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William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1, Chapter 3: strangers in the land. (search)
en, and the man is thought a decent wooer who comes with money in his pocket to an Indian lodge. No Rumsen or Tularenos ever gave away his squaw for love. He sold her as he sold a buffalo hide or catamount skin. Fray Junipero tried to stop this sale of girls, but his successors winked at customs which they had no means of putting down. Castro and Alvaredo hoped to crush this traffic, but their secular energies were worsted in the vain attempt. Neither Liberal Mexico nor Independent California was equal to the task of wrestling with this evil. Indians sold their children to Spanish dons and Mexican caballeros, just as Georgians and Circassians sold their girls to Greek skippers and Turkish pashas. Even under the Stars and Stripes, and in a region governed by American law, the trade goes on; less openly and briskly than in olden times; but still the Red man's daughters are bought and sold, even in the neighbourhood of American courts. It is a custom of the country, which, li
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1, Chapter 5: Don Mariano. (search)
y 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 isCalifornia. In one sense he is right. Don Mariano's story is that of nearly every Mexican of rank. In olden times (now thirty years ago!) he was the largest holder of land in California. BesideCalifornia. 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,he hour of his success the most critical of his life. What should he do with California? She could not stand alone. Four countries had some claim to her-Spain, Engs his heart to men of character and rank. His power is felt in every part of California, and Solano county, where he chiefly lives, is safer both for property and li, he has been badly used by the United States. Wishing to see the capital of California built on his estate, he founded a new city on San Pablo Bay, which he called
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1, Chapter 6: White conquerors. (search)
s 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 life suited me, and after a spell at the diggings, I returned to the runs as partner with my late master, and remained with him three or four years. A man from California gave me the notion of settling here, and I came over with some money and more experience. I stayed in San Francisco five or six weeks, looking round, and feeli! the dear old dad will stare when I tell him he sent me out with sixpence, and I ask him to come and see what I have bought with his sixpence-a little place in California, about the size of County Linlithgow! The lands all round Salinas are in English and American hands. Jackson, one of the first arrivals in San Francisco; He
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1, Chapter 7: Hybrids. (search)
table race. White female faces are not often seen in the southern parts of California; thirty years since they were never seen outside a military post. The Spanianverted and preserved. Except the friars, no man had a right to hold land in California. Except the soldiers, sent to guard these friars and execute their orders, no man had a right of domicile in California. Civil laws and civil magistrates were unknown. California was treated as a Holy State, a paradise of monks, a patrimonyCalifornia was treated as a Holy State, a paradise of monks, a patrimony of the Church. This clerical policy had always been supported by the king and council in Madrid. A pope had given California to Spain, and Spain was eager to restoCalifornia to Spain, and Spain was eager to restore it to the church. Yet how were veterans, grown grey in service on a distant shore, to leave their children, dear though dusky, to the chances of a savage life? Fter, they rallied to the Single Star, and after causing the young republic of California much annoyance, they rallied to the Stars and Stripes. This treachery brou
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1, Chapter 8: brigands. (search)
Chapter 8: brigands. IX California, as in Greece and Italy, brigands are the privateers of public wrongs, or what the peasants call their public wrongs. A brigem a ready market and a safe retreat. From Soto to Vasquez, every brigand in California has found his base of operations in Mexico. Los Angeles county is a mounta A lovely climate, a prolific soil, drew other settlers from the North. If California is the garden of America, Los Angeles county is the paradise of California. California. Woods and pastures have been sold by the unthrifty natives; woods uncut, pastures ungrazed; and the purchase money of these woods and pastures has been spent on cardsses lived; another day he smoked his cigarette in San Quentin, the Newgate of California. Once he broke that prison; a daring and successful feat, one of the many lequez, women swear by Vasquez, lads aspire to rival Vasquez. Every hybrid in California would be Vasquez if he had the talent and the mettle. Lives of Vasquez, Adve
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1, Chapter 9: Capitan Vasquez. (search)
