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VOL, 3J
HR WEEM SIERRA CITIZEN^
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iDctoflicbli'e J)lrectolrjj,
If. IS. Cossitt,
ATTORNEY AT LAW.
je2l-tf f3f“office, Empire Building, Dnwnipville. Jl
Ferdinand J. Met'ami,
ATTORNEY AT LAW,
WILL FBACnOE IN ALL THE COURTS IS THE 14lU JUDICIAL DISTRICT.
in Chase’s Law Building, Downiprllle. act jeT-tf
WILLIAM 8. WEAR. t. t. MCSSUt.
Spear & Mnsser,
ATTORNEYS AT LAW,
WILL MIACTICK IS ALL THE COURTS (S SIERRA COUNTY.
Office in Andrews’ Building, Jersey Flat,
jeT-tf Downibvillb.
B. U. TAYI.OK. U. KIKKI'ATKICK.
Taylor & Kirkpatrick,
ATIORNEYS A T LA W,
DOW NIE VILLE,
mj24-3m California.
. O. C. Hall,
A TTORNE Y-AND C O UNS ELL OR-A T-LA W,
on Main street, Downievilie.
"WILL PRACTICE IS ALL THE COURTS OF TUB 14TU JUDICIAL DISTRICT.
je7-tf
James Clmrcliman,
L*w Office opposite Wells, Fargo k Co’s Express,
D 0 W N I E V I LLE,
PRACTICES in the District Courts of Sierra and Nevada counties
and Supreme Court. Judge A. Smith will answer for him in his
absence, and telegraph to him immediately. mrls-3ui
P. VASCLEIF. D. T. BEAKY.
Vancleif & Berry,
ATTORNEYS AT LAW,
OFFICE, Bridge street, Downievilie. at the north end of the lower
bridge. Also, on High street, St. Louis, Sierra county, Califor-
je7-tf
Louis Bartlett,
* mjrr mtstv a *rr* cvyrevANcm,.
JeT-tf OFFICE WITH VAStCLEIF A BERRY, DOWEIEVILLB.
O. N. Dodseu,
COUNTY SURVEYOR.
Jel4-tf Office Main street, above Upper Plaza.
jeT-tf
T. R. Kibb ,
PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON.
Office and residence,
JERSEY' FLAT, DOWNIETILLE.
Dr. C. D. Atkin
F ’FORMS the public that he continues to practice Medicine, Mid
wifery and Surgery, at his old stand in Downievilie. and solicits
a continuance of that liberal patronage he has always received from
the public of Sierra and adjacent counties. JeT-tf
Dentistry.
ALL OPERATIONS ON THE TEETH performed in
tlfyvKn the best and most endurable manner, at reasonable
rates, by M. J. GOODFELLOW.
Downievilie, November, 1555. jeT-tf
Samuel M. Parsons,
NOTARY PUBLIC AND CONVEYANCER.
jeTtf J3F“Office over Green k Purdy’s Store, Downievilie.
Philip Adolph,
NOTARY PUBLIC AND CONVEYANCER.
rITERPUETER and TRANSLATOR of the German language will
attend promptly to all business entrusted Vim office in Meier’s
Fire-proof Building, Downievilie, Cal. je7-3m
W. F. Smith,
A TTORNBY-A T-LA W A NO TABY P ÜBLIC,
jeT-tf CAMPTONVILLE YUBA COUNTY.
'Thomas Boyce,
ADVERTISING AGENCY',
N. E. CORNER WASHINGTON AND MONTGOMERY STS.,
f«b2B-tf San Francisco.
J. Mc-Yerhauy,
HOUSE CARPENTER AND BUILDER.
Shop south side of North Plasa,
Downievilie.
Smith & Anderson,
CONTRACTORS. CARPENTERS AAD BUILDERS,
JeT-tf NORTH MAIN STREET, DOWNIBVILLB.
Sierra Saloon.
OPPOSITE THE BRIDGE, Durgan Plat, Downievilie. An excel
lent Billiard Table in the room. PIERCE A McDONNELL,
jeT-tf Proprietors.
Coffee Saloon A Confectionery.
