house long ago shut out the memory of the famous hotel of another generation. Yonder on the cornor stands the former mansion of the Senora Leonor Perez, a lady of great prominence in early days, through whose veins flowed the blood of some of the noblest in all Castile. The old mansion is but an outline, for its ground floor is given over to a Chinese curio shop, and the chambers where so often slept the grandees of those Arcadian days now shelter lodgers whose whole earthly possessions could not buy a silver buckle from the bridle of one of those caballeros of the long ago. Over across the opposite corner is the long adobe building where were the headquarters of the "Commandante Militar" of this pueblo. No more of military etiquette distinguish the people who greet you at its door, for the days of its greatness are far behind us, and its crumbling walls today surround a hay market.
But let us turn to the western side of this historic Plaza, for there shall we find something which will carry us back to the days when Los Angeles was a center, not as it is today, of commerce and twentieth century progress, but of that charming life which gave to this far-away corner of the world its touch of romance and Arcadian simplicity, which, fostered by the balmy touch of a never-ending summer, gave to its people a joy in the living of their lives that has formed a most important factor in the building up on the site of the old Spanish pueblo, of a city which has already become marvellous in its greatness, and for which the hand of destiny has but just begun to point the way.
We are facing the old Mission church, "The Church of Our Lady of the Angels," which, of all those historic buildings that once surrounded this same Plaza stand
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