Ten Years in Paradise: Leaves from a Society Reporter's Note-book (Google eBook)

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Press of Popp & Hogan, 1903 - Ethnic groups - 212 pages
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Mary Bowden Carroll left Otsego County, New York, for San José, Santa Clara County, in 1892. Ten years in Paradise (1903) is less a personal memoir than a piece of promotional literature for her adopted home: summary of Santa Clara's social history, descriptions of local towns, tributes to the valley's commerce and industry, and attractions for the home seeker. A substantial portion of the book consists of brief descriptions of local clubs and societies with lists of their membership rolls.
  

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Page 187 - I had another and a grander dream. A hundred years had passed, and I saw the valley, not, as now, only partially tamed and revelling in the wild magnificence of Nature, but from river-bed to mountain-summit humming with human life. I saw the same oaks and sycamores, but their shadows fell on mansions which were fair as temples, with their white fronts and long colonnades : I saw gardens, refreshed by gleaming fountains — statues peeping from the gloom of laurel bowers — palaces, built to enshrine...
Page 187 - Jos6 is but a five-days' journey from New York. Cars which shall be, in fact, travelling-hotels, will speed on an unbroken line from the Mississippi to the Pacific. Then, let me purchase a few acres on the lowest slope of these mountains, overlooking the valley, and with a distant gleam of the bay: let me build a cottage, embowered in acacia and eucalyptus, and the tall spires of the Italian cypress: let me leave home when the Christmas holidays are over, and enjoy the balmy Januaries and Februaries,...
Page 186 - A valley, ten miles wide, through the center of which winds the dry bed of a winter stream, whose course is marked with groups of giant sycamores, their trunks gleaming like silver through masses of glossy foliage. Over the level floor of this valley, parklike groves of oaks, whose mingled grace and majesty can only be given by the pencil; in the distance, redwood, rising like towers; westward, a mountain chain, nearly four thousand feet in height, showing through the blue haze dark green forests...
Page 187 - I saw the same oaks and sycamores, but their shadows fell on mansions, fair as temples, with their white fronts and long colonnades. I saw gardens refreshed by gleaming fountains; statues peeping from the bloom of laurel bowers; palaces built to enshrine the new Art which will then have blossoms here; culture, plenty, peace, happiness everywhere. I saw a more beautiful race in possession of this paradise — a race in which the lost symmetry and grace of the Greek was partially restored; the rough,...
Page 186 - How shall I describe a landscape so unlike anything else in the world ; with a beauty so new and dazzling, that all ordinary comparisons are worthless ? A valley ten miles wide, through the centre of which winds the dry bed of a winter stream, whose course is marked with groups of giant sycamores, their trunks gleaming like silver through masses of glossy foliage...
Page 184 - To the very moment that he bade me tell it; Wherein I spake of most disastrous chances, Of moving accidents by flood and field, Of hair-breadth 'scapes i...
Page 187 - Then let me purchase a few acres on the lowest slope of these mountains, overlooking the valley, and with a distant gleam of the bay; let me build a cottage, embowered in acacia and eucalyptus, and the tall spires of the Italian cypress; let me leave home, when the Christmas holidays are over, and enjoy the balmy Januarys and Februarys, the heavenly Marches and Aprils, of my remaining years here, returning only when May shall have brought beauty to the Atlantic shore! There shall my roses outbloom...
Page 94 - ... table, and amidst assemblies, turning the eye of the mind inwards, can form an artificial solitude ; retired amidst a crowd, calm amidst distraction, and wise amidst folly.
Page 187 - Jose is but five days journey from New York. Cars, which shall be, in fact, traveling hotels, will speed on an unknown line of rail from the. Mississippi to the Pacific. THEN let me purchase a few acres on the lowest slope of these mountains, overlooking the valley, and with a distant gleam of the bay; let me build a cottage, emboweaed in acacia, and eucalyptus, and the tall spires of the Italian cypress; let me leave home when the Christmas holidays are over, , and enjoy the balmy Januarys, and...
Page 17 - ... abridgement of a widely reprinted book first published in Columbus, Ohio, in 1856. Four editions appeared in England in 1858; in the same year nine editions of a French translation were published in Paris. Concerning Rarey, see Dictionary of American Biography. CtY-C. OrU (photostat). [Cut: Ballroom scene] \ Your company is respectfully solicited at a Ball, | to be given at the | Union Hotel, | Jacksonville, Oregon, | on Christmas Eve, | December 24, 1858. | [Filet] | Managers: | [19 names in...

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Ten years in Paradise. Leaves from a society reporter's note-book ...
Ten years in Paradise. Leaves from a society reporter's note-book. By Mary Bowden Carroll. Your current position in the text is marked in red. ...
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TEN YEARS IN PARADISE. LEAVES FROM A SOCIETY REPORTER'S NOTE-BOOK. ... Ten years in Paradise. Leaves from a society reporter's note-book. ...
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In the book Ten Years in Paradise: Leaves from a society reporter's note-book by Mary Bowden Carroll, the wedding of Flora Johnson [Whitson] to Armstead ...
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THE HOME OF WOMAN'S CLUBS- SAN JOSE- OFFICERS and MEMBERSHIP LISTS ...
MEMBERSHIP, OFFICERS, WOMENS CLUBS, FAMILY HISTORY, SANTA CLARA, HISTORY, BIOGRAPHY, GENEALOGY
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California Room Database - sjlibrary.org
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