R ANDREWS k CO., north side of Main street, Downievilie. Pies,
• Cakes, Oyster Stews, fresh Eggs, and Hot Coffee, served at all
hours, day and night. jeT-tf
Blanks of All Kinds.
LEGAL BLANKS of all kinds for sale at the Citizen office—such as
Summons, Suhptenas, Attachments, Executions, Warrants,
Bonds, and all blanks used by county officers.
Saloon, Jbakery and Confectionery.
R. ANDREWS & CO.
HAVING enlarged and refitted their Saloon in good style, are pre
pared to wait on customers at all hours of day or night.
Hot Coffee, Pies, Cakes, Eggs, and other refreshments, served up at
short notice.
Game and fresh Butter received regularly and kept constantly on
bands. R. ANDREWS k CO., Main st.
Downievilie, May Ist, ISSC. jeT-tf
Bakery and Coffee Saloon.
Y INAL WEAVER wou'd call the attention of the “hungry and
thirsty 1 ' to his BAKERY and COFFEE SALOON, Miin street,
Downievilie, where he keeps all kinds of refreshments for the “inner
man,” such as Pies, Cakes, Oyster-stews, Fresh Eggs, and Hot Coffee,
served up at all hours. je7-6m
Coffee Saloon and Bakery.
BY C. 3. KLEtN, Main street. OownievilK Pies, Cakes, Oyster-
Stcfrs, Fresh Eggs, and Hot Coffee, served at all hours. apr£6-6m
Benicia Female Seminary.
THE next term of the Benicia Female Seminary commences Janu
ary 16,1856. Every department of this Institution is now filled
With competent teachers, and there is also a pretty full supply of Ap
paratus, so that the facilities for obtaining a thorough education are
Moat to those of any Institution in the State.
jeT-tf MART ATKINS, Principal.
t.t. QUALITIES of Blasting Powder, D. I. and Safety Fuse, for
by [jeT-tf] WEIGHT, BRAMLEY * CO.
€tft iDcchln Sierra Citizen.
DOWNIEYILLE, SIERRA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 1856.
[Original.
When Will To-morrow Come J
BY ANNIE.
Close by bis mother’s side, there stood
A fair-haired, angel boy ;
His eyes to her, so gently turned,
Seemed wreathed in smiles of joy.
“Did you not say. to-morrow, Ma,
My sister would come borne?
Met Links the hours lag heavily;
When will to-morrow come V
“Hush! hush, my child! for knowest not
The lov’d may ne’er return?
Her home lies far beyond that plain
Where yonder plannets burn I .
They count not weary hours by sAnds,
lu her Elysian home ;
And yet you ask, with wondering eyes,
‘When will to-morrow cowt ?’ ’’
“When dread Futurity’s dark walls
Sbali totter at their base \ v
When glimmer through their crevice*
Beams from “our Father’s” face;
When yon pale mourner, o’er that mound,
Shall cease to breathe her moan;
Shall clasp the lost one to her breast—
Then shall to morrow come!
“When Hope's bright vision—long enchained
By artists, heaven-inspired—
Shall burst into reality,
Lit by Promethian fire ;
When Life’s dark shadows—chased away
By glorious morning sun—
Shall chill the weary heart no more,
Then will to morrow come !”
“Toe Siekra Democrat” —From VT. G. Still,,
agent. The first number of the new paper at For°st
City, published by John Platt, jr., and edited by
William Campbell, Ksq., makes a most creditable
appearance ; the articles written with moderation and
the typography excellent. The editor takes strong
grounds against the Vigilance Committee, which we are
sorry for, although w* arc quite sure that friend Camp
bell is honest in his opinions, and perfectly free from
any connection with the law-and murder party. But
'tis a bad gang to run with, and the few honest and
honorable men whom conscience drives to that party,
are in danger of being dragged down with the rest.
The “reaction” that we read of will not lake place
much before the Millenium, because there are very few
to re-act; it is nothing but a murderous war on the
peoples’ liberties, and whoever will take the trouble to
muster the law-and-order forces will find among them
the most woe-begone. God-toisakni, fag ends of cre
a : on that were ever Lund on ‘gory fields ’ since the day
of Falstaff.
