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Chapter 12: Catholic missions.

“with fifty thousand dollars,” the bandit said at San Jose, “ I could have raised an army, driven out the English settlers, and cleared the southern counties of California from Santa Clara to San Diego.”

Men less heated than the prisoner think that if Vasquez had been cursed with as much genius for affairs as Castro and Alvaredo, he might have caused a civil war and cost the State much blood and coin.

These persons judge by what is going on in Mexico, a country very much like California, being occupied by half-breeds, with a sprinkle here and there of such dons and caballeros as we .find in the streets and billiard-rooms of Monterey. Over the border, nothing is easier than for a man like Vasquez to provoke a riot, desecrate a church, expel a governor; but a rise of rustics, at the call of men devoid of

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