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SOUTHERN STANDARD MCMINNVILLE, TENNESSEE. SATURDAY, JAN 31,191.
FROM THE GOLDEN SHORE
Farming in California. How
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A Petriflad Giant.
The following letter, which we
have been permitted to publish, will
prove of much interest to our readers:
Bouden, Cal., Jan. 8, 1891.
Dr. J. B. Ritchey, McMinnville.
Dear Friend: It has been some
time since I wrote you. We are hav
ing the finest weather at this season
of the year, I have ever seen in Cal.
Farmers are making use of it too. It
seeuw that the rains come just as we
need them. The farmers will get in
more grain this year than they have
ever put in. The rains set in during
October, and have been coming just
at the right times. We had a nice
rain last night. Wheat is coming up,
and I never saw the farmers more
hopeful, for last year they made
money, and so far the prospect is far
better than last year. But we can't
tell yet whether wo will have a crop
or not. It depends on the spring
rains. This is a wonderful country.
It will produce anything that you
put in the ground, where you have
water, and we are getting fixed now
so we can have plenty of water to ir
rigate all we want, and if the rains
don't come at the right time we can
have a crop any way. It is surpris
ing to see what one man can do, in
the way of cultivating the ground.
But if you were here and could see
the machinery they work with, you
would not be surprised.
I was up in Tulare county a few
weeks ago and while there I saw Mr.
Berry's steam plow at work. It pulls
five gang plows, each cutting forty
inches. He runs it night and day,
has two crews, one to run at night
and one to run in the day. I also saw
a road worker, to grade roads. It is
run on the same principle as the
header. The dirt is plowed up by a
large plow aud falls on an apron, and
is carried to the middle of the road,
and, as the team goes the dirt is pour
ed out in the middle of the road. It
takes from ten to twelve horses to
draw the machine.
There are many wonders to be seen
here and one who never saw this
country would be slow to believe the
true story of what can be seen here.
We who have been raised in the
back woods can hardly believe our
own eyes. If I tell that we have
trees out here that a six horse stage
can pass through, and it still stand
ing, many would disbelieve it
There are still larger trees than this
to be found in the Calaveras gro
One of the greatest wonders that
have seen is the petrified man that
was found a few weeks ago in this
county. No doubt you have read the
account before this. He is now on
exhibit at our town, Fresno, twenty
five cents a sight, and no one would
stand back to give it. When I saw
the account of it I thought it a hum
bug, but it is not. He is just as per
feet a man as can be. He is six feet
ana live inches, ana looks to be an
older man that I am, and from his
upper lip it seems that his upper
teeth were out, for his mouth is caved
in. His finger nails are just as plain
as can be, even the wrinkles on his
fingers are as natural as life. He has
one hand on his chest and one on his
stomache, he seems to have been lay
ed out, or at least he is lying in that
position. His foot is long and from
the lo ks had worn a shoe, for his
toes are close together, and his
big toe is sharp showing that he had
worn a tight shoe. His foot is eleven
inches long, and his weight is about
four hundred pounds. He is worth
more than that many pounds of gold
to tne man who louna him. He is a
poor man, or was, but now he is rich
I hear that he has sold one fourth in
terest for ten thousand dollars
I 1 A 1 ItaiM
wouiu noi nave soiu it lor any price,
The man promised me a photograpl
oi mm. lie saia ne was preparing
to make a dam to back up the water
in the Cantue creek, which is about
.")() miles from Fresno. He saw Ins
foot sticking out of the creek bank
ne men set in to uig nun out. ana
where his head came out he was 1
or n leet unuer ground, lie is
thought to be of a race of people w
have no account of. He will be taken
to the world's fair. I took Wade,
Burney and Earle to see him las
Veek. Earle stood off at first, but he
soon came up and looked at him. He
slm'iiis to have been bald headed, on
the oacK oi ms neaa you can see
some appearance of hair. His chest
is very full but his stomache is
sunken. Knough about the wonder
birthday. I did think I would get
to go to sen him this winter but I see
no chance now, for it will soon bo
time to begin to put out grape vines.
I have enough rooted vines to put
out my land. The grape culture is
all the go here now. The Madera
Bank Co., will put out 2500 acres
more this spring. We will have
packing houses here this year and
there will be sale for all the raisins,
and it will pay better to pack them
than to sell them in sweat boxes,
though they brought six to six and
one-half this year. I see you are get
ting good prices for fruit this year.
Peaches are retailing at 1G to 20 cts
here. But your dried peaches are
nothing to ours. "Eggs are 30 cts.
Live turkeys 14 to 1G cts per lb.
Chickens $5 to $G per dozen. Beef
cattle are low, 2 to 2J, but when you
go to the butcher for steak it is 12 to
15 cents for choice. Money plenty
with som?, and they don't mind
Can't you send us a good preacher ?
We have nu regular pastor. Would
prefer a man with small family as
wo are not able to pay high salary,
but promise he shall have plenty tu
eat. Mr. Patterson is getting along
with his work at Fresno finely. He
hopes to build a church up there, as
there is plenty of material. There is
much more attention paid to church
going iiow than when I first came to
California. The sound ol the ham
mer is not heard now on the Sabbath
as it was even three years ago. The
ove of money in this country is
great. I will close as I have already
writteu a lengthy letter and I fear
you will think so. Albert is having
a good trade. He has gone to the
city to replenish his stock. He said
he would have to lay in Irish pota
toes by the car load, lor "he could
not keep a supply on hand. I had a
etter from Sam a few day agoj he is
nlarging his orange grove. His
crop is light this year. I think this
is the year you promised to visit Cal-
fornia. Are you coming? Remem
ber me to your father and your fami-
y. II R. Ettek.
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