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[162] pounds. In seven months the poor man had become a man of means; enriched by one of those strokes of fortune that a gambler loves even more than he loves minted gold.

Such cases are not rare, yet, as a whole, the gainers by these great financial fevers are the citizens who own mines. Five or six magnates of finance in San Francisco are said to have got one-third of those fifty million dollars under lock and key.

“Our fortunes kill us,” says a sage at the Pacific Club. “A slower rate of growth would suit us better; giving us more time to strike our roots. Not that our progress is what people think — a wonder of the earth. Considering what advantages we boast of soil and climate, mines and harbours, our advance is slow. Yes, slow. We are not overtaking Chicago and St. Louis, still less Philadelphia and New York. Still we have shot ahead beyond our strength, and suffer from the fevers and languors of a youth who grows too fast. Our railroad gave us fits. You smile! The fact is so. No sooner were the first cars seen in Oakland, than a rage of speculation broke along the Bay. The world, we thought, was coming to our coasts. Where would the people live ? Why ”

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