California: its history and romance

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Grafton publishing company, 1911 - California - 393 pages
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Page 291 - WHAT was it the Engines said, Pilots touching, — head to head Facing on the single track, Half a world behind each back ? This is what the Engines said. Unreported and unread. With a prefatory screech, In a florid Western speech, Said the Engine from the WEST, " I am from Sierra's crest ; And, if altitude's a test, What thc Engines said. 25 Why, I reckon, it's confessed, That I've done my level best.
Page 292 - Phew ! " And a long, low whistle blew. " Come, now, really that 's the oddest Talk for one so very modest. You brag of your East ! You do ? Why, I bring the East to you ! All the Orient, all Cathay, Find through me the shortest way ; And the sun you follow here Rises in my hemisphere. Really, — if one must be rude, — Length, my friend, ain't longitude.
Page 169 - I am a long ways from home, and am anxious to get there as soon as the nature of the case will admit. Our situation is quite unpleasant, being destitute of clothing and most of the necessaries of life, wild meat being our principal subsistence. "I am, reverend father, your strange but real friend and Christian brother, "JS SMITH.
Page 292 - ... Orient, all Cathay, Find through me the shortest way ; And the sun you follow here Rises in my hemisphere. Really, — if one must be rude, — Length, my friend, ain't longitude." Said the Union, " Don't reflect, or I'll run over some Director." Said the Central, " I'm Pacific ; But, when riled, I'm quite terrific. Yet to-day we shall not quarrel, Just to show these folks this moral, How two Engines — in their vision — • Once have met without collision.
Page 254 - States such portion of these citizens as you may think useful to aid you to hold the possession of the country. You will, in that case, allow them, so far as you shall judge proper, to select their own officers. A large discretionary power is invested in you in regard to these matters, as well...
Page 346 - ... saddle the evening before; nor was there the least doubt that he would have done the whole distance in the same time if he had continued under the saddle. "After a hospitable detention of another half...
Page 196 - To overthrow a Government which has seized upon the property of the Missions for its individual aggrandizement; which has ruined and shamefully oppressed the laboring people of California by...
Page 13 - Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.
Page 157 - We came to anchor within two cable lengths of the shore, and the town lay directly before...
Page 157 - Every common ruffian-looking fellow, with a slouched hat, blanket cloak, dirty under-dress, and soiled leather leggins, appeared to me to be speaking elegant Spanish. It was a pleasure simply to listen to the sound of the language, before I could attach any meaning to it. They have a good deal of the Creole drawl, but it is varied with an occasional extreme rapidity of utterance, in which they seem to skip from consonant to consonant, until, lighting upon a broad open vowel, they rest upon that to...

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