On Friday, October 18, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá boarded the train for Los Angeles, taking with Him Mrs. Goodall, Mrs. Ralston, and the Persian friends. In Los Angeles, inquirers, reporters, and friends crowded around Him. To the many people seeking to arrange speaking engagements, He replied, “‘I have no time. I have come here to see the tomb of Mr. Chase and to meet some friends.’” Thornton Chase, the first American to become a Bahá’í, had died on September 30, while ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was enroute from Glenwood Springs, Colorado, to California.
The remainder of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s time in Los Angeles was packed with interviews, for throngs of people continued to seek Him out. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá left Los Angeles Monday evening.
From the Los Angeles Herald, October 19: NOTED PERSIAN IS HERE TO PLEAD FOR PEACE.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá Abbas…head of the great Bahá’í movement, a leader in the campaign for universal peace and a man whose teachings are read in every land, arrived in the city today to preach the gospel of universal peace…
…Upon His arrival He immediately took quarters at the Hotel Lankershim.
Following is a video produced by the Los Angeles Bahá’í Center Media Services: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Los Angeles”