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$2,059-74 Distributed as follows: Bond of the Third Liberty Loan

.$1,000.00 Bond of the Fourth Liberty Loan

1,000.00 Cash in Security Savings Bank

59.74

$2,059.74 Respectfully submitted,

JOSEPH N. LE CONTE, Treasurer

PARSONS MEMORIAL LODGE

CUSTODIAN'S REPORT FOR 1918
Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park

I reached the Lodge July 5th by horse over the Tenaya Trail. The club is much indebted to Mr. Lewis, the superintendent of the Park, for assistance in enabling me to reach the lodge at this date, and also for many other favors. The lodge and log hut had been broken open during the winter, and the whole place, inside and out, was in a bad state of disorder.

Travel began on the Tioga Road July 6th, the first cars reporting the only snow to be a little patch at the summit. The river was then very low and there was hardly any snow on the mountain peaks. Weather conditions have been ideal all summer-cold frosty nights, ice in the teakettle almost any morning, warm sunny days, and the mosquitoes all gone by July 1oth. During my stay we had five thunder and rainstorms, the lodge affording dry shelter to all near-by campers.

Our visitors numbered one thousand, from July 5th to closing day, September 18th. Some of them camped for a while near us, and all were interested in what I could tell them about the trails, roads, fishing and the mountain peaks. Not quite one hundred were members of the club. The Soda Springs are always appreciated; a number of people told me they made the trip in this year solely for the benefits of the water. It was often suggested that a store should be maintained in the meadows, that all the trails should be carefully marked, and that horses should be kept for rent at reasonable prices. I recommend that the club build gateways over the Tioga Road where it enters and leaves club property.

VIVIAN YARBROUGH,

Sacramento, Cal.

NOTES AND CORRESPONDENCE

Geological Survey, Dept. Mines, Sydney, New South Wales,

April 30, 1913. Wm. E. COLBY, Sierra Club.

Dear Mr. Colby: Very many thanks for your latest number of the SIERRA CLUB BULLETIN. Each time it comes along the many beautiful illustrations carry me back to the time when I spent a most delightful holiday in your Sierran region. In the midst of magnificent scenery and in company with one of your noblest natures, I learned to love every inch of the great Sierras. The man I refer to is Dr. G. K. Gilbert, a man worthy surely of rank with your John Muir. He it was who taught me the names of all your forest trees and their geographical distribution. He it was who read to us of a night under the forest canopy of the deeds of King in the Sierra, and who told us of the lives of Galen Clark, John Muir in the Sierras and of John W. Powell in the Grand Cañon. He it was who showed me the paraboloid spider's web in Wawona, who showed me the fault scarp under Mt. Dana, who urged me with Willard D. Johnson to behold the panorama from the summit of Mt. Davidson, who showed me the glacial polish of the Tuolumne, the peculiarities of Fairview and Lambert's Dome, the view sublime from Cloud's Rest, and a thousand other things equally glorious and enchanting.

To me in quiet moments often come the rustle of the aspen leaves, the scent of the fir and pine forests, the stateliness of the Sequoias, the rush of the San Joaquin torrents, the peculiar cries and calls of the woodpecker and the jay, the splash of the water-ouzel, the innocent appearance of the poison oak, the overwhelming majesty of the Yosemite walls and the glory of the mountain outlooks. I am, yours sincerely,

E. C. ANDREWS [Ed. Note: Dr. Andrews is one of the foremost glacialogists of the world. ]

CLUB ALPIN FRANÇAIS
Reconnu d'utilité publique par décret du 31 Mars, 1882

Rue du Bac, 30, Paris, le 4 Juillet, 1918

(Independence Day) Monsieur et Très Honoré Président,

Nous avons bien reçu, en son temps, votre lettre du 3 Janvier, et nous vous remercions bien vivement de votre adhésion au Congrès de l'Alpinisme. Nous sommes heureux de voir votre nom figurer parmi nos

Présidents d'Honneur. Le concours de l'Amerique est tout particulièrement apprécié, et nous avons donc maintenant avec nous:

-Sierra Club
-American Alpine Club

-Alpine Club of Canada Nous comptons que vous pourrez nous envoyer des Délégués pour représenter votre association, lorsque la Réunion sera fixé. Mais pour cela il faut d'abord obtenir la victoire contre les Barbares, nous avons la plus grande confiance, vos armées arrivent en grand nombre pour combattre avec nous, et déja nous admirons leur vaillance.

