No one can say whether the Vallejo family-of which Don Mariano
is the head-derive their line from Hercules
or only from Caesar
Nothing in the way of long descent would be surprising in Don Mariano
; even though his race ran up to Adam
, like the pedigree made out by heralds for his countryman Charles the Fifth. “ You ask about the history of California
,” he remarks; “my biography is the history of California
In one sense he is right.
's story is that of nearly every Mexican
In olden times (now thirty years ago!) he was the largest holder of land in California
Besides his place at Monterey
, the family-seat, he owned a sheep-run on San Benito River
, an estate sixty miles long in San Joaquin Valley
, a whole county on San Pablo Bay
, and many smaller tracts in other parts.