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[111] character and position, is not easy in a land of settled farms, wedded by railway lines and telegraph wires to strong and populous towns. In California such rustics would be trampled in the dust and scattered to the winds. A fire will lick up straw hutches that would hardly leave a mark on granite walls.

No rising of these Half-breeds, as they now begin to see, can shake the solid structure of American rule. If the Mexicans, either pure or mixed, are to keep alive their name and faith in presence of the British races, they must seek support in Catholic colleges like Santa Clara, not in brigand camps near San Benito Peak.

Two miles north of San Jose peep out the capulas and spires of Santa Clara; once a seat of the Franciscan friars, a centre of the Catholic missions; now, according to the change of times, the site of a Jesuit college, and a source of Catholic teaching for the whole Pacific slope.

Lying in the midst of oak and cedar, glancing over sparkling waves, sheltered in the arms of lofty hills, Santa Clara has a charm of scenery and situation to attract the eyes of any one who, having made

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