day took up with squaws, and left a progeny of halfbreeds in their homesteads.”
“ Custom of the country?”
“Yes, an Indian custom ; but the Whites fell into it very soon, and keep it up with an amazing spirit.”
“Still keep it up?”
“Yes, keep it up. The practice of selling young Indian girls to White
men is still so common, that in some adjoining counties a Red man cannot get a squaw.”
From Santa Barbara
to San Juan
, from Santa Clara
to San Francisco
, things were much the same as in the mountains; like causes producing everywhere like effects.
Living in a savage waste, surrounded by native tribes, the Franciscan fathers were obliged to lodge some soldiers at each Mission-house, as a protection to their persons and properties.
These men were fair of face and strong of limb.
The squaws looked kindly on them; and the lax moralities of an Indian lodge, where wedlock is unknown, permitted freedoms and alliances which ended in a new race of Hybrids being brought into the world.