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ISBN-10: 1508840350

ISBN-13: 9781508840350

From the Pacific to the Atlantic through the Lincoln street, with California and the Virginias and Maryland thrown in for solid degree! What a travel it's been! As we predict again over its miles we remember the noble pines and the towering Sequoias of the excessive Sierras of California; the flashing water-falls of the Yosemite, so eco-friendly as to be known as Vernal, so white as to be referred to as Bridal Veil; the orchards of the prune, the cherry, the walnut, the olive, the almond, the fig, the orange, and the lemon, tilled like a backyard, watered through the hoarded and protected streams from the eternal hills; and the wealthy valleys of grain, operating as much as the hillsides and dotted by way of stay oak bushes. We remember miles of winery less than ideal cultivation. We see back the blue of the Pacific and the golf green of the woodland cedars and cypresses. excessive Lake Tahoe spreads[Pg viii] prior to us, with its southern edge of emerald meadows and woodland pines, and its encircling guardians, lofty and snow-capped. The excessive, grey-green deserts of Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming stretch sooner than us once again, and we will scent the fresh, stinky sage brush. we aren't lonely, for all times is all approximately us. The California quail and blue-jay, the eagle, the floor squirrel, the gopher, the coyote, the antelope, the rattlesnake, the large ring snake, the wild horse of the plains, the jack rabbit, the meadow lark, the killdeer, the red-winged blackbird, the sparrow hawk, the thrush, the redheaded wood-pecker, the gray dove, all were our associates and partners as now we have long past alongside. we've seen them of their local plains and forests and from the secure vantage aspect of front seat of our motor car.
The lofty peaks of the Rockies have towered sooner than us in an extended, unbroken chain as now we have checked out them from the alfalfa fields of Colorado.
We have obvious the bread and the cornbread of a kingdom turning out to be at the rolling prairies of Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois. we now have crossed the fairway, pastoral stretches of Indiana and Ohio and Pennsylvania. The pink roads of Virginia, winding[Pg ix] between her weighted down orchards of apples and peaches and pears and her lush forests of oak and pine; the yellow roads of Maryland, passing via her fertile fields and winding out and in one of the thousand water methods of her coast line, all come sooner than us. those are important possessions of expertise and reminiscence, the alternative, intimate wisdom to which the motorist on my own can attain.
The neighbors of the Open street are ours; the homesteader in his white canopied prairie schooner, the cattleman on his pony, the passing fellow motorist, the ranchman at his farmhouse door, the rustic inn-keeper hospitably dashing us on our way.
We have a brand new notion of our nice nation; her vastness, her various surroundings, her prosperity, her happiness, her boundless assets, her huge percentages, her kindness and hopefulness. we're sure to her by way of 1000 new ties of acquaintance, of organization, and of pride.
The Lincoln road is already what it's meant to be, a golden highway of enjoyment and value, fitly committed, and destined to encourage a good patriotism and to honour a good patriot.
OCTOBER, 1914.

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