Tales of the Argonauts

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It was nearly two o'clock in the morning. The lights were out in Robinson's Hall, where there had been dancing and revelry; and the moon, riding high, painted the black windows with silver. The cavalcade, that an hour ago had shocked the sedate pines with song and laughter, were all dispersed. One enamoured swain had ridden east, another west, another north, another south; and the object of their adoration, left within her bower at Chemisal Ridge, was calmly going to bed.

I regret that I am not able to indicate the exact stage of that process. Two chairs were already filled with delicate inwrappings and white confusion; and the young lady herself, half-hidden in the silky threads of her yellow hair, had at one time borne a faint resemblance to a partly-husked ear of Indian corn. But she was now clothed in that one long, formless garment that makes all women equal; and the round shoulders and neat waist, that an hour ago had been so fatal to the peace of mind of Four Forks, had utterly disappeared. The face above it was very pretty: the foot below, albeit shapely, was not small. "The flowers, as a general thing, don't raise their heads MUCH to look after me," she had said with superb frankness to one of her lovers.

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Francis Bret Harte (August 25, 1836 – May 5, 1902) was an American author and poet, best remembered for his short fiction featuring miners, gamblers, and other romantic figures of the California Gold Rush. In a career spanning more than four decades, he wrote poetry, fiction, plays, lectures, book reviews, editorials, and magazine sketches in addition to fiction. As he moved from California to the eastern U.S. to Europe, he incorporated new subjects and characters into his stories, but his Gold Rush tales have been most often reprinted, adapted, and admired.

Harte moved to California in 1853, later working there in a number of capacities, including miner, teacher, messenger, and journalist. He spent part of his life in the northern California coastal town of Union (now Arcata), a settlement on Humboldt Bay that was established as a provisioning center for mining camps in the interior.

The Wells Fargo Messenger, July 1916, relates that after an unsuccessful attempt to make a living in the gold camps, he signed on as a messenger with Wells Fargo & Co. Express. He guarded treasure boxes on stagecoaches for a few months, then gave it up to become the schoolmaster at a school near Sonora. He created his character Yuba Bill from his memory of an old stagecoach driver.

The 1860 massacre of between 80 and 200 Wiyots at the village of Tuluwat was well documented historically and was reported in San Francisco and New York by Harte. When serving as assistant editor for the Northern Californian, Harte editorialized about the slayings while his boss, Stephen G. Whipple, was temporarily absent, leaving Harte in charge of the paper. Harte published a detailed account condemning the event, writing, "a more shocking and revolting spectacle never was exhibited to the eyes of a Christian and civilized people. Old women wrinkled and decrepit lay weltering in blood, their brains dashed out and dabbled with their long grey hair. Infants scarcely a span long, with their faces cloven with hatchets and their bodies ghastly with wounds." After he published the editorial his life was threatened, and he was forced to flee one month later. Harte quit his job and moved to San Francisco, where an anonymous letter published in a city paper is attributed to him, describing widespread community approval of the massacre. In addition, no one was ever brought to trial, despite the evidence of a planned attack and references to specific individuals, including a rancher named Larabee and other members of the unofficial militia called the Humboldt Volunteers.

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Feb 2, 2016
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232
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English
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Table of Contents

