California Sketches, Second Series

O. P. Fitzgerald
California Sketches, Second

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Title: California Sketches, Second Series
Author: O. P. Fitzgerald
Release Date: June 9, 2004 [EBook #12564]
Language: English
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Produced by David A. Schwan

New Series.

By O. P. Fitzgerald
With an Introduction by Bishop George F. Pierce.

The bearded men in rude attire, With nerves of steel and hearts of fire,
The women few but fair and sweet, Like shadowy visions dim and fleet,

Again I see, again I hear, As down the past I dimly peer, And muse o'er
buried joy and pain, And tread the hills of youth again.


A Word.
Encores are usually anticlimaxes. I never did like them. Yet here I am
again before the public with another book of "California Sketches." The
kind treatment given to the former volume, of which six editions have
been printed and sold; the expressed wishes of many friends who have
said, Give us another book; and my own impulse, have induced me to
venture upon a second appearance. If much of the song is in the minor
key, it had to be so: these Sketches are from real life, and "all lives are
The Author.
Nashville, September, 1881.

The first issue of the "California Sketches" was very popular,
deservedly so. The distinguished Author has prepared a Second Series.
In this fact the reading public will rejoice.
In these hooks we have the romance and prestige of fiction; the thrill of
incident and adventure; the wonderful phases of society in a new
country, and under the pressure of strong and peculiar excitements;
human character loose from the restraints of an old civilization--a
settled order of things; individuality unwarped by imitation--free,
varied, independent. The materials are rich, and they are embodied in a
glowing narrative. The writer himself lived amid the scenes and the
people he describes, and, as a citizen, a preacher, and an editor, was an
important factor among the forces destined to mold the elements which
were to be formulated in the politics of the State and the enterprises of
the Church. A close observer, gifted with a keen discrimination and
retentive memory, a decided relish for the ludicrous and the sportive,
and always ready to give a religions turn to thought and conversation,
he is admirably adapted to portray and recite what he saw, heard, and
These Sketches furnish good reading for anybody. For the young they

are charming, full of entertainment, and not wanting in moral
instruction. They will gratify the taste of those who love to read, and,
what is more important, beget the appetite for books among the dull
and indifferent. He who can stimulate children and young men and
women to read renders a signal service to society at large. Mental
growth depends much upon reading, and the fertilization of the original
soil by the habit wisely directed connects vitally with the outcome and
harvest of the future.
Dr. Fitzgerald is doing good service in the work already done, and I
trust the patronage of the people will encourage him to give us another
and another of the same sort. At my house we all read the "California
Sketches"--old and young--and long for more.
G. F. Pierce.

Dick The Diggers The California Mad-House San Quentin "Corralled"
The Reblooming The Emperor Norton Camilla Cain Lone Mountain
Newton The California Politician Old Man Lowry Suicide In California
Father Fisher Jack White The Rabbi My Mining Speculation Mike
Reese Uncle Nolan Buffalo Jones Tod Robinson Ah Lee The Climate
of California After The Storm Bishop Kavanaugh In California Sanders
A Day Winter-Blossomed A Virginian In California At The End

Dick was a Californian. We made his acquaintance in Sonora about a
month before Christmas, Anno Domini 1855. This is the way it
At the request of a number of families, the lady who presided in the
curious little parsonage near the church on the hill-side had started a
school for little girls. The public schools might do for the boys, but
were too mixed for their sisters--so they thought. Boys could rough it
--they were a rough set, anyway--but the girls must he raised according
to the traditions of the old times and the old homes. That was the view
taken of the matter then, and from that day to this the average
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