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DESCRIPTION OF UPNEE CALIFORNIA [Newspaper Article] — Californian — 5 December 1846
DESCRIPTION OF UPPER CALIFORNIA. [continued] Ports and Commerce. —There are 4 ports, principal bays, in this territory, which takes the names of the corresponding Presidios, the best guarded is that of San Diego, that of San Francisco has many advantages, Santa Barbara is but middling, in the best part of the season, at other times always bad, besides the above mentioned places, vessels sometimes anchor at Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo, el cojo el Refugio, San Pedro and San Juan Capistrano, that they may obtain the productions of the Missions nearest these last mentioned places; but from an order sent by the minister of war, and circulated by this Commandante General, we are given to understand that no foreign vessel is permitted to anchor at any of these places, Monterey only excepted, notwithstanding the Commandante General, has allowed the first three principal ports to remain open provisionally, were it not so, there would undoubtedly be an end to all commerce with California as I...
Untitled [Newspaper Article] — Californian — 5 December 1846
The War. — Every thing in and about Monterey is at present very quiet, the general impression is that the Californians now in arms have gone south. What their fate may be in that quarter will depend on a combination of circumstances which may result very differently from what they anticipate. The citizens who have property are generally at their homes, cultivating their farms, and prosecuting their Iawful business. Those who have nothing to lose, and possibly something to gain in the upheavings of all things, are in arms. There in a class in every community who may be benefitted by an earthquake, or a general conflagration.— They live like wreckers, on the misfortunes and ruins of others. Their numbers are always swelled by felons and fugitives from justice. We will venture to say there is hardly a bullock or a horse stealer, a vagabond or desperado in California who has not joined the insurgents. Their cry of patriotism is a cloak, under which they perpetrate every kind of fraud an...
A PARODY [Newspaper Article] — Californian — 5 December 1846
A PARODY. A life on the ocean wave! A home on the rolling deep! 'Fried rat'ins three times a day, And a leaky old berth for sleep. Where the grey-beard cockroach roams, On kindly thoughts intent, And the raving bed bug comes The way that the cockroach went! A life on the ocean wave! A home on the rolling deep! Where Jack can devour 'salt junk,' And salt water to make the 'junk' keep Wet jackets night and day; A visit from fleas at night, The hundred and ninetieth lay, A gale—and the breakers in sight! Orders in Lahaina.—Our correspondent writes us the following gratifying intelligence; Lahaina, Sept, 5. "You cannot imagine how proud we feel in Lahaina once more to see good old quiet times, such as were in the days of Hoapilt. We have no rum, and of course no rows and no noise. It is a rare thing now to see a drunken sailor, or a boisterous, abusive sailor in our streets. All is quiet and peaceful. God grant that we may never again be cursed and afflicted with intoxicating liquors. O...
Page 7 Advertisements Column 2 [Newspaper Article] — Californian — 5 December 1846
OFICINA DE MAGISTRADO'S, Monterey, Nov. 4th, 1846. Es requerido en el presente crisis de negocios, que a la llegada, y salida, de toda persona, sea dado a saber al Comandante Militar de esta punto, por lo consiguiente, toda persona al llegar a Monterey, se presentará al cuartel general y toda persona que tenga que salir ocurriran a dicho cuartel para su pasaporte. WALTER COLTON, 13 tf Primero Magistrado. MAGISTRATE'S OFFICE, Monterey, Nov. 4th. In the present crisis of affairs it is requisite that the arrival and departure of persons should be known at the office of the Military Commandant. All persons, therefore, arriving in Monterey will report themselves at his quarters, and all persons desirous of leaving must call there for passports. WALTER COLTON,Chief Magistrate. HEAD QUARTERS, Monterey, Oct. 31st, 1846. ORDERS.— All persons immediately on arriving in this town, will report themselves at the office of the Military Commandant. All persons leaving Monterey are required to proc...
THE PRESENT WAR. [Newspaper Article] — Californian — 12 December 1846
THE PRESENT WAR. The remedies applied to my country, aggravate her infirmities. Upper California has been, as well as all our republic, made infirm by the contagious distemper of aspirancy. This department has been afflicted since the year 1836; its evils have continually been increasing or diminishing according to circumstances, or the more or less necessities of its mandarines, who have grasped into their possession all the national property, as well as that of all the missions; as though it were their own patrimony; these riches they distributed with great prodigality amongst the numberless satellites, or proselytes, of the said mandarines; a multitude of officers were created, for whom there was not the least necessity; military grades were distributed more abundantly than in Paraguay, though with this difference; Doctor Francia when he died left eight millions of dollars in the national coffers, whilst the mandarines of this country, when they have died, (politically) have left...
Untitled [Newspaper Article] — Californian — 12 December 1846
In an other column will be found the communication of Capt. Maddox, which we cheerfully insert. It is written with a good degree of candor and ability, but as editors, and without the slightest ill will, we must be allowed to pick a few flaws with its Iogic. Capt. Maddox complains of our "disdaining the minute information given us by himself, and taking, in its place, that of a person unknown to him." We did not take the information of Capt. Maddox, for the very simple, and to us, satisfactory reason that he was not on the ground. He was more than fifteen miles off; we preferred the statement of an eye and ear witness on the spot, though a person unknown to him. It may be a misfortune to a man not to be known to Capt. Maddox, but it is not a crime which invalidates his testimony. Capt. Maddox says -- "To set all matters in a true light it is indispensible to show how an officer has to reason it." Well, how does this officer reason it? He draws a fearful picture of three deserters --...
