National Geographic : 1950 Jul
Autographed Wings of Famous Flyers Cling Swallowlike to a Wall in Riverside Twice daily a guide conducts tours through Mission Inn's galleries in southern California. St. Francis Chapel, an international shrine for aviators, faces the courtyard. Among the many copper wings, the author saw those of Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Ira Eaker, and the late "Hap" Arnold (opposite page). I went into the desert one Sunday morning to see how Herb gathered cactus. With saw and ax he cut dry saguaro and cholla care fully selected for his purposes. Of such stuff he fashioned most of the furniture for his home. In his living room I saw even a grand father clock of cactus (page 11). I left Herb without ordering a cholla easy chair, but I couldn't resist Navajo and Zuni jewelry at a little shop in Tucson-silver and turquoise things of exquisite workmanship.* Seven miles south of the city a young monk led me through the San Xavier del Bac Mis sion. The greater part of the church rose between 1772 and 1783. Under two archi tects, the Gaona brothers, Indians labored with Europeans to erect the masterpiece. This "White Dove of the Desert" stood daz zling bright against the deep-blue Arizona sky. One tower was never completed. Legend tells that Ignacio Gaona died on falling from the unfinished structure; out of respect, the other brother let it remain as it was. I also heard the more practical theory that Spain did not tax unfinished religious build ings. On the west-bound bus from Tucson I sat behind a four-year-old girl and her mother. Approaching Phoenix, we passed a greyhound * See "Indian Tribes of Pueblo Land," by Matthew W. Stirling, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, No vember, 1940.