Gate Island of Alcatraz Entertainments
and Receptions Afternoon and Evening The City in Gala Attire
and in Possession of a Merry and Loving Gathering Chinatown
by Day and Night Chinese Theater and Chinese Play Chinese
Performance in Detail Life of a Chinese Actor Incidents by
the Way 155-172

CHAPTER XVIII.

The Day of the Parade Sir Seiling Did Not Care to Establish a Tiresome
Summer Fashion "Before and After Taking " Advertisement in
the Ranks of Allegheny Paraders Averted The Conclave Pro-
gram for the Day The Parade, The Formation and Various Divi-
sions in Detail Water-Bottle Wagons and the Shasta Shower



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Bath Sad Incident of the Parade in the Death of Gallant Sir
Knight Joseph Leath The Grand Commandery and Session of the
Grand Encampment Events for Afternoon and Evening Visita-
tion Incidents by the Way 173-179

CHAPTER XIX.

"Old Sol "a Distinguished Knight Competitive Drill Bay Excursion
The Conclave The Conclave Program for the Day Events for
Afternoon and Evening Visitation Sight-seeing in the " Poor
Man's" Automobile, The Trolley Car Newspaper Row Dewey
Monument Old-time Mansions Nob Hill Telegraph Hill
Fairmont Hotel Hopkins Institute of Art Hall of Justice
Ferry Depot Waterfront Oakland Alameda Berkeley
University of California Alcatraz Island Yerba Buena Island
Sansalito Point Richmond Mount Tamalpais and Mount Dia-
blo Preside Government Reservation Fort Mason Laurel Hill
Cemetery Richmond District Golden Gate Park Govern-
ment Life Saving Station Sutro Gardens Strawberry Hill
Ashbury Heights Mount Olympus City Hall, the Hall of Rec-
ords, Mechanics Pavilion and Post Office Academy of Science
and Pioneer Hall United States Mint A City of Fair Aspect
San Francisco's Topography Union Ferry Depot The Cos-
mopolitan Air of San Francisco and the City Generally Union
Iron Works The City Stands on the Threshold That Looks Into
Greater Possibilities Pittsburgh Commandery No. i Reception
Receptions of the Evening Banquet in Honor of the Grand En-
campment of the United States The Press Club of San Francisco
"Open Door Policy " Incidents by the Way 180-188

CHAPTER XX.

The Thermometer Reached an Ambitious Height The Conclave Program
for the Day Events for Afternoon and Evening Visitation A
Day Filled to Overflowing with Engagements Our Last Day in
the Conclave City Farewell Visits Hospitality of the Enter-
tainers " For By Thy Fruit Shall I Know You " and " Such As I
Have Give I Unto Thee" The Hearty Social Welcome Bou-
quets Became More Numerous Than our Button-Holes Pilgrims
of Allegheny Commandery Did Justice to All Things California
Grand Commandery California Commandery No. i Golden
Gate Commandery No. 16 Los Angeles Commandery No. 9 Sac-
ramento Commandery No. 2 California Commanderies The
" Trestle Board " Closing of the Grand Encampment Session
The Next Conclave Election of Grand Officers Concert and En-
tertainment in the Greek Theater Brilliant Functions in the Mark
Hopkins Institute of Art Eve of Our Departure The Sadness
of Our Farewell Incidents by the Way 188-194

CHAPTER XXI.

Not a Nationality on the Hotel Force was Inactive Realization of Our
Leave-Taking California Had Been a Royal and Liberal Host
San Francisco Had Been Extravagant in Her Hospitality A Light



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Whose Radiance Was Unconquerable We Had Gathered on the
Very Edge of the Country Recollections Survive Beyond the
Grave A Last Look Over the Beautiful Panorama The " Alle-
gheny Special " En route to San Jose Burlingame San Mateo
Belmont Menlo Park Palo Alto Santa Clara Valley Le-
land Stanford, Jr., University San Jose Santa Clara The Cala-
veras Mountains Mount Hamilton Lick Observatory Experi-
ences With a Traveling Astronomer and the Opposition Observa-
tory Alum Rock Our Explorers Found a 20 Ton Meteor
Visiting the Jail (solely a voluntary act) San Joaquin Valley
Discoveries of the " Forty-Niners " Big Tree Groves Merced
River The High Sierras Yosemite Valley En route to Big
Tree Station Los Gatos Santa Cruz Mountains Impressive
Sights in the Big Tree Grove The Oldest Living Thing on Earth
Herman and Oscar's Superb Ideas Arrival at Santa Cruz Mon-
terey Bay Neptune Casino " Chicken Disrupts Colored Con-
gregation " Incidents by the Way. 194-206

CHAPTER XXII.

Capitola Natural Bridges Noel Heights and Beach Hill Twin Lakes
En route to Del Monte Aptos Parjaro None Had Succeeded
in Obtaining a Meal The Porter's Adventure Del Monte the
Garden of Eden of the 2oth Century Del Monte Hotel Seven-
teen Mile Drive The Old Padre Pacific Grove Junipero Serra
Mountains Monterey General Fremont Mission ofCarmel
Glass-bottom-Boats Diversions for Hotel Guests The Enchant-
ing Gardens An Informal Entertainment at the Railway Station
Allegheny " Special " as the Center of a Double Fire Incidents
by the Way 206-211

CHAPTER XXIII.

Paso Rubles San Luis Obispo En route to Santa Barbara The Mis-
leading Cry of Sunday Barber Arrival at Santa Barbara The
Bay The Channel Santa Yuez Mountains Mountainous Is-
lands Caverns and Chambers The Old Presido Memorials of
Bygone Days Santa Barbara Mission Incidents Within the Mis-
sion Walls Story of the Missions Misfit in Bathing Suits
A Drama of a Reverse Nature Hurried to the Wrong Station
En route to Los Angeles Summerland Marine Oil Wells Oil
as the "Reel Thing" Ventura Montalvo Santa Paula
Sespe Camulos, " the Home of Ramona " Johnston Felt More
Reconciled to His Own Birthplace Saugus San Fernando Val-
ley Los Angeles, the Splendor and Interest It Had to Offer
Hotels on Wheels Emergency Hospital on Board the Train



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