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perous and has in hand plans for a a larger edifice to accommodate its growing number of communicants and attendants, and also designs to build soon a parsonage and a parish house.

Congregational Church.

The Congregational Society also designs to build a church during the year. Its organization was effected about three years ago, since which time there has been a pastor in have charge and regular services been held. This church already has a fair-sized and representative membership and the life of the society is sustained by earnest and active workers for the cause of the right.

First Baptist Church.

The First Baptist Church of Palo Alto, instituted at a later date than those mentioned, has a very handsome church home, located at the corner of Hamilton avenue and Bryant street. The society is progressive and numbers a large membership, and its young people take a marked interest in the various church societies and, like the other churches, offer much to interest all -more especially students, in the line of meetings, socials and entertainments.

St. Thomas-Roman Catholic. During 1902 St. Thomas Aquinas church was erected. It is the largest and most elaborately finished church. building in town. The parish includes Menlo Park and the Portola valley, each with a church, and the pastor in charge has two assistants. St. Thomas church is at the corner of Waverly street and Homer avenue, and on a portion of the site a parsonage is at once to be built. This vicinity is a center of Catholic interest, there being four churches within a small area, and also the great college, St. Patrick's Theological Seminary, and the Sacred Heart Academy, a large institution for the education of girls.

NO SALOONS.

The founders of Palo Alto had the wisdom and foresight to provide against the saloon evil ever securing a foothold here. The following clause appears in the title deed to every lot in town: "Provided always, and this indenture is made upon this condition, that the said party of the second part, his heirs or assigns, shall not at any time manufacture or sell, to be used as a beverage, any intoxicating liquor, or permit the same to be done on the premises hereby conveyed," and for the violation of this clause it is stipulated that the property shal revert to the original owner.

TEMPERATURE AND RAIN

FALL.

Most Eastern people have an indefinite idea of what California climate is really like, and fancy that the rainy season means a period of continued precipitation during the winter months. Again, they have no clear conception of the mildness of the winter or of the balminess of the summer. The subjoined statistics will help to a clearer understanding in these respects. The temperature table gives the average for the months named, yet it should be borne in mind that the lowest temperature rarely shows the freezing point and is seldom lower than 26 degrees above zero. Only maximum records have been kept for the summer months, but the average daily maximum temperature is about 80 degrees, while the highest point reached, and that on but few days, is in the 90's.

Average maximum and minimum. temperature for the winter months for the years from 1896 to 1902:

Average Maximum Average Minimum
Dec. Jan. Feb. Dec. Jan. Feb.

1896-7.. 60 55 57
1897-8.. 58 54 61
1898-9.. 57 61 62

41 38 41 36 33 42 35 42 38

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