W e cordially extend the hand of fraternity, with the
assurance that we shall feel much gratification in the
success of friends Piatt, Campbell and the “Democrat.”
Benicia seminary. — We have to thank'the ladies
of the “Benicia Female Seminary” for a report of their
examination, which docs infinite credit to the institu
tion, The editor of the Solrno Herald, who was
present at the exercises, remarks:
“The most attractive part of the examinations, intel
lectually, was an occasional drill oi the pupils by the
Principal, Miss Alikins, or Mrs. Ormsby, or some other
of the Professors. So like a properly trained family,
being pleasantly advanced in literary enjoyment, divested
of the dull monotony too prevalent in many of our
schools. There seemed to be no piipil but beamed that
conscious smile of superiorly that is justly the property
of those that excel. Evan the primaries, by every move
ment, seemed to say—"We are happy as lords and mean
to be wiser than kings.”
We have several times given oar opinion that this
institution, under the care of Miss Atkins, is the best
girls’school in the State; the only wonder is that
some five or six beautiful little girls of Dowuieville are
deprivtd of the advantages of instruction there. We
could name half a dozen little girls whose faces—
so beautiful and iuuoceut—are growing blank and
vacant for the want of the mental culture due to those
whom God has fashioned so perfectly.
Contributors. —Another bundle of manuscript from
the brilliant and gifted “Annie,” who for beauty, of
diction has no superior in California; her writings
would be welcome to any literary publication iu the
United States.
And the perverse, obstinate “Kitty,” who won’t tell
who she is, has another beautiful little story to-day.—
Jf Kitty can keep us from fin ling ontjwho she is, Kitty,
will be a mighty smart gal. Let’s see! Kilty must
lie old and ugly, and perhaps she squints!
[Aside. ’That will start her out ,for it isn’t in female
human nature to stand that, though it is, no doubt, a
monstrous no-such-thing.] And besides, she has no
idea of the remark a lady made about her the other day .
[.Sofas and Parenthetical: That’s a clincher! She can t
endure that without betraying her whereab mts. and
we shall presently have a storm of elocution and broken
crockery.] In short, by being a little more communi
cative Kitty might hear of something to her advantage.
[Solus. That’s at her curiosity ! Think that’s a set
tler !]
“The Wreath,” published at the Benicia Semi
nary and edited by Misses A. Williams and Mary
Hook, and a most classic little publication. In the
lost number the young ladies say to the publisher :
“Our school is now drawing to a close, and ere we
seperate, we, as a school, would extend our thanks to
you for your kind notice of our “Wreath,” The buds
and blossoms we have here entwined, have not always
been so bright or fragrant as they might have been, but
it must be remembered that we are but youthful travel
ers amid the labyrinths of wisdom, and the flowers we
cull give proof of our inexperience. U’e have few
opening buds in our “Wreath,” and still fewer, that ap
proach to maturity; and it cannot be expected that they
will have either the beauty or fragrance of full blown
flowers.”
“The youthful travelers amid the labyrinths of wis
dom,” may, perhaps, under-estimate their worth, wlrle
others, more experienced in the thorny path, take the
liberty of thinking differently.
Frank. Blodgett.— Read what Mr. Soule, of the
Chronicle, says of our little favorite . “Frank” is get
ting up iu the world, although she is but a “wee thing.”
Banished. —Lewis Mabouy, who ran away from his
widowed mother in Philadelphia and who bos been one
of the most notorious cattle thieves in California,
has been set afloat by the Vigilance Committee.
[Original.
A Walk in the City*
BY KITTY, OF MARYSVILLE.
“Lord, from tby blessed throne,
Sorrow look down upon!
God saw (fee poor !”
It was a cold, dismal day in the great Metropolis.—
The sun was deeply veiled by thick, heavy clouds, which
hung above the city. An intermingling of rain, snow
and hail came pattering down upon the pavement and
drifting in the faces of the passers-by. The wind
howled above the those stately buildings and swept
moaning through the streets, searching the worn and
scanty garments of the shivering poor—the poor from
what should be joyous, happy childhood, to miserable
decrepit! old age. The withered bad, the blasted
flower, remind us that all is »»t bright and beautiful in
this little worltf of ours. There is joy and misery,
wealth and poverty, beauty and deformity, intelligence
and folly, purity and vice.