Nous fétons aujourd'hui avec vous l'Independence Day, le Drapeau étoilé flotte à coté du Drapeau tricolore, la joie est dans nos coeurs ! C'est l'aurore de la victoire ! C'est ainsi que j'ai désiré vous écrire en ce jour qui consacre l'étroite union de nos armées et de nos peuples.

Nous étions allés chez vous avec notre La Fayette pour défendre la liberté de l'Amerique, vous venez aujourd'hui avec nous défendre la liberté du monde!

Je vous prie de recevoir, très honoré Président, l'assurance de nos meilleurs et distingués sentiments.

BARON F. GABET
Vice-Président du Club Alpin Français
President du Congrès de l’Alpinisme

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FRENCH ALPINE CLUB

Recognized as of Public Service by the Decree of March 31, 1882

30 Rue du Bac, Paris, July 4, 1918

(Independence Day) Sir and Highly Honored President:

We received in due time your letter of the 3d of January, and we thank you warmly for your consent to participate in the Alpine Congress. We are happy to see your name take its place among our Honorary Presidents. The participation of America is exceptionally appreciated, and we have, so far, with us :- -The Sierra Club, the American Alpine Club, and the Alpine Club of Canada.

We are counting on your being able to send delegates to represent your organization, when the date for the meeting shall be fixed. But for that it first is necessary to win the victory over the Barbarians. We have the utmost confidence; your armies are arriving in great number to fight along with us, and already we are admiring their valor.

We are celebrating today, with you, Independence Day; the Starry Banner floats beside the Tricolor, and joy is in our hearts. It is the dawn of victory! It is in view of these circumstances that I have desired to write you on this day, which consecrates the intimate union of our armies and our peoples.

We had gone to your country wth our La Fayette to defend the liberty of America; today you are coming with us to defend the liberty of the world.

Accept, I pray you, Mr. President, the assurance of our best and highest regards.

BARON F. GABET
Vice-President of the French Alpine Club

President of the Alpine Congress
Sir and Highly Honored President:

Paris, the 6th of December, 1918 We have the honor to forward to you herewith a List of Committees which are to be organized for the Alpine Congress. The complete victory won by the Allies against the Central Empires enables us now to foresee that the Congress can be held in the course of a few months. We shall then be able to celebrate together the liberty of the world in paying a glorious tribute to our valiant armies that have smitten to earth the Barbarians. Accept, Mr. President, the expression of my high regard. The President of the Alpine Congress

BARON F. GABET

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Dear Mr. Colby:

Please add to the Sierra Club's records a note to the effect that Mt. Thompson-latitude 37° 08.5' N., longitude 118° 37' W., Mt. Goddard Quadrangle-elevation 13,494 feet, was ascended by Clarence H. Rhudy and H. F. Katzenbach during the summer of 1909. So far as known, this is the first ascent of Mt. Thompson.

I also wish to call your attention to a peak almost directly west of Mt. Thompson about two and one-half miles, being in latitude 37° 842' N., longitude 118° 04' W., and having an elevation of 12,224 feet. This peak is very well known locally as Mt. Hurd, although it has so far remained on the Mt. Goddard Quadrangle of the U. S. Geological Survey. It stands free of the crest of the Sierra Nevada Mountains directly above South Lake, from which it has a very striking appearance. Its name is derived from the late Mr. H. C. Hurd, an engineer who, while making certain explorations of this region, climbed it in 1906. So far as known, this was the first ascent. It was again ascended in 1909 by Clarence H. Rhudy and James Kevil. Can you not take steps to have this name placed on the Geological Survey Quadrangle?

Very sincerely, January 6, 1919.

W. L. HUBER

ASSOCIATED MOUNTAINEERING CLUBS OF NORTH AMERICA

The membership of the Bureau for 1918 consisted of the following organizations, comprising over 20,000 individuals :

American Alpine Club, Philadelphia and New York,
American Game Protective Association, New York,

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