Fred K MacCrellish & Co: San Francisco, 1875. Item #97-8990
31.5 x 24, one sheet, pages 1 and 2 only on cotton based paper, toning, spotting, tears, creasing, missing tip of upper left corner, small area of light staining. Articles on the Fourth of July celebration and listing all the military units that will be in the parade; sports; horseracing and baseball (the local team, the California Base Ball Club vs. the Amity Club of Sacramento); book reviews, political news, etc. (salaries of public officials are four times what they should be); entertainment; ads; an editorial note on Howard University and how Frederick Duglass is upset ". . . because the Trustees would not elect a colored man President . . . " (of the University); that southern California is lacking a commercial city but that "Los Angeles has never been quite able to offset the great disadvantages of a harbor so defective as to be worthless" and goes on to extoll the virtues of Santa Monica and that it will be the city of the future. There are also articles on mining, one is entitled "Letter from Pichacho A General Description of the Mining Region" which goes into detail about the Pichacho mines, located in San Diego County, which are in "the main gold belt" starting in Alaska and going all the way to Sonora, Mexico. "There are five discovered lodes lying within a space of half a mile, and below these lodes, about 700 acres of gravel, rich in placer gold." It goes on to detail the mining operations, how many Mexicans are working the mines and how much they are paid, history of the mines, geology, etc. From the last paragraph: "This is quite a lively camp, a mongrel mixture of Americans and Mexicans, boasting one legitimate store and a number of visiting traders. The latter supply the Mexicans with red cloth and bad whiskey. . ." There's also columns listing several mines and their mining operations and assessment notices for mining stock: gold, silver, quicksilver, etc. In 1874, California produced about two-fifths of the quicksilver of the world. Sold as is.