HEAD QUARTERS [Newspaper Article] — Californian — 12 December 1846
HEAD QUARTERS, Monterey, Dec 10th, 1846. Observing the publication in the "Californian" of Saturday last, under the heading "Escape of the convicts'' I find the Author disdained the most minute information given him by the Commanding Officer of this place. Prefering the report of a probably more trusty person, though not known to me, he was not only led to misrepresentation of facts, but finally to remarks and conclusions, which are too well calculated to wound, if not to stain the public character of the concerned Officers and men. To enable the public to form an impartial opinion of the affair in question, it will be indispensable to show how an officer has to reason itA man deserting from post in time of war with arms -- releasing the prisoners under his charge -- suppose him to escape unpunished, what will be this consequence but an encouragement for the worthless fellow that remains behind, -- will he hesitate to go one step further to communicate with the enemy as soon as he h...
Page 3 Advertisements Column 1 [Newspaper Article] — Californian — 12 December 1846
MARRIED. On the 24th of October at Bear Creek, Sacramanto Valley, by the Rev. J. G. T Dunlearey Sabastian Kayser of Bear Creek and Miss Elizabeth Rhodes late of Roy County, Missouri. At San Francisco, by W. A. Bartlett Esq., Chief Magistrate of the District. Mr John Henry Brown of San Francisco, and Miss Hetty Cornelia Pell, late of Westchester County, New York. OBITUARY. Died, at San Francisco, Adelaida Larkin, Daughter of T. O. Larkin Esq., U. S. Navy Agent at Monterey. We are pained indeed thus to note the death of our little friend Adelaide whose endearing smile was ever so ready to greet her friends and who is not the friend of an innocent child, but so it is, after a painful sickness death has stepped in and taken her from fond parents and friends, and her little voice so now mingled with the host of those who sing praises to Him who said, "Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven." May God in his mercy sustain the deeply...
Page 4 Advertisements Column 1 [Newspaper Article] — Californian — 12 December 1846
section a little king or a little god. To conclude my fellow Patriots, countrymen, and friends I beg of you and I invite one and all, to agree with me and let us subject ourselves to the same law that our father Adam did, when the Angel turned him out of Paradise and that is the law of necessity. In the revolution your lives are constantly at stake, you live while it lasts in an unquiet state of mind, you are at a distance from your families, and on the brink of losing sight of them for evermore; at your labour you would be secure, your health would be better, you would eat and sleep at your regular hours; and your property would increase. Reflect on this, come to your senses, and keep in mind an old adage which says, If you wish to starve yourself to death, do so, but do not oblige others to do the same. A FRIEND TO TRUTH. MAGISTRATE'S OFFICE, Monterey, Nov. 4th. In the present crisis of affairs it is requisite that the arrival and departure of persons should be known at the office...
Page 4 Advertisements Column 2 [Newspaper Article] — Californian — 12 December 1846
FOR SALE OR RENT.-A two story house eligibly situated on the Western side of the gulph of Monterey, containing two bed rooms and a hall up stairs, and a dining room, sitting room, office and shop below stairs, with good out houses, fine well of water, and a garden walled in. The whole establishment consists of eighty-five yards front and fifty yards deep. For further information enquire of D. Spence, Esq., PORTSMOUTH HOUSE- Yerba Buena. -The undersigned has opened a Public House, under the above title, where he is prepared to entertain all those who may please to call on him. His table will be furnished with the best the market affords, and his bar with the best liquors. Yerba Buena, Oct. 16, 1846. J. BROWN, FOR SALE OR BARTER. A General assortment of Merchandise, also, a large lot of Brown Mantas, for sale low for cash, or hides. TALBOT H. GREEN. FOR BOSTON.— The A. 1. fast sailing ship Vandalia, T.C. Everett, commander, will sail from San Diego for Boston, on, or about the 25th of...
Untitled [Newspaper Article] — Californian — 19 December 1846
A YANKEE.—The following is the substance of a story, as told by Mr. Dallas, at a public dinner given him in Philadelphia, on his return from Russia, in 1838. ¶ One day a lad, apparantly about eighteen, presented himself before our ambassador at St. Petersburg. He was a pure specimen of the genus Yankee: with sleeves too short for his bony arms, trowsers half way up to his knees, and hands playing with coppers and ten-penny nails in his pocket. He introduced himself by saying— "I've just come out here to trade, with a few Yankee notions, and I want to get sight of the Emperor." ¶ "Why do you wish to see *him*?" ¶ "I've brought him a present, all the way from Ameriky. I respect him considerable, and I want to get at him, to give it to him with my own hands." ¶ Mr. Dallas smiled, as he answered, "It is such a common thing, my lad, to make crowned heads a present, expecting something handsome in return, that I'm afraid the Emperor will consider this a Yankee trick. What have you brought...