National Affairs: In California

Not long ago, Californians cried: "Save the redwoods!" The world's tallest trees were being cut down for grape stakes and railroad ties. Many a redwood was saved.

Last week, Governor Clement Calhoun Young of California cried: "Save the beaches!" In a newspaper article he declared that oil interests were menacing the "spectacular charm," "the permanent scenic and spiritual enrichment," of the littoral playground of Californians and their visitors. Let oil-drilling be remitted, asked Governor Young, until means could be found to prevent the defacement and pollution of scenery whose value is "unmeasurably greater than the value of all the oil. . ....

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