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By L. H. S. B.
She was the pride of Monte Flat, In Jier quaint fashioned dress; I'm sure the girls of later times No finer charms possess/ Not every day we chance to meet A face more sweet and fair, Such shapely hands, .such brilliant cheeks, Such dark abundant hair; „ As proud was she as jeweled maid Or dame of high degree, For. she was pure Sierra gold — The belle of '53. When she appeared on Sunday morn In her bewitching gown • 4 Us fellows" would be lined along The leading street in town. , A smile or nod upon each one She wisely would confer; ' We seemed so handy with our guns — The jealous fools we were. Then we would follow her to church And very pious be; for her, we'd fill the parson's hat— The belle of '53. The trick is old, and I'll not tell Just how I jumped the claim; ; The boys gave in most gallantly And saw her change her name. And she was dressed appropriate, % Guests came from near and far; They staged it in from Shirt Tail camp, Hangtown and Grizzly Bar. Their gifts were nuggets, newly mined;, 'Twas all they had, you see, » To shower upon her— "just for luck— The bride of 's3. The pioneers of forty-nine. They come to see her still, She welcomes them so warmly to Our home on Villa Hill. She listens to their old time yarns," And lets them have their ways ; - , If they would fill a glass to her ; As in thegoodold days, v* And when we stake out heaven's claims, Where "many mansions" be, They'll doff their crowns to honor her— The belle of '53. i V- BETTY A BELLE OF '53 The '\u25a0 San Francisco Sunday Call