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A ROAD SCENE CALIFORNIA. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 25 December 1854
A ROAD SCENE CALIFORNIA. TnE above scene presents a fair view of the contrasts existing in California life. Ou the left is a party of Dig- | gcrs, with their implements of war, who, passing their Oriental fellow-travelers by with vi' unconcern indicative of their conscious superiority, are on the other regarded by the Celestials with a feeling of combined curiosity and apprehension. In the back ground are seen three miners on their way to various parts of the diggings. OnflßMUmar be seen sJ|HfJh4jgMeitlc incidents i Oalifrißiia faaaajiig, iv the ■jjajg Wa*afaMjaT*hli% ' 3 r figures afc :ir e *^ - ii cor have and bear their burdens in the same primitive mauner as when they were some degrees nearer the setting sun. By the two groups in the foreground the curious questions »re suggested whether the land will be bettered by the extermination of the Digger if his place is to be supplied by the Chinaman, and why that immutable law that seems to demand the destruction of the inferior races...
THE RAINY SEASON IN THE MOUNTAINS. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 25 December 1854
THE RAINY SEASON IN THE MOUNTAINS. Vhex Nature &lt;loe» frowu in California, she makes her power felt. Clouds gather around the peaks of the mountains, growing blacker and blacker, and spreading wider and wider till the summer sun is hid and tho smiling sky shows itself only in patches of a bluish white, where the clouds are most penetrable. The snow settles on the highest hills as the white hairs gather on an old man's head with the coming of sorrow. The beasts seek ' their winter lairs; while the rivers dash from their sources to the sea, wider and wilder, day after day, till in rain-fed torrents they tear from their bases the miner's dams and flumes, and crowd around his cabin, lashing his door with waves that seem to demand the treasures stolen from their beds in their summer absence. The. provident miner has built his hut and patiently awaits the few weeks of sunshine that winter allows as a recompense for its ravages, knowing that in that short period the industrious m...
RIVER MINING. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 25 December 1854
RIVER MINING. Tut toil necessary to getting out the pi I Ilk was Beta] from the bed where it has lain undisturbed lierhaps for centuries can scarcely be appreciated by persons at a distance Even in diggings where the.mere sinking of a hole is sufficient, it is labor by no means light, particularly when the precarious nature of the remuneration is I considered, or the hopes and fears that alternately till the bosom as the prospect uncinates. IJut it is in the uieiror—ing! of natural obstacles -works that can only be accomplished by means of association, that the full force of the difficulties attendant on mining iv California can be appreciated. Tunneling, shaft-sinking, conveying water into dry diggings, all require an immense amount of labor which has to be performed before a blow can be struck bearing approximately on the real object. Sometimes months elapse before these preliminary works are completed. In " River .Mining," a view of which is given' above, it is necessary .sometim...
Origin of Fynch Faw. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 25 December 1854
Origin of Fynch Faw. PfT" Whoa a person is carrying a cotton umbrella it is, curiously enough, never his own property —he has "just borrowed it from a friend." A Schoolboy's AsrißATiox.—Oh how I wish I were a fountain, for then I could be always playing I — Puneki neUo. I'l MLIXC QfESTIOX FOR THE ToPOORAPniCAL SoCIETT — v\ hethcr it is easier for a person who is on the High Road to Haw, to pass a Mete, or to meet a Kill » The prize bull at the Agricultural Fair, we hear, is one tliat was made by an Irishman, who observed-"that the best plough horses were a pair of mules " The Washington MMtMfcd, in a long and interesting article on this subject, nays : * " Lynch I*aw originated in what is now known as tbe . Piedmont country ol Virginia, which was at the time the wc*U m front tel. The nearest court of criminal jurisdiction held its sessions at Williamsburg, which i* but sewn miles from Jamestown, when- the first settlement was made. When the condition ol the country at that tune is d...
NATIVE CALIFORNIANS BREAKING WILD HORSES. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 25 December 1854
NATIVE CALIFORNIANS BREAKING WILD HORSES. The wild horses in California are of Arabian origin, its is evidenced by various peculiarities of their organization and the statements ol" history regarding their MtTOd net ion into the country. In a laud dcv.-ted almost ntirely to grazing purposes it is not surprising that they .hould become hardy and free from disease to an extent unknown at the Fist. It is equally a natural consequence that those whose properly they are and VBOM existence is dependent on the multiplication of their stock should be- mastery over the inferior animals affortfs a fine subject for gratulation in all its bearings, but no where more thoroughly than in his subjugation of the horse; and in no part of the world, from the steppes of Russia to the pampas of Peru, from the deserts of Arabia to the mountains of Mexico, can there be found more bold and skilful horsemen than among the native Californians.
