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Abstract^'0&te<&iwfco&s VOL. I. NO. 8. PALO ALTO, CAL.~, WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 18, 181M. PRICE 5 CTS. PALO ALTO'S ENVIRONMENT. Some Facls About the Perfect Climate and Beautiful Scenery. i lalifornta has wins people to a double charm that her and holds them in lioiids which none care to break. One uf these Is -tho natural wealth of the State, which makes it far easier to gain a livelihood, or even a iimijieteiicc here, than in other parts of the Union. Did we of the Golden West exercise the economy practiced by the people of,the East, or were we less given to indulging . in luxuries, hard tinussjvould bo prnc- ully unknown. Perhaps the. generosity that seems to be natural to the mode of living which prevails here is inherent, due to the same cause that bus made nature so luvish of her blessings. Even the fru- . gal"enjoy; a country where life is lived iu a large wuy and brujidly en- . Joyed. Hut them Is a charm aside f ruin the mate*. rial part of life, :t cttarni that is | Hl| ("lit ill itS npiatals tu the esthetic side of our n a t ure* and in Its refining and entiob- lilllHJtacl.il pou mankind,' No tine has it soul so dead as not to approstate the varied and lieuiitiful scenery, the lovely (lowers and foliage and thtt almost unbroken sequence. or-\ pleasant days, w Ii I c h make I .'allfurnia most -unique and envied ~ a in o"n g tbe sisterhtiotl "nfStutes. The San ta 'Clura valley—nr "' .... especially favored .In this regard and its fame is widespread as tine of the most delightful portions of the State. But -let another than us describe that portion of the valley surrounding. Palo Alto. We quote from "Stanforffljnl- versltyand Thereabouts,'' prepared by 1*. O. L. Elliott, University Registrar, and O. V. Eaton: —, The cool nights of summer touch SIS to 58 degrees; the midday heat rests at 75 to 78 degrees. Tho afternoon brings the ocean breeze, with never-fuiling refreshment.. [The winter..temperature seldom falls below the/freezing point or does injury to the semi-tropic vegetation, and while there are'frequcnt rains in winter, high winds are rare, and a even the stormy days are not unplcas- ant—the whole winter season being delightful.]- -—^-Of-the foothills which" form the wegt> era boundary of the valley, the same authority says: They run up austerely, only to round off in urbane softness or to spread out again in expanses of gen tlest undulations. 'They jostle each other iHildly, yet hold concealed among them secret basins of verdure, secluded dells, ensconced Iu uhemisal and the i glossy bushes of the Christmas-berry, hidden among tho trees, and winding canyons; siiiall and secure. .;■ * * Standing here, under a magnificent expanse of sky, one looks down upon the Universitjy buildings, the arboretum, j the town, the bay; the extending plain j with its farms and villages! Its groves | and dotting trees', the mountains rlm- i ming the horizon almost to San Pratt- j cisen and Oakland. To the loft the eye rests upon the rolling country extending thirty miles northward; to the : right, across the tops of the lower foothills, loom the dark sides of Black I Mountain; while behind the observer the higher ranges rise gradually until ■ their crown of sequoias fringes the hori- SOCIAL NEWS, The Woman's1 Club .Lecture - Social at the. -.. • .Methodist Church, Those who were so fortunate as to hear Dr. DeSilvu speak, either at the Woman's Club or the Presbyterian church in the evening, enjoyed u privilege they will ltingremomber with pleasure." Listening to the low sweet voice with its perfect English, no ono would Imagine thut the speaker was a Chinese woman whose whole life, with the exception of the time spent in New York while acquiring her education, has been j passedin Chinaand Jupun. She has a j most pleasing manner und her wide I range of topics and fine command of language show that she is highly educated. Her talk before the ladies ut the club, i was descriptive of the life of women in 0"fhostrus, one composed of piano, cornet, violin and guitar, which gave a number of fine selections, and then there was orchestra No. 2, which performed upon instruments the like of which were never before seen in Palo Alto, But the musicians were masters of their art, and they certainly produced some astonishing effects. Everyone.enjoyed the social and will be ready for the next one. Knights of Pythias. On last Wednesday night a mooting wits held at Nortree Hall to consider the question of organizing a lodge of Knights of Pythias in Palo Alto. There waj hut a small attendance, yet considerable enthusiasm was manifested. j Tho greatest drawback was declared to lie the lark of u suitable lodge room as I there is none here which'affords the" required seelu- TiI557~ G. L. Mer- gttire presided at the meeting und 1 n t r o d it ret] the 8-rat s|H'tikcr. Htm. F r a n, k M c- [NTBRIOR VIEW OP QUADRANGLE, WEST PORTAL. zon line against the western sky. As ontt ascends to the summit of the higher iiiouit t ui us, "the plain lowers and spreads out, the outline of the distant Coast Range becomes more distinct, the lagoons and creeks lending into the bay show all their devious windings in the silvery threads thut streak the plain. and-Rcd-wood, Menlo, Pulo Aito, May- tleld. Mm i iu ni n View and San Jose unite in ono long line that extends from horizon to horizon. <d Iu the valley, we may add, the scene is of such -perfect charm as but few- spots In the world can equal. Amid the profusion of native and ornamental trees are scattered lovely homes, btau- tilied by flowers and vlnes;wlld blossoms show in neglected corners: orchards and vlnej'ards diversify the Holds, and over all Is shed the soft sunlight of our sum - merland. Surely,' this is an ideal place in which to live. ' ■ • "T" , • The officers are after DunhamSgaln— probably a long ways after. He is alleged to be in Mexico. the orient, and an earnest appeal for the prayers and sympathy of christian workers in behalf of tho women of China. Her description of the borne Hfo In her country was a rcvelution to most of her hearers, in its portrayal of the power the mother wields in the family. She .showed whut Christianity had done In the provinces where it had obtained foothold, and gave valuable hints as to the best uiode of reaching the masses. In the evening her lecture was devoted to a description of Chinese ideas of diseases and their treatment. Being a physician she has been in constant e.ontuet. with all dosses of her countrymen and has a great deal that Is Interesting to tell in her lectures. The social at the M. E. church last Friday evening was well attended, and was a very pleasant affair. A good program of songs, Instrumental music and recitations was rendered, to'the. enjoyment of • all present. There were two' < 11 ashen, t he Grand Chancellor of the order in this State, who spoke briefly on the noble principles up- on which Pythianisin Is founded and. of tho great growth it bus attained. Although it has been founded only thirty- three .veal's it stands third among fruter- ^li it 1 .societies in the United f States. T h c M a s o n ic 'order bus about .1 ,200, 00 0 members, the Odd Fellows 700,000 to 800. 000 and the Knights of Pythias over 500,000. Mr. Shaftner, Grand Keeper of Records and Seals, followed with an interesting tulk es|>eclu!ty emphasizing the marked friendship that exists aiming the membet/s und the benefits which accrue therefrom. K. L. Donahue und H. II. Johnson of San Jose, V. V. Clark '118 and others made brief uddrcsses. Thuse wishing information are requested to call on G. L. Merguire. On Saturday evening there was a very pleasant party utthe home of Miss Annie Jones on High street. About twenty-five young people assembled a m I spent a merry evening. The entertainment took the form of a "rigmarole" and afforded much amusement. Samuel P.. Putman, president uf the American Secular Union, and a prominent free-thought lecturer, and Miss May L. Collins, were found dead from asphyxiation in a-roum in Boston Saturday morning. "