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ange-blossoms and fruit abound in mid- valleys filled with the aroma of a royal winter. In wonderful contrast you shall fruitage, the serene sky, and the rhythm see, far up the heights of the Sierra, the of the great sea, all made audible signs snow-plant blossoming amid sterility and to write. They have written, out of a eternal snow. The OVERLAND has been fresh new life. the one consummate flower of our bet. In the streets of Herculaneum you ter intellectual life and thought. Its fit may see the ruts made more than two test symbols are the snow-plant and the thousand years ago. The grooves of orange - blossom, which so nearly com- society are often narrow and rigid with pass all the zones, and are yet in some the fixedness of centuries. It may be special sense our own.
better, by way of change, to propel a No one has sought to live here exclu- velocipede on a fresh track than to run sively by authorship. It has only been four gilded wheels in the dead grooves the incidental occupation of most per- which have been cut by the attrition of sons, who have written out of the full- ages. After one has known the satiety ness of their own lives. If they heard which comes from the mild gabble of no mysterious voice saying unto them, society, there is a wonderful freshness in “Write !” the great mountains encamp- a war-whoop uttered in the depths of the ed about like sleeping dromedaries, the wilderness !
Glimpses of Spirit Land....... .Samuel H. Lloyd. Going to Jericho.
..John F. Swift. A Treatise on Earthquake Dangers..T. Rowlandson. Robert Greathouse..
..John F. Swift. History of San José..... Frederic Hall. Chandos Picture..
Edward Pollock, Vagabond Adventures.. .Ralph Keeler. Poets of the Pacific..
May Wentworth." Gloverson, and his Silent Partners.... Ralph Keeler. International Law.
.H. W. Halleck. Sketch of Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino
...H. W. Halleck. Counties. ..C.A. Menefee. Checkered Life..
..J. L. Ver Mehr. Montalban... Mrs. R. Pacheco. Life of Samuel Adams.
William V. Wells, Things to Think Of..
...H. A. Sawtelle. Central Idea of Christianity. ..Jesse T. Peck. Secrets of the Sanctum. A. F. Hill. Poems.....
John R. Ridge. Gems from the Tailings.. Samuel W. Smith, No Baby in the House.... ..Clara G. Dolliver. Six Years of a Book Agent... Mrs. J. W. Likins. Unnoticed Things of Scripture.. Wm. Ingraham Kip. Reply to Bishop Colenso's Attack on the
History of Missions.... Wm, Ingraham Kip. Pentateuch...
..........J. L. Stone. California Geological Survey........J. D. Whitney. Preparations of the Earth...........C. F. Winslow, Mountaineering in the Sierra........Clarence King. Little Shells from Many Shores.......Mrs. Hopkins. Leah's Confession
Mrs. C. Stevens. Explorers', Miners', and Metallurgists' Com
..Carrie Carlton, panion.... ...J. S. Phillips. Belles-Lettres.....
.A. Layres. John Guilderstring's Sin.... ...C. French Richards, The Elements of Composition..
.A. Layres. Mining in the Pacific States.........
..John S. Hittell,
W. W. Ferris. Practical Treatise on the Chemistry of Gold,
Silver and Gold Extraction........... Guido Kustel. Silver, Quicksilver, and Lead.... Edward Pique. Scenes of Wonder and Curiosity in CaliforJumping Frog of Calaveras.........“ Mark Twain," nia....
...J. M. Hutchings. Reindeer, Dogs, and Snow-shoes........R. J. Bush. Yosemite Guide-book
..J. M. Hutchings. Goethe's Faust....... Theodore H. Hittell, Trade and Letters
W. A. Scott. The California Hundred. ..J. H. Rodgers. The Wedge of Gold
W. A. Scott. Poetical and Prose Writings.... James Linen. The Giant Judge......
W. A. Scott. Saint Twel'mo....... ..C.H. Webb. Esther....
W. A, Scott. Personal Adventures in Upper and Lower
The Church in the Army.
W, A. Scott. California..... William R. Ryan. "The Bible and Politics..
W. A. Scott. The Golden State... .R. Guy McClellan. Guide to Yosemite.....
.J. D. Whitney. Confucius and Chinese Classics...... A. W. Loomis. Who would have Thought It? ...... Mrs. Burton, In Bonds...
" Laura Preston."
"May Wentworth." Aldeane......
“ Laura Preston.
May Wentworth." The Greek Slave....
....." Ianthe." Youth's History of California....." Laura Preston.” Annals of San Francisco....
Frank Soulé. A Boy's Trip Across the Plains...."Laura Preston." Wines and Wine-making in California.
The Resources of California... ..John S. Hittell. Agoston Haraszthy. History of Culture...
..John S. Hittell.