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GENERAL INTRODUCTION
THE LUCK OF ROARING CAMP
THE OUTCASTS OF POKER FLAT
MIGGLES
TENNESSEE'S PARTNER
THE IDYL OF BED GULCH
BROWN OF CALAVERAS
MUCK-A-MUCK
A MODERN INDIAN NOVEL
CHAPTER I
CHAPTER II
CHAPTER III
CHAPTER IV
CHAPTER V
CHAPTER VI
SELINA SEDILIA
BY MISS M. E. B-DD-N AND MRS. H-N-Y W-D.
CHAPTER I
CHAPTER II
CHAPTER III
CHAPTER IV
CHAPTER V
CHAPTER VI
CHAPTER VII
CHAPTER VIII
CHAPTER IX
THE NINETY-NINE GUARDSMEN
BY AL-X-D-R D-M-S
CHAPTER I
SHOWING THE QUALITY OF THE CUSTOMERS OF THE INNKEEPER OF PROVINS
CHAPTER II
THE COMBAT
CHAPTER III
SHOWING HOW THE KING OF FRANCE WENT UP A LADDER
MISS MIX
BY CH-L-TTE BR-NTE
CHAPTER I
CHAPTER II
CHAPTER III
CHAPTER IV
CHAPTER V
MR. MIDSHIPMAN BEEEZY
A NAVAL OFFICER
CHAPTER I
CHAPTER II
CHAPTER III
CHAPTER IV
CHAPTER V
CHAPTER VI
CHAPTER VII
GUY HEAVYSTONE; OR, "ENTIRE"
A MUSCULAR NOVEL
CHAPTER I
"NEREI REPANDIROSTRUM INCURVICERVICUM PECUS."
CHAPTER II
CHAPTER III
CHAPTER IV
JOHN JENKINS
OR
CHAPTER I
CHAPTER II
THE DOWNWARD PATH
CHAPTER III AND LAST
FANTINE
AFTER THE FRENCH OF VICTOR HUGO
PROLOGUE
II
III
IV
V
VI
VII
VIII
IX
X
"LA FEMME"
AFTER THE FRENCH OF M. MICHELET
II
THE INFANT
III
THE DOLL
IV
THE MUD PIE
V
THE FIRST LOVE
VI
THE WIFE
VII
HER OLD AGE
THE DWELLER OF THE THRESHOLD
BY SIR ED-D L-TT-N B-LW-R
BOOK II
IN THE WORLD
BOOK III
THE DWELLER OF THE THRESHOLD
BOOK IV
MYSELF
N N.
BEING A NOVEL IN THE FRENCH PARAGRAPHIC STYLE
NO TITLE
BY W-LK-E C-LL-NS
PROLOGUE
CHAPTER I
MARY JONES'S NARRATIVE
CHAPTER II
THE SLIM YOUNG MAN'S STORY
CHAPTER III
NO. 27 LIMEHOUSE ROAD
CHAPTER IV
COUNT MOSCOW'S NARRATIVE
CHAPTER V
DR. DIGGS'S STATEMENT
CHAPTER LAST
STATEMENT OF THE PUBLISHER
HANDSOME IS AS HANDSOME DOES
BY CH-S R-DE
CHAPTER I
CHAPTER II
CHAPTER III
CHAPTER IV
CHAPTER V
CHAPTER VI
CHAPTER VII
CHAPTER VIII
CHAPTER IX
CHAPTER X
CHAPTER XI
LOTHAW
OR
CHAPTER I
CHAPTER II
CHAPTER III
CHAPTER IV
CHAPTER V
CHAPTER VI
CHAPTER VII
CHAPTER VIII
CHAPTER IX
THE HAUNTED MAN
BY CH—R—S D—CK—N—S.
PART I
THE FIRST PHANTOM
PART II
THE SECOND PHANTOM
TERENCE DENVILLE
BY CH-L-S L-V-R
CHAPTER I
MY HOME
CHAPTER II
THE FIGHTING FIFTY-SIXTH
MARY McGILLUP
A SOUTHERN NOVEL
INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER I
CHAPTER II
CHAPTER III
CHAPTER IV
CHAPTER V
CHAPTER VI
THE HOODLUM BAND
OR
CHAPTER I
CHAPTER II
CHAPTER III
CHAPTER IV
CHAPTER V
M'LISS
AN IDYL OF RED MOUNTAIN
CHAPTER I
SMITH'S POCKET
CHAPTER II
WHICH CONTAINS A DREAM OF THE JUST ARISTIDES
CHAPTER III
UNDER THE GREENWOOD TREE
CHAPTER IV
WHICH HAS A GOOD MORAL TENDENCY
CHAPTER V
"OPEN SESAME"
CHAPTER VI
THE TRIALS OF MRS. MORPHER
CHAPTER VII
THE PEOPLE vs. JOHN DOE WATERS. Before Chief Justice LYNCH.
CHAPTER VIII
THE AUTHOR TO THE READER—EXPLANATORY
CHAPTER IX
CLEANING UP
CHAPTER X
THE RED ROCK
HIGH-WATER MARK
A LONELY RIDE
THE MAN OF NO ACCOUNT
NOTES BY FLOOD AND FIELD
PART I
IN THE FIELD
PART II
IN THE FLOOD
WAITING FOR THE SHIP
A FORT POINT IDYL
A NIGHT AT WINGDAM
THE LEGEND OF MONTE DEL DIABLO
THE RIGHT EYE OF THE COMMANDER
THE LEGEND OF DEVIL'S POINT
THE ADVENTURE OF PADRE VICENTIO
A LEGEND OF SAN FRANCISCO
THE DEVIL AND THE BROKER
A MEDIAEVAL LEGEND
THE OGRESS OF SILVER LAND
OR
THE CHRISTMAS GIFT THAT CAME TO RUPERT
A STORY FOR LITTLE SOLDIERS

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