By Rose Castro-Bran
The Ventura County coast has been illuminated for greater than a century by way of 3 unique lighthouses, united of their undertaking of caution mariners of coastal risks and guiding ships to secure passage. Port Hueneme's unique 1874 Victorian Stick type lighthouse stood sentry till it used to be changed in 1940 by way of the still-standing paintings moderne constitution, which guards the one deepwater port at the California coast among San Francisco and San Pedro. The Anacapa Island mild, a cylindrical brick constitution within the Channel Islands lit in 1932, was once the final new lighthouse at the West Coast. Ventura, initially dubbed San Buenaventura by way of Fr. Junipero Serra in 1782, extends its "good fortune" to the steamers, warships, tankers, and different craft guided to security by way of those navigation beacons.
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The deal called for Twain to be paid $30,000. For that much money, white suits and funny parties were easy ways for the author to advertise himself and his autobiography-in-progress. It was also a great pleasure for him to pretend that he could be an old reprobate and stay up late and get drunk if he wanted to. During the long years of his marriage to the very proper Olivia Langdon, he wouldn’t have dared to throw a big New Year’s Eve party in which he played an alcoholic. ” But, much as he adored his wife’s memory, he clearly relished the freedom to take new liberties with his public image.
To imagine the old senator in the clutches of the devil was at least some compensation for having been forced to endure his presence on that long winter evening. And though there was a serious point to be made about society’s worship of men like Clark, there was also for Twain the sheer delight of cutting one of the high and mighty down to size, and doing it in a style meant to shock and amuse. Because it was too risky to expose him while he was alive, all the pleasure of abusing the senator had to be enjoyed in private.
But the colony’s political and social concerns didn’t interest Twain as much as its natural beauty and its peaceful atmosphere. For the most part, he went there to relax and dream, and to congratulate himself on finding a place that seemed to have been made for him. … NOT ALL TWAIN’S OUTINGS that winter turned out well. In January he was a reluctant guest at a disastrous weekend dinner honoring one of the richest and most powerful politicians of the time— United States senator William Andrews Clark.