Life, Travels, and Adventures in California, and Scenes in the Pacific Ocean

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W. H. Graham, 1847 - California - 416 pages

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Page 413 - No one acquainted with the indolent, mixed race of California, will ever believe that they will populate, much less, for any length of time, govern the country. The law of Nature which curses the mulatto here with a constitution less robust than that of either race from which he sprang, lays a similar penalty upon the mingling of the Indian and white races in California and Mexico.
Page 67 - Castro, a villain with a lean body, dark face, black mustachios, pointed nose, flabby cheeka, uneasy eyes, and hands and heart so foul as instinctively to require a Spanish cloak, in all sorts of weather, to cover them, and his Excellentissimo were among Graham's heaviest debtors.
Page 356 - The intelligence of these meztizos, as they are called, is quite limited ; and what little they do possess, is of very doubtful utility. For it seems to be used chiefly in directing their choice of shade trees, under which they shall spend the day in sloth, or in stealing a bullock's hide on which to throw their lazy carcasses at night.
Page 348 - ... ruined them. In 1845, the obliteration of the missions was completed by their sale at auction, and otherwise. Aside from the missions, in California, the inhabitants were nearly all gathered in the presidios, or forts, and in the villages, called 'Los Pueblos.' The presidios, or fortresses, were occupied by a few troops under the command of a military prefect or governor. The Padre President, or Bishop, was the supreme civil, military and religious ruler of the province. There were four presidios...
Page 307 - ... given it a place among her most valuable commodities. These pearls of Lower California are considered of excellent water ; but their rather irregular figure somewhat reduces their value. The manner of obtaining these pearls is not without interest. The vessels employed in the fisheries are from fifteen to thirty tons burthen.
Page 389 - The full-grown condor measures, from the point of the beak to the end of the tail, from...
Page 279 - ... with no other security than their verbal promise to pay. Indeed, these old Franciscan Friars, who entered this wilderness clad in their grey habits with sandals on their feet and the cross in their hands, were men for whose equals in mental power, in physical courage and moral intrepidity, we shall seek in vain in these days of vapid benevolence...
Page 83 - They saw in the future every image of coming evil ! Suffocation, the pangs of death one at a time, coming slowly by day and among the sleepless moments of the long and hot night — life pendent on the mercy of a Californian Spaniard.
Page 117 - ... tinted, so mellow, so sacred and grand, that a long life is required to perceive them. And I often think, if we should study the ancient woods and towering rocks, and the countless beauties among them, through all our days as we do in childhood, we should be drawn nearer to virtue and to God ! California is an incomparable wilderness. It differs from that which overhung the Pilgrims of New England. That was a forest broken only by the streams and the beautiful lakes in which the Indian angled...
Page 287 - The Religion shall be the Roman Catholic Apostolic, without admitting the exercise of any other ; but the government will not molest any persons for their particular religious opinions. , 4th. A Constitution shall regulate all the branches of the Administration " provisionally," in conformity as much as possible with the expressed declaration.

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