home center; for, dotted in the wooded canyons, beside the streams, or in some sunny exposure may be found many dwellings which, while possessing the advantages of the country, are within easy access of the city.
The most notable among the attractive residences is the home of Mr. George T. Marsh.
Stepping within the odd wooden gate, which reminds one of the "Toriis," or sacred gates of Nikko, the stranger feels that he has indeed touched a fairy wand, and been transported to the heart of the Mikado's realm.
LIKE THE MIKADO'S REALM.
Liquid streams, spanned by fantastic
miniature bridges on whose banks dwarf shrubs of various
kind abound; fish ponds and islands; quaint metal lamps
beside the roadway on their low posts., that are unique by
daylight and when lit add all the witchery and charm of the
floral isle; these and numerous other features of the Orient
come unexpectedly upon the enchanted visitor, until he
forgets the busy commercial activity of the outer world, and
is in fancy again wandering in the grand old dreamy groves
of preserving the natural beauties of the town and vicinity and staving, if possible, the hand of those primitive beings who, with ruthless vandalism, cut down and otherwise destroy the most prized of our rural possessions, our noble trees.
Much credit is due these energetic ladies in their worthy endeavor to teach those who have "eyes that see not" the wondrous beauties of Nature.
Besides its own unique features, the chief attraction which draws to this little burg tourists and travelers from all parts, as by a magnet, is the fact that it is the starting point of the Mill Valley and Mt. Tamalpais Scenic Railway.
Leaving the station, the mountain train winds through redwood groves, beside streams and pools, passing on its route the Hotel Blithedale, founded many years ago by Dr. Cushing as a sanitarium, so propitious to health is this sheltered, sunny exposure.
The train is operated by a steam-traction engine which combines the ordinary cog system with an additional contriv-
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