er lads about Los Felix, preferring theft to labour, gathered at his heels and made him captain of their gang. Hating the whites as only the sons of white men and dark women do, these youngsters called themselves patriots, and talked of making California too hot for such pale devils to endure. They stopped a mail and stripped the passengers of watches, rings, and coin. A something new to the settlers in the method of this robbery made the name of Vasquez known in every ranch and mine in CalifCalifornia. Dashing at the stage, he bade the passengers alight, sit down in a row some feet apart, and cross their feet and wrists. One fellow made a noise. I shot him in the leg, says Vasquez, not to hurt him, but to keep up discipline. Taking from his belts some leather thongs, Vasquez tied each pair of feet and wrists, and having robbed his captives, rolled them on their backs and put blankets on their faces while he rifled the stage. He then galloped to the hills, leaving his prisoners tie
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1, Chapter 10: brigand life. (search)
ind, I'll take them both. Good-bye! Unable to ride the brigand down, Rowland, acting on Leiva's hints, affected to renounce the chase. Vasquez believed the storm gone by. His scouts were near the sheriff of Los Angeles day and night, and finding that he sat in his office, carelessly smoking his cigar, and chatting lazily with anyone who called, the scouts imagined that Sheriff Rowland had given up the game, and that the mystery of Tres Pinos, like so many other mysteries of crime in California, was a thing of the past. Ten miles from Los Angeles, at the foot of a ridge of hills, stands the lonely ranch belonging to Greek George-Jorge el Griego — which Vasquez made his lair. Windows command the two approaches to his house. A look-out sweeps his line of road. A dozen trails, unknown to strangers, lead into the hills, in which are many clumps and caves. It is a station to defy surprise. Greek George was in Los Angeles, watching the Sheriffs movements, and reporting to his c
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1, Chapter 11: love and death. (search)
ons they determined and in their verdict declared you unworthy to live. Of that verdict there can be but one opinion — that of unqualified approval. Upon this verdict the law declares the judgment, and speaking through the Court, awards the doom — a penalty commensurate with the crime of which you stand convicted, and therein merited by the threefold murder that stains your hands. The judgment is-death. That you be taken hence and securely kept by the sheriff of Santa Clara county until Friday, the 19th day of March, 1875. That upon that day, between the hours of nine o'clock in the morning and four in the afternoon, you be by him hanged by the neck until you are dead. And may God have mercy on your soul. He was taken out and hung accordingly. An attempt at rescue was expected; but the White citizens were ready; the lower classes saw that the case was desperate; and on Friday, March 19, Capitan Vasquez, the most famous brigand in California, dangled from a tree in San Jo
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1, Chapter 12: Catholic missions. (search)
n army, driven out the English settlers, and cleared the southern counties of California from Santa Clara to San Diego. Men less heated than the prisoner think tha These persons judge by what is going on in Mexico, a country very much like California, being occupied by half-breeds, with a sprinkle here and there of such dons awedded by railway lines and telegraph wires to strong and populous towns. In California such rustics would be trampled in the dust and scattered to the winds. A firr many flags, he has been a thrall of Spain, a citizen of Mexico, a vassal of California, an outcast of the United States. To him these changes have been like an evi The brethren of St. Francis failed to establish a sacred Commonwealth in Upper California, and their work has passed into other and stronger hands. They failed, asks and herds which they reared under the friars have disappeared. In northern California, beyond the mission limits, there are two more agencies; one agency in H
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1, Chapter 13: the Jesuits. (search)
e courts of London and Berlin, Paris and Rome. He need to have his eyes and. ears alive. A great and arduous labour lies before him and the other Jesuits in California, for their Church has lost her ancient empire on the coast, and they are cnarged with a commission to restore that empire to the Papal chair. When I first we arm ourselves with books instead of relics. We believe in books. Twelve thousand volumes weight his shelves; a library which has only three superiors in California; the Odd Fellows library, the Mercantile library, and the State library. Some of these books are rare old tomes, but many of them are lexicons, translations, abrid pupils through the sense of sight. It is their wisdom to be popular. A Jesuit planted the first vine in Santa Clara, a Jesuit pressed the first grapes in California. Mission grapes bring high prices in the market, and Mission wine is still a favourite of the table. Jesuits are pleased to hear the merit of these feats ascr
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