History of Santa Cruz County, California

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author, 1892 - Birds - 379 pages

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Page 102 - The mind of man may be compared to a musical instrument with a certain range of notes, beyond which in both directions we have an infinitude of silence.
Page 102 - THIS is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks, Bearded with moss, and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight, Stand like Druids of eld, with voices sad and prophetic, Stand like harpers hoar, with beards that rest on their bosoms. Loud from its rocky caverns, the deep-voiced neighboring ocean Speaks, and in accents disconsolate answers the wail of the forest.
Page 19 - British flag and made some kind of proclamation to the effect that they took possession of the land in the name of the King of Great Britain.
Page 39 - On the cross was cut the legend, "Dig at the foot of this and you will find a writing," and at its foot accordingly they buried a brief account of their journey.
Page 336 - Give thy thoughts no tongue, Nor any unproportion'd thought his act. Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar. The friends thou hast, and their adoption tried, Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel; But do not dull thy palm with entertainment Of each new-hatch'd, unfledged comrade.
Page 54 - The parish church is very neat, though covered with thatch. It is dedicated to St. Charles, and decorated with tolerable good paintings, copied from those of Italy. Among others is a picture of hell, where the artist seems to have borrowed the imagination of Callot. But it is indispensably necessary to strike the senses of these new converts in a lively manner. I am convinced such a representation never was more useful in any country, and that it. would be impossible for the Protestant religion,...
Page 39 - Determined to push on further in search of it, and on the 3Oth of October got sight of Point Reyes and the Farallones, at the Bay of San Francisco, which are seven in number. The expedition strove to reach Point Reyes, but was hindered by an immense arm of the sea, which, extending to a great distance inland, compelled them to make an enormous circuit for that purpose. In consequence of this and other difficulties, the greatest of all being the absolute want of food, the expedition was compelled...
Page 40 - Monterey, searching the coast, notwithstanding its ruggedness, far and wide, but in vain. At last, undeceived and despairing of finding it, after so many efforts, sufferings, and labors, and having left of all our provisions but fourteen small sacks of flour. We leave this place today for San Diego. I beg of Almighty God to guide it; and for you, traveler, who may read this, that He may guide you, also, to the harbor of eternal salvation.
Page 202 - I hear the tread of pioneers Of nations yet to be ; The first low wash of waves, where soon Shall roll a human sea.
Page 20 - After a journey of three leagues, we arrived at one of the salty lagunas of Punta Pinos, where a cross had been erected. Before alighting from our horses, the Governor, a soldier and myself approached the cross, seeking to discover some signs of the expedition which had set out by water, but we found none. The cross was surrounded by arrows, and little rods tipped with feathers, which had been set...

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