We will hurry on through the crowded thoroughfare j
for it is a grievous sight, Storm King bolds
bis revels to see the misery stationed there. That
poor, distressed creature, her leaning down on one
hand, the other extended fur charity. That sad old
man, his locks silvered o’er with sorrow and care,
doomed never again to behold the bright sunlight; the
happy smiles of friends; the beautiful flowers. No!
but he feels lhadrifting snow, us he totters along, lean
ing upon his staff, following the guidance of his faithful
little dog.
The little flower girl, with a miserable smile upon her
wan and anxious features. '‘Will you buy this beauti
ful boquet ?” Then she repeats, in a chauntiug tone—
“No friendly heart remain! for me,
Like a star to gild life's stormy sea;
Parent, and friend, and brother gone,
1 stand upon tiie earth alone!’’
I cannot relieve all this misery, so I turn not to the
right or the left; on, on ! through the streets. But in
hurrying along Canal street, I caught a glimpse of such
a sorrowful face, and a little stub foot! lu two hours
I returned; the child was still there. His eye has
caught mine ; I pause. The tears, the frozen tears, are
upon his cheeks. In his benumbed fingers he holds a
string—a black shoe-string, jagged at the edges. His
lips quiver as he looks pleadingly in my face and says :
“Lady, will you please buy this string of me? It is a
very good string, and only six cents.”
I harldly know what impelled me, but I took the
string, gave him six cents, hurried home, and to my
room. Then I gazed long at the string, and thought’
how many, many times have I wished for an opportu
nity to relieve real suffering, and yet I had stood par
alized before it, and gave “only six cents I” and this lit
tle string had evidently been picked up in the street,
and ho had trie! to sell it, so as not to appear to beg!
Why did I take it? Why did I not give him more?
1 Started to go back, but it was already dark, and he.
was probably in some of the homes that the suffering
poor have—a small n.oni, a crowd of miserable beings
h|gd enough
to sSvisty the cravings of hjpger; n(Thing bat the
ground to lie upon ; the roof atwve, the cold walls at
their sides—there dwell young and old, with Hope,
that great sustaiucr to all in time of trouble, almost
crushed from their hearts; there, in that great city,
with a thought that there is po life beyond its limits,
they starve, they beg, they do almost anything to sus
tain a miserable existence. Is it a wonder that their
moral perceptions become blunted, that we have ignor
ance, sia and wretchedness in the world ? Then I said,
“help me, oh, my Father ! as I pass down the stream of
life, to sympathize with the sorrowing ; and if I have
nothing more to give, may I have a tear, a smile, a kind
encouraging word !”
Often I look at that little string, for I have it yet,
and the thick clouds seem to gather heavy and dark
above. From out those clouds oome frozen tear-drops—
tears for the misery of mortals—rattling down upon
the pavement of the city. Those tearful eyes, those
quivering lips, that pleading voice, those shivering
limbs, the long hands, in the stiffened fingers of which
is that black string, jagged at the edges, and those
words : “Lady, will you please buy this string of me ?
It is a very good string, and only six cents!” will ever
be remembered ; and if I am never able to offer more>
I shall always offer this prayer : “God help the shiver
ing poor, the aged, the infirm, the fatherless, the uu
bappy!”
Miss Frank Blodgett. —ln our notice of the benefit
given to the Independent National Guard the other
evening, we inadvertently omitted to mention what was
indeed among the principal features in the entertain
ment, the performance of Miss Frances Blodgett, a
young Miss of eleven years of age, upon the accordeon.
She certainly is a gr at proficient upon that instrument.
She was enthusiastically encored, and a number of
boquets were thrown upon the stage in acknowledgment
of her remarkable powers. We learn too that she is
also au cxceleut singer and dancer, and has proposed
that a benefit should be given in favor of the poor yot’.ng
orphans w.iose parents were murdered by the Indians
in Oregon last fall, offering her own service* on the
occasion. We hope her proposition will be carried into
execution, aud that those little orphans will receive
some suitable testimonial of the Sympathy of this com
munity in their behalf.—San i'rancisco Chronicle.
