Colusa County: Its History Traced from a State of Nature Through the Early Period of Settlement and Development to the Present Day with a Description of Its Resources, Statistical Tables, Etc. : Also Biographical Sketches of Pioneers and Prominent Residents

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1891 - Colusa County (Calif.) - 471 pages
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Page 333 - Atlantic climate furnishes, is almost unknown here. The sun breaks forth frequently in the midst of a shower, and directly the sky is almost clear. Presently, when it is least expected, the rain is heard on the roof with' the suddenness of a shower-bath. The night is more favorable to rain than the day. No matter how dense the clouds, how fair the wind, how resolute the barometer in its promise of falling weather, the sun rarely fails to break up the arrangement before noon, and to tumble the clouds...
Page 334 - What is singular, the rain begins most frequently to the northward, although the cloud comes from the south. The horizon in the south may be entirely clear under these circumstances, the cloud forming in view, and growing denser and denser in its northward travel, until it precipitates the rain. The following table exhibits the mean- quantity of rain falling at different stations, and the number of years on which the mean is computed. The stations are arranged in the order of their latitude, beginning...
Page 249 - The Jubilee of the Constitution. A Discourse delivered at the Request of the New York Historical Society, in the City of New York, on Tuesday the 30th of April, 1839, being the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Inauguration of George Washington as President of the United States, on Thursday the 30th of April, 1789.
Page 68 - Creek and the headwaters of Dog River, and along said divide to the Missouri River; thence up the middle of said river to the place of beginning (the said boundaries being intended to include all the country drained by the Judith River, Arrow River, and Dog River).
Page 51 - ... At noon we came to the largest of all the permanent villages. There the Indians had built a large dance-house in the usual Indian style, using long poles for rafters, and were finishing the roof, the house being circular in form, by covering with earth in the usual way. Here for the first and last time in my life I saw that the Indians had procured poles for the rafters of the house by cutting down cottonwood and willow trees with stone axes, leaving the stumps a mass of bruised woody fibers...
Page 68 - Beginning at the mouth of Alameda creek, and running up the middle of said creek to its source in the coast range ; thence in a south-easterly direction, following the summit of the coast range, to the north-east corner of Monterey county ; thence in a westerly direction, following the northern boundary of Monterey county, to the south-east corner of Santa Cruz county; thence in a north-westerly direction, following the summit of the Santa Cruz mountains, to the head of San...
Page 23 - Thou dost make the soul A wondering witness of thy majesty ; But as it presses with delirious joy To pierce thy vestibule, dost chain its step, And tame its rapture, with the humbling view Of its own nothingness, bidding it stand In the dread presqrice of the Invisible, As if to answer to its God through thee.
Page 13 - ... held in November, to choose members of the territorial assembly, and to fill the offices temporarily supplied by the election of August 1st. The territory was divided into ten districts for the election of thirty-seven delegates, apportioned as follows: San Diego two, Los Angeles four, Santa Barbara two, San Luis Obispo. two, Monterey five, San Jose five, San Francisco five, Sonoma four, Sacramento four, and San Joaquin four.47 Such was the result of Riley's civil studies.48 The people could...
Page 414 - ... when the war broke out. He enlisted as a private in Company D, First Cavalry California Volunteers, and proceeded to Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
Page 337 - In the Atlantic States the storms of approaching winter put a stop to the labor of the farm, and force both man and beast into winter quarters. In California it is just the reverse. The husbandman watches the skies with impatient hope, and as soon as the rain of November or December has softened the soil, every plough is put in requisition. Nothing short of excess or deficiency of rain interferes with winter farming. The planting season continues late, extending from November to April, giving an...

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