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Within the dusty orchards the apple and pear branches are supported, that they won't holiday down lower than the load of fruit; melons, tomatoes, and squashes of immense measurement lie nearly unheeded at the flooring; fats farm animals, gorged nearly to repletion color themselves below the oaks; brilliant ‘red’ horses shine, now not with grooming, yet with situation; and thriving farms all over express on what an exceptional foundation the prosperity of the ‘Golden nation’ is based. Very uninviting, in spite of the fact that wealthy, used to be the blazing Sacramento Valley, and intensely repulsive the town of Sacramento, which, at a distance of one hundred twenty five miles from the Pacific, has an elevation of simply thirty ft. The mercury stood at 103° within the coloration, and the advantageous white airborne dirt and dust was once stifling. within the past due afternoon we begun the ascent of the Sierras, whose saw-like issues have been in sight for lots of miles. The dusty fertility was once all left in the back of, the rustic turned rocky and gravelly, and deeply scored by means of streams bearing the muddy wash of the mountain gold-mines all the way down to the muddier Sacramento. there have been lengthy damaged ridges and deep ravines, the ridges changing into longer, the ravines deeper, the pines thicker and bigger, as we ascended right into a cool surroundings of beautiful purity, and sooner than six P. M. the final lines of cultivation and the final hardwood timber have been left in the back of. At Colfax, a station at a peak of 2400 ft, I acquired out and walked the size of the teach. First got here nice gaudy engines, the Grizzly endure and the White Fox, with their respective tenders loaded with logs of wooden, the engines with nice, solitary, reflecting lamps in entrance above the cow-guards, a volume of polished brass-work, cozy glass homes, and well-stuffed seats for the engine-drivers. The engines and tenders have been succeeded by way of a baggage-car, a mail-car, and Wells, Fargo, and Co. ’s express-car, the latter loaded with bullion and worthwhile parcels, and accountable for ‘express brokers. ’ every one of those vehicles is forty-five ft lengthy. Then got here vehicles loaded with peaches and grapes; then ‘silver palace’ vehicles, every one sixty ft lengthy; then a smoking-car, at the moment occupied usually via Chinamen; after which 5 traditional passenger-cars, with structures like several the others, making altogether a teach approximately seven-hundred ft in size. The systems of the 4 entrance automobiles have been clustered over with Digger Indians, with their squaws, teenagers, and kit. they're ideal savages, with none flair for even aboriginal civilisation, and are altogether the main degraded of the ill-fated tribes that are death out earlier than the white races. They have been all very diminutive, 5 toes one inch being, I should still imagine, in regards to the common peak, with flat noses, broad mouths, and black hair, reduce directly above the eyes and striking lank and lengthy on the again and facets. The squaws wore their hair thickly plastered with pitch, and a extensive band of an analogous throughout their noses and cheeks. They carried their babies on their backs, strapped to forums. The garments of either sexes was once a ragged, soiled mix of coarse woollen fabric and conceal, the moccasins being unornamented.

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