California Literature. —A late number of the
State Journal contained a report of a rape-case, which,
for unadulterated nast ness, takes down anything w«
have ever seen in print—French peculiar novelists not
excepted. The publishers stated in a card, nest day.
that the beastly article was brought iu by a reporter
after the editor and publisher had gone to bed, which,
we presume will be quite satisfactory. The publishers
had better scatter a little quicklime about the premises,
to stop the malaria, —or the cholera. The Journal,
at all events, has the honor of having submitted the
most remarkable article of the nineteenth century,
although, from its peculiar tenor, itwas not calculated
to-be popular in families.
The Nevada Journal grumbles about their folks
having to pay two bits to cross the bridge to Downie
ville. Must shell out, or swim 1 We have remarked,
however, that Nevada people have a decided tendency
to hydtOpbobia—they don’t take water when anything
else is “convenient. ’
[Original.
Soliloquy of the Fastidious long Lady.
BY ANNIE.
Oh, dear! that sensitive persons are the greatest suf
ferers in existence, is reduced to a demonstration. It
is quite surprising to see how inconsiderate some par
ents are. Now, here a quietus is placed upon my
movements for time interminable, in the form of an
other “new baby—brotherand I must sit here in
these close chambers and count the hours, until my feel
ings shall have sufficiently recovered, and propriety ap.
proves my appearance among the beau monde. And
then, how shall I appear ? Doubtless ala school-girl,
who, having but one dress, was under the necessity of
remaining at home one day out of each week, that her
mother might perform the ablutions requisite.
Persons are iu no way responsible for their organiza
tion, and my nature is very modesty itself. Not a day,
scarce an hour, passes, but my sense of delicacy is, by
some m?ans, shocked. Why, only last wtek, that
scfcntific nuisauee, Mr. Smith. (some call him intellec
tual, but I have never been able to discover it.) persisted
in making sculpture and station ry a parlor topic, and
even alluded, pointedly, to Powers’ Greek Slave! Now,
such absurdities should never be tolerated iu refiued
society ; and, out of justice to my own feelings, I frank
ly told the gentleman that he would greatly oblige me
by changing the subject. Of course, he smiled—vulgar
people always will—but ray remarks evidently had the
desired effect, as no reference was again made to the
subject.
And there is parson B ; wonder whether he im
agines his congregation to be possessed of iron nerves
that he seems so regardless of consequences in his selec
tions of psalms. Ugh I Last Sabbath he really read
passages of Scripture, as which, I would as soon think
of reading Fanny Fern's Invalid Wife!
Then, there is Mythology! Why does Pa insist that
I give that dreaded tome my share of atteution ? He
cannot fail to see that, after every reading, my face is
burning with blushes for at least a day ; aud I do not
consider myself over fastidious, either, though some may
call me so. Ma says it is rarely she sees a young lady
of my native modesty, who evinces so decided a taste
for waltzes, mazourkas, and radowas; but then it is
said of me that I possess an elegance in these exercises
pecaliar only to myself, and unequalled by any in our
circle Indeed, Mr. Siidc told me that he should regard
it as being very silly in me to resign all those eulogies
and coco dams, just for the sake of my feelings, to
which, by the by, lam a very martyr, at best. But,
of Course, Ma does not properly understand me,, and it
would be unreasonable to expect sympathy from mar
ried ladies ; of that fact, I have had some most severe
proofs ; for, whenever they are here to tea, I am cither
compelled to quit the parlor, or submit myself, as silent
auditor, to the most unguarded conversation ; and all>
100, because they are married ladies! Oh! the very
thought makes me shudder! Noll never will marry ;
uovbr,Heber, N-e-I V k ! *
The Nevada Democrat is an honest and honorable
paper—which we take the greater pleasure in saying,
because its opinions on the great topic of the present
time are altogether at variance with ours. Of the revo
lution the Democrat says:
“Unfortunately, we think, a majority of our Demo
cratic friends have allowed themselves to be carried
away by the excitement of the hour, while on the other
hand many identified with other parties have calculated
the evils and consequences of disorder, and have refused
to give their support to those who set the authorities
at defiance. We do not believe that the Vigilance Com
mittee and its objects arc political. It has been defended
upon grounds higher than these, and though we cannot
assent to the correction which they apply to admitted
evils, we cannot bring ourselves to think they are actua
ted by purposes so despicable.”