It is this large acquaintance with nat- of “The Sierra,” of “Arizona,” of “The ure--this lying down with the mountains Ship in the Desert." And Harte comes until one is taken into their confidence- back again to his miners' camp, and to a grim fellowship with untamed savage- the larger liberty of the mountains. And ness-that may give a new vitality, and there fell on Starr King a grander inenlarge the horizon of intellectual life. spiration after he had seen the white Whence comes this man with his new banners of the snow-storm floating from poetry, which confounds the critics ? and the battlements of Yosemite. that man with his subtile wit borrow- We have brought forth nothing out of ed from no school? I pray you note our poverty, but rather out of an affluthat for many a day his carpet hath ence which could not be wholly restrainbeen the spicula of pine, and his atmos- ed. As a gardener clips his choicest phere hath been perfumed by the fir- shrubs, casting the tangled riotousness tree. He has seen the mountains clad of bud and blossom over the wall, so in beatific raiment of white, and their there are many here who have only “sacristy set round with stars." He will trimmed a little what they have planted never go so far that he will not come in their own gardens of poetry and ficback to sing and talk of these, his ear- tion. liest and divinest loves. So Miller sings The little that has been done here in
Natural Wealth of California.........T. F. Cronise. Men and Memories of San Francisco..Barry & Paten.
Oscar T. Shuck. Life Among the Apaches..... ...John C. Cremony. Life and Adventures of Jas. Marshall..G. F. Parsoas, Path of a Protestant Lawyer to the Catholic
California Academy of Sciences-5 vols.
W. T. Welcker. The Hermitage, and other Poems........E. R. Sill. Diseases of the Heart.
David Wooster, Our Sister Republic.... Albert S. Evans. Manual of Phonetic Short-hand.
...A.J. Marsh A la California....
Albert S. Evans, The Law of Judgments..... A. C. Freeman, California Pilgrim....
..J. A, Benton. Cotenancy and Partition..... ..A.C. Freeman. Sermons..
.Charles Wadsworth. Native Races of the Pacific States—5 vols, The Luck of Roaring Camp.. .......... Bret Harte.
Hubert H. Bancroit. The Lost Galleon...... ...Bret Harte. Sulphurets......
William Barstos. Poems.....
..Bret Harte, Browne on Insanity...............J. H. B. Browne. Outcroppings.....
Bret Harte. Desty's Federal Procedure.......... Robert Desty, Condensed Novels..
. Bret Harte. Sharpstein's Life Insurance........J. R. Sharpstein. California Indians. ..Stephen Powers, Wine Culture in California,
.Henry Gibbons Muskingum Legends .
.. Stephen Powers. Teachings of the Ages... Mrs. H. K. W. Clarke. Manual of American Ideas Caspar T. Hopkins, Mystery..
E, R, Sproul. The Resurrection.. .D. A. Dryden. A Journal of Army Life
.R. Glia. The Birds of Mexico................A.J. Grayson. Poems......
.. Edward Isaac Dobson. Inglenook.....
..... Carrie Carleton.
. J. R. Prerost. Phoebe Travers... ."Aunt Florida." Grape Culture.
.T. Hart Hyatt The Oatman Children.. Mr. Stratton. Bee Culture..
. Theodore H. Harbison. Chips of the Old Block.. ......A. Delano. Silver Shimmer.
... William D. Crabb. Republicanism in America.. .R. Guy McClellan. Legal Titles to Mining Claims and Water Ben Nebo Hector A. Stuart. Rights in California....
Gregory Vale. Onward
A. W. Patterson. Distillation, Brewing, and Malting... J. McCulloch. Songs of the Sierra.
..Joaquin Miller. Chinese and English Phrase-book...Benoni Lanctot. Songs of the Sunland..
..Joaquin Miller, Russian and English Phrase-book..A. Hoocharenka. Life Among the Modocs.
Joaquin Miller. Fairy Tales from Gold Land...." May Wentworth." Pacific Poems....
..Joaquin Miller. Overland Monthly-15 vols. Marine Mammals of the North-western Coast
Harte, Bartlett, Avery, and Fisher. of North America.
..C. M. Scammon. Patrons of Husbandry of the Pacific Coast. E. S. Car. Ars Oratorio.... .Martin Kellogg. Life of James Capen Adams....
Hittel Science and Religion... Joseph Le Conte. The Pacific Law Encyclopedia.......J. F. Corders, The Golden State...... ...John J. Powell. Semi-tropical California...........
Ben. C. Trumas
art is rather a sign of better things to sometimes meet on the same street
Art must not only have inspira- the red shirt of the Italian fisherman, tion, but it needs wealth and the society and the lateen sail which sends his boat of a ripe community for its best estate. flying over the water. The very distressIt is possible to paint for immortality in es and distraints of men here have made a garret. But a great deal of work done them picturesque. I have seen a valethere has gone to the lumber-room. Not dictorian of a leading college deep down only must there be the fostering spirit of in a gravel-mine, directing his hydraulic wealth and letters, but art also needs a pipe against the bank. Clad in a gray picturesque world without- the grand shirt and slouch-hat, he was a far better estate of mountains and valleys, atmos- subject for a painter than on the day he pheres, tones, lights, shadows-and if took his degree. The native Californian there be a picturesque people, we might on horseback, with poncho, sombrero, and look for a new school of art, and even leggings, is a good subject for the canvas, famous painters. Where a poet can be as well as the quaint old church where inspired, there look also for the poetry he worships, so rich in its very ruins. which is put on canvas.