Old Block and Mr. Whittlestiek. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 25 December 1854
Old Block and Mr. Whittlestiek. An interesting correspondence having occurred between these two occasional contributors to the California Press, we seize the earliest opportunity of giving it the publicity its importance demands. The penknife alluded to is on exhibition at our office of publication. Grass Valley, November M, 18S4. My Psar Whittleetick:— l have been much amused in reading your explorations in the mountains of the Bay City, in company with Mr. Toots, and the celebrated YV. Micawber, Esq., Gent, which somebody has kindly sent me. It is so long since I vegetated in the vegetable trade, or squashed out in the squash business on Long Wharf—(May Heaven forgive Tobin A Duncan for piling up that brick mass on my old stand) —that my memory of the Geography of Upper San Francisco was vague and uncertain, until refreshed by your Explorations. Your discoveries, your descriptions, your adventures in that romantic region, jnjpressed my mind with the strong probability that eomtfht...
UP-HILL WORK. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 25 December 1854
UP-HILL WORK. It will need no detailed description to convince the reader that the stalwart individual whose likeness heads this sketch is engaged in a labor that may be very properly termed up-hill work in the strictest sense of that too widely amicable term. Walking up an eminence in the pork-butter lorl^l^^m^^o with a tin-pan for a hat, said mros4wJ|Ma%i ffflH heaped up with dirt and stones to the utn supposed powers of retention, is at once Jirtxajas c ofprofuse perspiration, growling and when the welcome water is reached, and the din. littt&gt; by little, is washed away till you can see the bottom of threefourths of the pan, and iv the lower side these is but a slight modicum of the magic little particles that constitute the charm of California life, why then it is up-hill work indeed, and none the less steep that the pan may now be inverted on the head through which so recently floated visions of ounces and double ounces in utter defiance of the laws of gravity and pro...
WEIGHING THE DUST. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 25 December 1854
WEIGHING THE DUST. And now it remains to be seen whether Hope or Disappointment be the ruling spirit of the evening; whether in the happy accomplishment of the hazarded guess, the retrospect of the day's toil and its incidents shall be a pleasant one; when each little detail of the discovery of this piece and that piece shall be dwelt on by tongues that never tire to talk, and hearkened to by ears that delight to listen ; when gratulation on gratulation flows from happy lips, and th" eyes brighten with the fulness of a contented heart, till sleep weighs down their lids; or in the revulsion of feeling that follows an unwelcome disclosure of the balance, gloom sits on every face, and moodily and slowly the evening passes away, each wondering how he could have been so mistaken in his estimate, each full of the disappointment his hojH-s had sustained till the reaction comes, and all retire to rest with the fixed par pose of rising to the morrow's duty with hearts as light as the weight ...
WRITING HOME. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 25 December 1854
WRITING HOME. Next to the pleasure or the pain of receiving letters may be classed the joy or sorrow of inditing them.— " How the old time comes o'er us." The group of friends or relations that await so anxiously the opening of the epistle are in plain view before us as the pen passes over paper with the rapidity of Fancy. Are they all there? — rises from the heart to the mind like a deadening miasma, all dark and gloomy. Or, perchance, it may be only one whose form Hits before the eye of the heart, as the thoughts fly from the head to the hand; und one sweet face banishes all other memories. Doubled is the sorrow that must be communicated to the loved ones! Doubled the joy we ask them to share! How carefully is each word weighed that tells of ill-fortune! How fearful are we that our misfortunes may be overrated! How cheerfully does the sad heart seek to guide the pen that tells the tale of its discouragement! But when the theme is joyous, how the pen flies, vainly striving to keep ...
Early Life of John C. Calhoun. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 25 December 1854
Early Life of John C. Calhoun. An old school-fellow and associate of the late John C. Calhoun, who signs himself "A. Bowie," residing in Talapoosa county, Ala., in a letter to the Abbeville Banner, gives some Interesting reminiscences of the early life of the great southern statesman. He says that in 1810 Mr. C. was practising law at Abbeville Court House, the late Gov. Noble being his partner. He was much admired for his conversational powers, and the young gentlemen of the place were in the constant habit of assembling in the summer evenings on Mr. C.'s piazza to listen to him. He was also in the daily habit of walking for exercise, and seldom turned before he had accomplished a mile and a half. Mr. Bowie adds:—" This exercise was usually taken very early in the morning, and he was generally willing to have one of his young friends as a companion—not to enjoy their conversation, but to benefit them by his. I remember on one occasion he invited me to accompany him in his morning st...
A Dig with a Lady's Parasol. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 25 December 1854
A Dig with a Lady's Parasol. Punch, you naughty fellow! You laugh at our bonnets, and the funny way in which we ladies wear them. I only wish you gentlemen would look at your own dre*s a little before you think of laughing at ours. Our bonnets, after all, are not half so ugly as your hats nasty black things, that have no more shape in them than an elephant's leg. I'm sure I should be sorry to put the slice of a chimney-put on my head ! I wish you could see yourselves—you would be ii little more careful then howyon go out of your way to ridicule us. As for your scarfs, also -I would sooner go bare-necked than put' round my throat anything half so nonsensical. Why, I have seen young gentlemen wear neck-handkerchiefs no thicker than the ribbon we should think of putting round the neck of a kitten. They are not half so broad as watchi ribbons. I declare, in size tbey an- no broader than the white satin favors we tie up "wedding-cake with. You will be wearing your shoe-strings for a neck...