The Bulletin is after Scunnel with tremendous fury,
charging him, point blank, with having kept a gambling
hell called the “Osceola House,” where unsuspecting
pigeons were plucked. The Bulletin says Scantiel had
to keep his old associates quiet by giving them some
petty office, aud when he became a little stubborn they
brought him to terms by sayiug “come, toll down
David, or we shall blow !”
If these charges are untrue Scannel should prosecute
for libel aud disprove them; if they are true he should
not be permitted to disgrace the office longer.
A Significant Fact.— -There is uot one man of edu
cation,” says the State Journal, ‘ or one who has made
his mark as a great man, who is a member of the Vigi
lance Committee. Every man of intelligence is a friend
of law and order. Cannot the people foresee what must
happen ?”
No! They could not foresee what happened in the
Journal office last The Journal has made its
mark at hist, must render it immensely popular
about boarding schools and nurseries!
CoMrL\xiKNTS.—The editor of the Louisville Demo
crat recently had a pitcher presented him by his friends.
S peaking of the fact the Journal says; “The editor of
the Democrat is sometimes both pitcher and tumbler
himself.”
The Democrat says something about Prentice hav
ing saved the Democrat office from the flames on
“Bloody Monday.” Prentice replies: “If we saved
the office of the Democrat, from the fames, we don’t
think we shall be able to save tbc editor from that fate;
we shall have the devil, himself, fighting against us
there—with all the advantages on his side I”
Alexander Bell, one of the State Prison Directors,
proposes to resign his office leaving it “in the hands of
men better schooled in villainy than himself.” There
are a number of people down there with the requisite
education; the appointment should be made before the
emigration goes too far, or the office may be incum
bered with ao honest man.
Beautiful.— ln a description of a winter scene
among the settlers of Sierra Valley “Alice” makes the
following beautiful and appropos quotation:
“oh, heavens! ’tisa fearful thing,
Beneath the tempest’s beating whig,
, To struggle on like stricken’d deer,
When swoops the monarch-bird of airj
To breast the loud wind’s fitful spasm,
“ i'o brave tbc cloud and shun the chasm,
Like some poor pelted shallop’s sail,
Between the ocean and the gale.”
Doesn’t that tell the whole story ?
A new Telegraph office, on the Alta lane, has been
opened at San Joan, Nevada County.
San Juan Correspondence.
Editor Citizen : As San Juau is making rapid
strides in improvement, and bids fair to become of con*
siderable importance as a mining locality, I pen yon a
few hasty lines, that you may know how matters and
things are progressing in this part of the mountains.
It is not necessary for me to describe the locality of
this city to yon, as you are already aware of its where
alwuts; but if any of your readers are ignorant of its
locality, (and I suppose a great many of them are,) let
them lake the stage from Campionvillc to Nevada, and
the first city they stop at after leaving Camptonvillc,
that is far ahead of it in improvement and city-like ap
pearance, let them set it down as San Juan, and they
will not miss it much. This is the only way I know of
for them to find out anything about it, os very little
mention is made of it in of the uny papers, and it is al
most large enough to support a paper itself.
San Juan has the advantage of the majority of mining
towns, as there is sufficient water to supply all demands
the year round. The Yuba Ditch has been completed
sofas two weeks, ard the water from the Uiddlo Vbba
is now wending its way over the mountains to this
place, furnishing about 2,000 inches of water. Though,
like all other new ditches, it is considerable trouble and
expense, us it has broken several timet, and will con
tinue to do so untirtt becomes settled, which will bt
but a short time.
