Happy Days in Southern California

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Frederick Hastings Rindge (1857-1905) moved from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Los Angeles in 1882 and bought the famed rancho at Malibu, which he dubbed "Laudamus Farm." Happy days in southern California (1898) opens with a history of the region, followed by chapters dealing with different lifestyles in the area: "seaside life" at Redondo, Santa Monica, and Santa Catalina, and the fish and animals of the sea; ranch life; climate; horseback riding; and mountain climbing.

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Page 207 of the download, or page 93 of the text, is smeared, so that it is unreadable. It's as interesting for how its said, and what's not said, as it is for the descriptions of disappeared and disappearing nature and people.

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Page 65 - O friendly to the best pursuits of man, Friendly to thought, to virtue, and to peace...
Page 50 - They that go down to the sea in ships see the wonders of the Lord in the mighty deep.
Page 81 - One for the black-bird, one for the crow, One for the cut-worm, and two to grow.
Page 64 - Rindge, who was looking for an ideal spread "near the ocean, and under the lee of the mountains, with a trout brook, wild trees, good soil and excellent climate, one not too hot in summer.
Page 34 - There is a fascination in walking, riding, or driving along the untrodden sands of a stretch of beach. What may not one expect to find just around that curve in the shore, just beyond those rocks ? Some curiosity, or feathery seafern more beautiful than any in your basket, some pebble brighter than Redondo's brightest, were that possible.
Page 65 - Oh ! to be free from assailing care ; to see no envious faces, no saddened eyes ; to see or hear no unkind look or word ! To absorb the peace the hills have, to drink in the charm of the brook, and to receive the strength of the mountains...
Page 70 - But what similes can we employ to describe the sad lot of a man who never knew Southern California ? His life is as uncomfortable as is a man's position when impaled upon a barbedwire...
Page 34 - OUR seaside life is at its glory when the children from Los Angeles seek its summer shores at the times of the lower-low tides. There are the marine treasures to be found.
Page 58 - It is said to be the only place in the world where salmon in the ocean can be taken with hook and line.
Page 72 - You cannot tell by the size of a frog how far he can jump.

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