Perfection of Style. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 25 December 1854
Perfection of Style. A finely written article on the philosophy of stile, in tbe XWs'minst.r A*, n. », maintains that the" law at effect I is the great thing Ui be studied ami aimed at in good writing. The constant employment of one special af phraseology is to be shunned. To have a specific style is to be |sK.r in speech. As in a tine nature, the play of the features, the tones of the voice and Its cadences,'vary in harmony with every thought uttered ; 5.,,,, p.sscssed ; of a fully developed power of speech, the mould in which ; combination of word* is cast, w ill similarly vary with, and Ik- appropriate to, the sentiment. A ]» rfecll v endowed man must unconsciously write in all styles. The habitual mode of utterance must depend on the habitual balance of the nature Let the power, of speech bo fullvdev. I. pod . let the ability of the intellect to convey the emotions be i complete, and the fixity of style will ffiaaMM ar. The per- | feet writer will express himself us Junius, when...
Too Good to be Lost. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 25 December 1854
Too Good to be Lost. The boarders in one of the fashionable houses in Brooklya were assembled in the public parlor one sftorßßJ evening a few months since, when a rather iiuti.piitcd maiden lady, who never seems to have any rmploymaal but admiring her jewelry and dresses, lisped out tbe remark that she loved a rainy day, and always availed of one to arrange her drawers. '"So do I, ""growled an old sea ra|&gt;tain. " I overhaul my drawers, and shirts, t,«., sometimes, and sew on a button on a slung where it is wanted." Mademoiselle did not faint, but there was an angry rustle of her silk*, as she swept from thertMMM. leaving all to exchange a suppressed titter for a good hearty laugh.—.V. }'. Sunday (hurisr. Old Bli tiier. —W hen old lllueher wus in England, he was invited to Oxford to have a doctor*! d. eras conferred upon him. The tierce dragoon was as much amused as delighted at the idea of the honor, and introducing an..ther Prussian general, who had been Ins right band m...
"Pike County" at Sea. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 25 December 1854
"Pike County" at Sea. Sea voyages are great humbugs. We arrived at this opinion at an early stage of our marine experience, (one 1 lanir after starting on our tirst " excursion to the hVhing banks.") and we have never had occasion to change it. - 1 Whether on a schooner, ship, 01 ,&lt;teamer, the monotony and dreariness is the SaflM. The same matutinal nauseous- '• ness of mouth conies with the rising sun : the same indisposition to eat accompanies breakfast; and a discontented dinner winds up the day. Brail if the bread be good; even if the coffee does not suggest roasted beans and ! I chicory ; even if the tropics do not insist on your helping J yourself to butter with a sjmkui ; a sea voyage is a nuisance, the annoyances of which monojHiIy companies take 1 good care shall not be rendered fewer m number. The starting is all very well. Smith, with whom you 1 have left your money for investment, and Brown, whose note you have held for two years, come down to see you ' off; o...
PLEASURES OF A TRIP TO THE EAST. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 25 December 1854
PLEASURES OF A TRIP TO THE EAST. Mr. Timid, MM aboit to take a trip to the East PI RELY AS A MATTKK OK 1'LEASCRE, IS INFORMED BT A l KIND FH1K.N1&gt;, AT THE MOMENT OF HIS DEI'ARTt'RE, THAT ! HE "HAD I1KTTER LOOK OIT FOR HIMSELF, AS Jk NI MIIFR OF THE OKSPERAPOES WHO ROBBED THE PASSENGERS ON THE * VaNKF.K Hi.ADK' ARE (JOINU DOWN ON THE SAME STEAMER WITH HIM." MR. T. DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE GRATIFIED BT THE INTELLIGENCE.
One Illustrated Envelopes. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 25 December 1854
One Illustrated Envelopes. We have printed a number of designs on Envelopes, suited for the enclosure of our letter-sheet views. Some of them are very striking and life-like. We give them below. The specimens given do not comprise our entire variety, but they are sufficient to show the qtmlitv of the engravings, and their suitability for the ptsrpotM to which they are devoted. First on the list we have Not in the cramped, circular form in which it appears in Use seal of the State, but with "ample room and verge enough" to secure a correct appreciation of the design. Mim rva is in the foreground, with her spear iv her left hanil, her helmet on her head, and her right arm resting on the shield hearing the bead of Medusa. Behind her the sun is .-.lnning, while in its rays appears the motto of our State, appropriate, though somewhat hackneyed. At her feet flowers and fruit are pouring from the horn of plenty, and by her side is the grizzly, behind whom is seen a sheaf of grain. In the d...