The Old Franciscan Missions of California

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Little, Brown,, 1913 - Franciscans in California - 287 pages

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Page 129 - Week by week the near hills whitened in their dusty leather cloaks, — Week by week the far hills darkened from the fringing plain of oaks; Till the rains came, and far-breaking, on the fierce southwester tost, Dashed the whole long coast with color, and then vanished and were lost. So each year the seasons shifted; wet and warm and drear and dry; Half a year of clouds and flowers, — half a year of dust and sky.
Page 130 - Forty years on wall and bastion swept the hollow idle breeze, Since the Russian eagle fluttered from the California seas. Forty years on wall and bastion wrought its slow but sure decay ; And St. George's cross was lifted in the port of Monterey. And the citadel was lighted, and the hall was gayly drest, All to honor Sir George Simpson, famous traveller and guest.
Page vii - O'er which, from level stand, The low world laid its hand, Found straightway to its mind, could value in a trice...
Page 129 - With the Commandante's daughter on the questions of the heart, Until points of gravest import yielded slowly one by one, And by Love was consummated what Diplomacy begun...
Page 210 - Lopez, with a companion, while in search of some stray horses, about midday stopped under some trees and tied their horses to feed. While resting in the shade, Lopez with his sheath knife dug up some wild onions, and in the dirt discovered a piece of gold. Searching further he found more. On his return to town he showed these pieces to his friends, who at once declared there must be a placer of gold there.
Page 123 - If St. Francis desires a Mission, let him show us his harbor and he shall have one." It therefore seemed providential that when Portola, Fages, and Crespi, in 1769, saw the Bay of Monterey they did not recognize it, and were thus led on further north, where the great Bay of San Francisco was soon afterwards discovered and reasonably well surveyed. As illustrating the way the Spaniards financially cared for the officers and...
Page 256 - bell Sang Gabriel ! rang Gabriel ! In the tower that is left the tale to tell Of Gabriel, the Archangel. Where are they now, O tower! The locusts and wild honey? 'Where is the sacred dower That the bride of Christ was given? 'Gone to the wielders of power, The misers and minters of money; Gone for the greed that is their creed— And these in the land have thriven.
Page 78 - Borica, writing on the same subject, expressed his opinion with force and emphasis, as to the length of time it would take to prepare the California Indians for citizenship. He said : " Those of New California, at the rate they are advancing, will not reach the goal in ten centuries ; the reason God knows, and men know something about it.
Page 80 - Californians, to foment a spirit of independence, to obtain an oath of allegiance, to raise the new national flag," and in general to superintend the change of government. He arrived in Monterey September 26, but found nothing to alarm him, as nobody seemed to care much which way things went. Then followed the " election " of a new governor, and the wire-pullers announced that Luis Argiiello was the
Page 255 - Angeles had its slave-mart as well as New Orleans and Constantinople, — only the slaves at Los Angeles were sold fifty-two times a year, as long as they lived, a period which did not generally exceed one, two, or three years under the new dispensation. They were sold for a week, and bought up by vineyard men and others at prices ranging from one to three dollars, one-third of which was to be paid to the peon at the end of the week, which debt, due for wellperformed labor, was invariably paid in...

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