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The New Garden Of Eden

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Redlands, Cal., Feb. IS, 1888. Editor Couhier:- Since I left Ann rbor I have heard but little and feit lomewhat anxious to hear frora there, md thought I would drop you a few nes. I am livina: in a fine climate, In a ïew place. Itedlands is ten month's old, ias 20 two story brick stores, all occu)ied in various branches of business, and everal wood buildings also occupied. Ve are in the San Barnardino valley, vliich is 80 miles long, and from 4 to l-j niles wide, and very prodiictive. The Southern Pacific railroad traverses the 'alley. Los Angele3 is the largest place n the valley and has 60,000 inhabitauts t is a fine business place, formerly a kíexican town, wlth many adobe huta itill in exlstence, and doiiiff duty as e8idences. There are raany new and hriving towns dotting the valley, all ricinj; with each other iu the matter of tnprovements and attracting settlers to their respective localities. ïhcy are all ïeautiful places surrounded by mouualtjs, at least on two sides, and hsving perpetual summer. But we think and know tve have a decided advantage over all of ;hem, as we live at the east end of the ralley and are surtoundeil entirely by nountalus except on the west side toward the Pacific coa9t. We are pro. :ected from all cold bla9ts. The quegtion Is often asked how does t lappen that your town was not discov:red long since f It was, and only one :hing stood between, or in the way, and bat was water; and evcrybody said you :annot get lt so as to make it available. But one man, a civil engineer, Brown by aarne, who came here for his heiilth, said ;t could be done, and when he beoame mtisfied he went east, and being a man of Influence he liad no difflculty in getting money needed to make the improvenients, whicli supplies us with the all the water that is needed for so small or narrow i valley; and after expending over oneInilf million dollars he succeeeded in making himself rich, and many families 11 secure a fine home. It is cool nights. The reason for this is: last week at noon the mercury murked from 90 to 100 in the sun, but as soon as the soon as the sun goes down the warm air rises and the cold air from the mountains, covered with snow, comes down to taku the place of the warm air. We are having our rainy season. lt rains occasionally from Jan. Ist to some time In March. Between showers it is like June in Michigan. There are hundreds of acres of oranges in this valley, and it is said they are the finest raised in this or any otln r county. They are seedless specimen?, 5 inches long and 4 luches in diameter and very iine flavored. Besides we raise flgs, pear?, many kinds of grapes, peaches, (specimens that weigh 17 oz.) apricots, nectarines, almonds, cherrics, plums, (the plums are graftcd into the apricots, and are exceedingly fine), prunes, curranU, and all kinds of berries thai are raised Iu Michigan la grer.t abundance, and of superior quality. All these must be Irrigated. People do not keep house-plants in the house, as all such are raised in the opeu air. There are many hedges composed of geraniums and c;illa lillies. Have seen hundreds if not thou8ande of calla lillies in b!oom and in bud, and tube roses iu bloom. Was at Los Angeles from Jan. 13 to Feb. Ist, and visited their public Park. It looks like the Chicago park dld in Sept. last, all in bloom. The coldest days or nights we had here was 26 degrees ahove zero, and it did not even hurt lcmon blossoms. We have rose trees from one to three inches in diameter, in full bloom. This place and climate must be teen to be ftnnnni)fn(r Yours. etc.


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