It may be remembered that it was the habit of that gallant war- horse of the Calaveras democracy, Colonel Starbottle, at the close of a political campaign, to return to his original profession of the Law.Perhaps it could not be called a peaceful retirement. The same fiery-tongued eloquence and full-breasted chivalry which had in turns thrilled and overawed freemen at the polls were no less fervid and embattled before a jury.
In a Hollow of the Hills
It was very dark, and the wind was increasing. The last gust had been preceded by an ominous roaring down the whole mountain-side, which continued for some time after the trees in the little valley had lapsed into silence. The air was filled with a…
Snow-Bound at Eagle's
Bret Harte (1836-1902) was a 19th century writer most famous for his contributions to western literature. When his widowed mother moved their family to California in 1854, he found work as a miner, messenger, printer, and journalist, working with…
The Crusade of the Excelsior
It was the 4th of August, 1854, off Cape Corrientes.Morning was breaking over a heavy sea, and the closely-reefed topsails of a barque that ran before it bearing down upon the faint outline of the Mexican coast.Already the white peak of Colima…
A Waif Of The Plains
As Clarence Brant, President of the Robles Land Company, and husband of the rich widow of John Peyton, of the Robles Ranche, mingled with the outgoing audience of the Cosmopolitan Theatre, at San Francisco, he elicited the usual smiling nods and…
In A Hollow Of The Hills
It was a season of unequalled prosperity in Devil's Ford.The half a dozen cabins scattered along the banks of the North Fork, as if by some overflow of that capricious river, had become augmented during a week of fierce excitement by twenty or…
Mrs. Skaggs's Husbands
The sun was rising in the foot-hills.But for an hour the black mass of Sierra eastward of Angel's had been outlined with fire, and the conventional morning had come two hours before with the down coach from Placerville.The dry, cold, dewless…
A First Family Of Tasajara
The Twins of Table Mountain and Other Tales
Three of Harte (The Luck of Roaring Camp, The Outcasts of Poker Flat, and The Idyl of Red Gulch)
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