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Personal Reminiscences of Early Days in California with Other Sketches

To Which Is Added the Story of His Attempted Assassination by a Former Associate on the Supreme Bench of the State

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Language: English
Wordcount: 117,019 / 341 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 64.2
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 278
Added to site: 2005.05.07 10280
Genres: Biography, Politics

with Stephen Johnson Field (1816-1899)

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ngularly strange and wild. The Bay then washed what is now the east side of Montgomery street, between Jackson and Sacramento streets; and the sides of the hills sloping back from the water were covered with buildings of various kinds, some just begun, a few completed,--all, however, of the rudest sort, the greater number being merely canvas sheds. The locality then called Happy Valley, where Mission and Howard streets now are, between Market and Folsom streets, was occupied in a similar way. The streets were filled with people, it seemed to me, from every nation under Heaven, all wearing their peculiar costumes. The majority of them were from the States; and each State had furnished specimens of every type within its borders. Every country of Europe had its representatives; and wanderers without a country were there in great numbers. There were also Chilians, Sonorians, Kanakas from the Sandwich Islands, and Chinese from Canton and Hong Kong. All seemed, in hurrying to and fro, to be busily occupied and in a



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