Moreover, the whole physical aspect of In one respect our modern civilization the country is wonderfully picturesque. is nearly fatal to art. Philip Hamer- The palm - tree lifting up its fronded ton says that “a noble artist will gladly head in the desert, the great fir-tree set paint a peasant driving a yoke of oxen; against the ineffable azure of the heavbut not a commercial traveler in his gig. ens, the vine - clad hills, the serrated ... Men and women have a fatal liberty mountains which the frosts have canonwhich mountains have not. They have ized with their sealed and unsealed fountthe liberty of spoiling themselves, of ains, and all the gold and purple which making themselves ugly, and mean, and touch the hills at even - tide — these are ridiculous. A mountain can not dress in the full rich ministries of nature. It may bad taste, neither is it capable of de. take art a thousand years to ripen even grading itself by vice. Noble human here. For how many ages had the long life in a great and earnest age is bet- procession of painters come and gone ter artistic material than wild nature; before Raphael and Michael Angelo apbut human life in an age like ours is peared ? not."
Our little art-school will some day If a great artist were asked to paint have its treasures; and there will be a fashionable woman in the prevailing hung on these walls the portraits of oth-. stringent costume, do not blame him if er men whose culture and influence will he faints away.
There will never get be worth more than all the gold of the into a really great painting any of the mountains. Let the artist set up his stiff and constrained costumes of our easel and write his silent poem upon the time. Observe that the sculptor rarely canvas. Welcome all influences which cuts the statue of a modern statesman soften this hard and barren materialism. without the accessories of some flowing Before the mountains were unvexed by and graceful attire. He can not sculpture the miner's drill the land itself was a a modern dress-suit without feeling that poem and a picture. One day the turhe has offered an affront to art.
bid streams will turn to crystal again, But in spite of our civilization we have and the only miner will be the living a great deal that is picturesque among glacier sitting on its white throne of the people – the Parsee, Mohammedan, judgment and grinding the very mountMalay, and Mongol, whom one may ains to powder. Fortunate they who
can catch this wealth of inspiration. The day is surely coming here when Welcome all poets, whether they sing the fellowship of poet, artist, author, and as Harte or Stoddard, as Coolbrith, Sill, teacher shall be rated above all vulgar or Soulé. And welcome all painters, wealth. . Of the poem and the picture whether they paint as Rosenthal or Hill, half- unwrought and the problem halfas Keith, Brookes, Hahn, Tojetti. unsolved, some student here to-day may These are the ministers and prophets speak when he comes a quarter of a whose larger and finer interpretation of century hence, with frosted head, to tell nature are part of the treasures of the what better intellectual fruitage there new commonwealth.
may be in the land.
EL CABALLO DE MI QUERIDO-SANTA CRUZ.*
O, steed that stole the fawn's soft hue,
Grace guides thy every pace, O steed!
I breathe my prayer again aloud :
My heart thou tak'st where thou dost go."
And by the cross, from whence thy name,
* A Spanish maiden addresses the steed of her lover, which bears upon its forehead a cross-a mark always beheld in Spain or Mexico with much reverence, the owner being considered under the special protection of the Virgin. The steed is fawn - colored, with snow - white mane and tail; a most beautiful animal, universally christened “Santa Cruz," from the peculiar mark described.
AM a widow with one son and one shore, unvisited save by the heaving
I the ;
western coast of Scotland, in a spacious looking as though its recesses might be house, built one hundred and fifty years the abiding-places of bogies or of beauago by one of our ancestors. I have tiful fairies; while on the other hand heard that he was a naval officer in the lay the desolate yellow hills, crowned by British service, and had lived under gray clouds that seemed ever unwilling the English flag, “wherever the breeze to yield to sunshine. could bear or ocean foam," until, weary The house itself suggested refined comwith roaming, he sought this world-for- fort. It was spacious and substantial. getting spot, manifesting his enduring Every part of it was molded with a symlove for the ocean by settling within the metry that lent grace to its strength, and sound of the siren's voice, yet safe from clearly bespoke a nature cultivated and her embrace. The mansion which he proud, secure of its own claims and conbuilt must be an emblem of himself- fident of its own taste; but the lofty veshalf- feudal, half- modern -- clinging to tibule, the wide stair - way, and the spagraceful tradition, yet mindful of living cious halls were imbued with a gloom facts. Everything in and around the that no fancy decoration, nor music, nor dwelling and the place suggests to me laughter, nor the intoxication of wine the symptoms of family traits: the wild could unbend, for there was an invisible