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““ [49] years, and you are positively the first person named Mister, whom I have had the pleasure to put across.” On that date I commissioned myself as Colonel Brown. Come, Colonel, bet you don't beat this place in the old country, nohow?”

Yet Salinas is an English town.

Captain Sherwood, an officer in the English army, who had served in the Crimea, came to California with a sum of money to be spent in buying real estate. He bought a cattle-run in Salinas Valley, getting the title from one of the unthrifty natives for a song. Major Bucknall, tempted by a chance of shooting bear and snaring snipe and duck, came down to see his comrade. Sport being good, the Major stayed. One day, while musing at the water-side, a notion flashed into the sportsman's brain. Wanting a hut, in which to keep his gun and cook his bird, the Major said to himself: “Why not myself build a house? A few logs, a hammer, a bag of nails, and the thing is done. Nothing easier. But let me see. A house-why not a town?” At night he spoke to Sherwood-“ Let us build a city on the lake.” Thinking of his cattle-run, the Captain smiled. A city for whom? What wretch would

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