The miners here are doing a good business, at least
those who have their claims well opened ; and those who
have been waiting for water are now “pitching in,” and
in a few months will have their claims opened, and then
you will hear of lively times down this way, I be
lieve the Eureka Tunnel Co. have the largest amount of
ground, and their tunnel is farthest advanced to com
pletion, of any company on the hill. This is an enter
prising company, and they arc pushing ahead night and
day. The rock in their tunnel has changed appearances,
and it is thought for the better, and the company are
anxiously awaiting its completion, when they expect to
reap a rich reward for their labor and enterprise.
The merchants here are doing a heavy business.—
Goods are retailing hero at a small advance above Sac
ramento and Marysville prices. Stores and dwellings
are springing up, families are moving in, and it begin*
to assume a home-liko appearance here. Those who
have families have abandoned the idea of gathering
a few liandsful of dust and vamosing for tho States,
or “some other sea port,” to spend it, as some think,
to better advantage, but are acting the wiser pari by
settling down and spending their means in erecting
cottages in the golden land and balmy atmosphere of
California.
There is a brick yard in successful operation near
this place, and many brick buildings will be erected os
soon as the bricks are ready.
Politics are ebbing here. At present," Vigilance” and
“A nth Vigilance" are the distinguishing appellations,
though the Vigilance hare a large majority. However,
there--vre a fc» bciw,whp pretend t«i uphold Jaw-and
order, the majority of whom never advocated the prin
ciples of law-andorder before, and think this the only
opportunity they will ever have of patting their names
to that list; but their names will be all—their princi •
pies will remain the same.
<4 liucrctla.»
It lias been said that the blood of the murdered
King has been more prolific of disaster than the blood
of Lacretia. Let us briefly relate her history, and see
how near the parallel:
Lucrktia, a Roman woman of great beauty, was
ravished by Sextus Tarquinius. Colatinus, her bus*
band, and Lucretius, her father, returned from camp,
accompanied by Brutus, and found Lucrctia silting on
her bod weeping bitterly. Relating what had hap
pened, she asked tbo pledge of their right bands that
they would avenge her wrongs, and then, drawing a
knife from under her robe, she stabbed herself to the
heart and died.
Brutus, snatching the weapon from the wound, held
it up, and swore by the chaste and noble blood that
stained it, that he would pursue, to the utmost, Tar
quinius and all his accursed race, lie then gave the
bloody knife to the husband and father, and called on
them to take the same oath. Then carrying the body
of Lncretia to the market place, Brutus addressed the
people and aroused them to vengeance: part remained
to guard the town and part went to Rome.—
Their coming raised a tumult. Brutus, availing
himself of his rank and authority, summoned the people
to the Forum, related the suicide which the villainy of
Tarquinius had caused, and finally, so wrought on the
feelings of the people, that they passed a decree abol
ishing the kingly power, and banishing forever Sextus
Tarquinius, his wife and children.
“Persecution” — Muzzling the Press! —Two sub
scribers—both dead-heads —have ordered their paper
stopped because of its treasonable tendencies. This
rather “knocks us !” The idea of a dead-head, who
might be put through a quartx-mill without getting
color, formally stopping his paper ! Heviogs !
Now. we should like to ask our cotemporaries if this
aint persecution and muzzling the press? and, also,
what course they would pursue under similar afflicting
cirtumstauces ?
The City authorities of New York, have stationed
men with placards in front of the gambling houses,
with this inscription: “Gambling bells in here.”
William Cole was arrested at Sau Joan, on tha
22d, inst. on bis confession of having murdered Dutch
Fred, near French Corral. He attempted to commit
suicide.
Judge Murray baa gone to Carson Valley to look
up a silver mine; or else to escape' the suffocating heat
of the climate below.
Latest Opinion op juk Supreme Court. —That Car
son Valley is a fine country, and that the climate of
San Francisco is almost enough to strangle one.
Fanny Fern’s next issue is expected to make mort
noise in the world than her last.— N. Y. Mirror.
Theodore Parksr says of the Granite State, “It is
the land of poor relations and cheap tomb-stones."
JounG. Percival.— The poet died at Hazel Green „
Illinois, on the 16, of May,
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