These not only consist of the splendid public schools, but of private institutions, notably the Hitchcock and Mt. Tamalpais Military Academies for boys, and the excellent Dominican Convent for girls, besides the St. Vincent and Presbyterian orphan asylums in the vicinity procure for the town the Dame of an educational center.
A short time ago, Mr. Andrew Carnegie donated to Marin's county seat the sum of twenty-five thousand dollars for a public library, the plans of which are now under consideration.
That her residents are not less generous than the famous philanthropist was forcibly shown on April 29, 1905, when Mr. and Mrs. John F. Boyd transferred to the town some seventy acres for a memorial park. The occasion of its dedication was marked by able addresses from the "Wizard of the Plant World," Mr. Luther Burbank, United States Judge W. W. Morrow, and Judge Thomas J. Lennon.
Abounding in natural verdure, artistically embellished and converted into a perpetual pleasure ground, the Boyd
Memorial Park seems a fitting testimonial to the memory of the sons of its donators.
While noted as an educational center, San Rafael also has the unique distinction of being the Gretna Green of the Coast, and the blushing brides and happy grooms united here exceed in numbers those from the erstwhile famous European village.
To this charming little northern settlement from all the surrounding counties and various parts of the state they come to plight their troth, averaging, it is said, five a day; "and the best and most remarkable part of it all is," Marin's genial Judge informed me, "they turn out all right," and, really, I suppose he ought to know.
Notable among the many charming residences in San Rafael is Fairhills, a summer home of Mr. A. W. Foster.
It is surrounded by a stately garden where the choicest plants abound in graceful profusion, blending one with another in a perfect harmony of colors, while the majestic trees, spreading a deep shade over the sloping velvety lawn, are reminiscent of a Warwickshire landscape.
THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY, SAN ANSELMO.
To the westward, wooded hills--truly
fair hiIls--with their everchanging, hazy tones, are visible
from the spacious veranda, and the perpetual calmness and
majesty of their lofty slopes would seem to impart some of
themselves to the beholder, for, as Rousseau says, "Our
meditations gain a character of sublimity and grandeur
proportioned to the objects around us."