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pecuniary aid, the state should give it liberally and ungrudgingly. The people of California are among the most free-hearted and free-handed of any in the world; there never has been any popular feeling against Marshall and Sutter; that more was not given them was neither a matter of money nor a matter of ill-will or prejudice. The question was simply asked, What had these men done to entitle them to lavish reward on the part of the people? To one of them, and him a foreigner, was secured by the general government a title to princely possessions in the midst of princely opportunities. That he failed to secure to himself the best and most lasting advantages of his position, and like a child let go his hold on all his vast possessions, was no fault of the people, and entitles him to no special sympathy. Marshall

, made of quite common clay, but still a free-born American citizen, with rights equal to the best, happened to stumble on gold a week, or a month, or six months before some one else would certainly have done so. The fame of it was his, and as much of the gold as he chose to shovel

carry away.

There was not the least merit on his part connected with the event. That he failed to profit by his opportunity, assuming that the world, by reason of the immortal accident, owed him a great debt which it would not pay; that he became petulant, half-crazed, and finally died in obscuritywas no fault of the people. Any free-born American citizen has the right to do the same if he chooses. I grant that he as well as Sutter could justly claim recompense for spoliation by mobs—though there is no evidence that they ever suffered greatly at the hands of mobs—and the continuance of the temporary pension granted them would not have been particufarly objectionable, on grounds similar to those applied to Hargrave, the Australian gold-finder. The services of the latter, however, had the consecration of a selfimposed task—exploration with an aim. As a blind



instrument in the hands of inevitable development, as a momentary favorite of fortune, I concede Marshall every credit. I also admit that Sutter, as the builder of a great establishment in the wilderness, with industries supporting numerous dependents, thus bringing the truest method of culture to savages, and as the promoter of the undertaking at Coloma, is entitled to a share in the recognition which must connect him with the accidental founders of the golden era of California. But to talk of injustice or niggardliness on the part of the state of California; to imply that there was any necessity for either of these men to throw themselves away, or that the people of California did not feel or do rightly by them—is, as I said before, silly and

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The full and permanent effects of the California gold discovery cannot be estimated. All over the world impulse was given to industry, values changed, and commerce, social economy, and finance were revolutionized. New enlightenment and new activities succeeded these changes, and yet again followed higher and broader developments. It was the forerunner of like great discoveries of the precious metals elsewhere, in Australia, in Nevada and Idaho and Montana, in British Columbia and Alaska. There had been nothing like it since the inpouring of gold and silver to Europe, following the discovery of the New World by Columbus. It is not in its fullest, broadest sense, however, that the subject is to be treated in this chapter. The grand results can only be appreciated as we proceed in our history. It is rather the reception of the news in the different parts of the world, and the immediate action taken upon it, that I will now refer to.

By various ways intelligence of the gold discovery

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