Ever since the early eighties dairying has been the leading industry of the County, and, although carried on in all sections of Marin, it is on Point Reyes that it assumes the most extensive proportions.
The ranches there are larger in extent, all owned by one person, namely Mr. Webb Howard, and are rented yearly by the tenants, the cattle being included with the land.
DAIRYING ON THE EDGE OF THE PACIFIC.
The average ranch on the Point contains
about fourteen hundred and fifty acres and one hundred and
eighty cows; the old stock being replenished as
IN THE PASTURE.
There are few places, save Ireland,
where hospitality, the real whole-souled, hearty, genuine
hospitality, is so dispensed without question to the
stranger as in this tiny northwest corner of Marin.
and the ensuing civilities received convince the wayfarer of his welcome, and have earned a repiitation for these good. people rivaling in proportion the Emerald Isle itself.
After spending the night at one of these ranches we proceeded on the following morning, to the most interesting, fascinating, and historical sheet of water in Marin County.
In 1577, Sir Francis, then only Captain, Drake, already distinguished as an experienced navigator, fitted out, with the pecuniary aid of the court, a buccaneering expedition against the Spaniards.
After reaching the Pacific and intercepting several privateers, he bethought himself of another object, that of finding the much-talked-of northern passige from the Pacific to the Atlantic.
If he could discover this passage, he would not only perform a notable service to his country, but would have a comparatively short and safe voyage homeward. But after a run of nearly two months, he experienced such bitterly cold weather, his people suffered so severely, and his heavily-laden ship leaked so badly, that he deemed it prudent to abandon any further search for a northern strait; and accordingly running down the Coast in search of a stopping place, he passed the long, projecting promontory of Point Reyes, and under its lee discovered "a convenient and fit harbor" in which he