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e took our back track as far as the Napa, and then turned to Benicia, on Carquinez Straits.
We found there a solitary adobe-house, occupied by Mr. Hastings and his family, embracing Dr. Semple, the proprietor of the ferry.
This ferry was a ship's-boat, with a latteen-sail, which could carry across at one tide six or eight horses.
It took us several days to cross over, and during that time we got well acquainted with the doctor, who was quite a character.
He had come to California from Illinois, and was brother to Senator Semple.
Tie was about seven feet high, and very intelligent.
When we first reached Monterey, he had a printing-press, which belonged to the United States, having been captured at the custom-house, and had been used to print customhouse blanks.
With this Dr. Semple, as editor, published the Californian, a small sheet of news, once a week; and it was a curiosity in its line, using two v‘s for a w, and other combinations of letters, made necessary by want of type