Jachin and Boaz
346; "Guardians of the Temple" at Smokefoot's; named after the two pillars at the front of Solomon's Temple
14; Jacob's Ladder is a portable ladder made of rope or metal and used primarily as an aid in boarding a ship. Originally, the Jacob's Ladder was a network of line leading to the skysail on wooden ships. The name alludes to the biblical Jacob, reputed to have dreamed that he climbed a ladder to the sky. Anyone who has ever tried climbing a Jacob's Ladder while carrying a seabag can apreciate the allusion. It does seem that the climb is long enough to take one into the next world. (Courtesy of The Goat Locker)
"Jake with me"
105; musician lingo for "okay with me"
5; Henry James, OM (April 15, 1843 – February 28, 1916), son of Henry James Sr. and brother of the philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James, was an American-born author and literary critic of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Wikipedia entry
691; The Jameson Raid (December 29, 1895 - January 2, 1896) was a raid on Paul Kruger's Transvaal Republic carried out by Leander Starr Jameson and his Rhodesian and Bechuanaland policemen over the New Year weekend of 1895-96. It was intended to trigger an uprising by the primarily British expatriate workers (known as Uitlanders) in the Transvaal but failed to do so. The raid was ineffective and no uprising took place, but it did much to bring about the Second Boer War and the Second Matabele War; Wikipedia entry
258; "character for 'four' being same as that for 'death'";
Japanese trade delegation
292; at the Cosmopolitan
1066; a.k.a. Mélanie l'Heuremaudit, a character from chapter fourteen of V. ("V. in love"), where she was killed during a ballet performance in 1913. Apparently her death was merely staged, and Mélanie survived.
"'Jass,'" 370; "the tiny 'jazz' orchestra," 400;
Jenny Rogers's House of Mirrors
276; brothel on Market Street in Denver; owned by "hot-tempered six foot tall Jennie Rogers, who recognized that Denver needed a brothel for a sophisticated clientele. Thus in 1889 she constructed the two story structure at 1942 Market Street, using $17,780 earned from blackmailing a businessman. She named her place "The House of Mirrors" for its mirror-covered front parlor walls and it became the swankiest parlor house between Kansas City and San Francisco, housing a dozen or so of Denver's most nubile young women providing companionship for the newly rich miner down from Leadville or for the lonely businessman visiting from the East." External link
198; "the place where they brought the ones they didn't want found too soon" 210; Governor, 210, 212 ("something pre-human in the face"). Biblical origin (see Num. 21:20; 23:28; 1 Sam. 23:19, 24) meaning "the waste" or "wilderness".
826; proselitizing operatives
"Christ's return," 127; "a three-dimensional image in full color, not exactly of Christ but with the same beard, robes, ability to emit light," 153; "'Where is our Christ, our Lamb? the promise,'" 333; 363; "Christ," Good Friday, 376-78; 455;
260; The last brothel to close in Silverton, Colorado. Madame Jew Fanny's brothel closed two years after the end of World War II.
Jigdag, Rimpung Ngawang
766; A 16th-century Tibetan prince, Rinpung Ngawang Jigdag, obtained his glimpse of paradise by summoning a yogi in a meditative visualisation.
- Among the paths along which Bernbaum guides the reader in the search for Shambhala is that of death and rebirth: a “fourth kind of journey” beyond the physical, mental or spiritual. Bernbaum’s quotations from magical guidebooks convey poetic images of extraordinary dimensions. The Knowledge-bearing Messenger by poet-prince Rinpung Ngawang Jigdag of Tibet visualizes a yogi messenger going to meet the prince’s father in Shambhala: “Then you will see, at last, the cities of Shambhala, gleaming among ranges of snow mountains like stars on the waves of the Ocean of Milk.
- From a review of The Way to Shambhala: A Search for the Mythical Kingdom beyond the Himalayas, Edwin Bernbaum. Anchor Books, Garden City, New York, 1980.
983; and meteorites; In 1852, two meteorites were found about 16 miles from Jimenez (formerly Huejuquilla), Chihuahua, Mexico. The two masses were removed in 1891 to the School of Mines, Mexico City. As for Cortés, read on...
385; El Nato's parrot
Johansen, Frederik Hjalmar (1867-1923)
138; Norwegian explorer who shipped as fireman on the Fram, with Nansen.
169; largest city in South Africa, it is still sometimes known by its Zulu name eGoli which means "City of Gold"; Wikipedia entry
Jones, Mother (Mary Harris) (1837-1930)
1004; aka "The Miners' Angel", a prominent American labor and community organizer, and Wobbly. Wikipedia
Journey from Aztlan, The
925; one of the "brightly-colored pamphlets" Frank reads while high on hikuli;
289; Spanish: young;
208; song Reef Traverse suggests Cooper play for the ladies;
827; Judeo-Spanish is a language used by Jews originating from Spain. It flourished in the Ottoman Empire after the expulsion from Spain and continued its existence there. Some of the expelled Jews settled in North Africa and used the Judeo-Spanish variety known as Hakitia (Haketia). In the beginning of the 21st century, Judeo-Spanish is an endangered language for lack of new native speakers. Jewish Language Research Website
31; Scarsdale Vibe's private train; 1001;
Julius (Groucho Marx)
467-468; 15-year-old boy in hotel Frank Traverse is staying in, in Cripple Creek; Julius Henry Marx, aka Groucho Marx (1890-1977) would have been a young vaudevillian in 1905 when Frank encounters him. And it is true that he performed in Cripple Creek in the early 20th century.
912; manager of Deux Continents, the bar where Kit works in Constantinople