California's El Dorado Yesterday and Today

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Press of J. Anderson, 1915 - El Dorado County (Calif.) - 141 pages

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Page 125 - There can be no doubt," says Dr. Lindley, " that if the arts of cultivation were abandoned for only a few years, all the annual varieties of plants in our gardens would disappear and be replaced by a few original wild forms.
Page 99 - All are scattered now and fled, Some are married, some are dead; And when I ask, with throbs of pain, "Ah ! when shall they all meet again?
Page 102 - ... woods, lending to the vernal breeze a slight portion of the perfume of their clustered flowers ; where a genial warmth seldom forsakes the atmosphere ; where berries and fruits of all descriptions are met with at every step...
Page 102 - ... it is where Nature seems to have paused, as she passed over the earth, and, opening her stores, to have strewed with unsparing hand the diversified seeds from which have sprung all the beautiful and splendid forms which I should in vain attempt to describe, that the Mocking Bird should have fixed its abode,— there only that its wondrous song should be heard.
Page 18 - ... the native population. All along, from the first discovery of the coast, California was supposed to be an island, and on the maps and charts was called Islas Carolinas ; and not until Father Kino's expedition to the waters of the Colorado and across the Gulf of California, in 1 702, was it determined that California was not an island, but a part of the mainland of the American continent, and that the Gulf of California ended at the mouth of the waters of the Colorado, leaving the land lying west...
Page 102 - But where is that favored land ? It is in that great continent to whose distant shores Europe has sent forth her adventurous sons, to wrest for themselves a habitation from the wild inhabitants of the forest, and to convert the neglected soil into fields of exuberant fertility.
Page 25 - ... cross as it droops in melancholy solitude in the midst of the buried dead, whose history, like their mortal remains, is wrapped in its narrow grave beneath the rank grass and wild brier. California, under tne absolute rule of Spain for fifty years and under the rule of Mexico for twenty-four years, made but little progress either in material, social, or moral development; and, at the time when it fell into the possession of the United States, was almost as unknown, uninhabited, and undeveloped...
Page 46 - I mean the route up the South Platte, a short distance above the junction of the north and south forks, thence up the north fork, until you have...
Page 103 - ... to manufacturing ; and neat and comfortable farms, with every indication of wealth about them, are scattered profusely through the vales, and even to the mountain tops. Roads diverge in every direction, from the even and graceful bottoms of the valleys, to the most...
Page 100 - ... reassert command, Sweet bards along this sunset shore Their mellow melodies will pour ; Will charm as charmers very wise, Will strike the harp with master hand, Will sound unto the vaulted skies The valor of these men of old — The mighty men of 'Forty-nine ; Will sweetly sing and proudly say, Long, long agone there was a day When there were giants in the land.

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