The Argonauts of California: Being the Reminiscences of Scenes and Incidents that Occurred in California in Early Mining Days (Google eBook)

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Fords, Howard & Hulbert, 1890 - Voyages to the Pacific coast - 501 pages
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Page 312 - Dearest Sally! Oh, Sally, for your sake I'll go to California And try to raise a stake; Says she to me, "Joe Bowers, You are the man to win; Here's a kiss to bind the bargain,
Page 312 - My name it is Joe Bowers, I've got a brother Ike, I came from old Missouri, yes, all the way from Pike...
Page 312 - Joe Bowers, Before we hitch for life, You ought to get a little home To keep your little wife.
Page 48 - ... thrown off. Beyond these again, and which completed the walk, was a double row of boxes of tobacco, of large size. Although this style of walk may seem very extravagant, even to an old pioneer, yet at that time sacks of Chilean flour, cooking stoves, tobacco, and pianos were the cheapest materials to be found, for lumber was in the greatest demand, selling in some instances at $600 per M., whilst the former articles, in consequence of the great supply, were of little value.
Page 48 - ... by the merchants to help their trade. This famous sidewalk was on the west side of Montgomery street, between Clay and Jackson. It extended from the Simmons, Henderson & Co. building to the Adams Express Company's office. It began with loo-pound sacks of Chilean flour. Then followed a long row of cooking stoves, over which it was necessary to carefully pick your way, as some of the covers were gone. A damaged piano bridged a chasm and beyond this a double row of large tobacco boxes completed...
Page 313 - twas all the same to Joe." Joe continues to work in the mines, but he doesn't raise a stake. Time passes and the denoument comes to Joe's little romance in a letter from brother Ike which said "Sally has wed a butcher whose hair is red.
Page 48 - ... Argonauts. He tells of one of the sights which particularly attracted his attention on his arrival in San Francisco. "There was," said he, "a newly constructed sidewalk, commencing at the building at that time occupied by Simmons, Hutchinson & Co., and extending in the direction of Adams & Company's express office for a distance of about seventy-five yards, I think. In any other portion of the earth except California, this sidewalk would have been considered a very extravagant piece of work,...
Page 47 - ... requires special mention. It was in the shape of a huge fanning mill with seives properly arranged for assorting the gold ready for bottling. All chunks too large for the bottles would be consigned to the pork barrels. This immense machine, which during our passage excited the envy of all who had not the means and opportunity of securing a similar one, required the services of a hired man to turn the crank whilst the proprietor would be busily engaged in shoveling in pay dirt and pumping water,...
Page 313 - em yit. At length I went to mining, Put in my biggest licks; Went down upon the boulders Just like a thousand bricks. I worked both late and early, In rain, in sun, in snow; I was working for my Sally — 'Twas all the same to Joe.
Page 313 - So pray excuse this tear. It said that Sal was false to me; Her love for me had fled; She'd got married to a butcher; The butcher's hair was red; And more than that the letter said— It's enough to make me swear— That Sally had a baby; The baby had red hair.

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