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[38] mountain ranges stood within the boundaries of his estate. With an exception here and there, these tracts have passed into the stranger's hands.

Springing from an ancient root, claiming an ancestry all knights and nobles, Mariano took to arms as soon as he could ride a horse and wield a sword. Joining a troop of rangers, he was soon a man of note. Like all his neighbours who have lived near Indian wigwams, le was light of love, and hardly cared whether his divinity was dark or fair; but he was made for better things than dawdling after squaws and sefioritas. Fond of work, he spent the time in study which his brethren spent in gaming-booths and tavern dens. He grew to be a famous rider and a still more famous shot. At twenty he has won his captain's grade, from which time he has his part in every row, and got a grade by every change. One year he helped the radicals to harass Spain; next year he helped the Jesuits to upset those radicals. When the bishop of Monterey denounced the new republic, Mariano, Catholic first, Mexican afterwards, followed his pastor into civil war. Captured by the enemy, who put him into handcuffs, he was so indignant that he

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