Excerpt from Eldorado, or Adventures in the Path of Empire, Vol. 2: Comprising a Voyage to California, Via Panama, Life in San Francisco and Monterey; Pictures of the Gold Region; And Experiences of Mexican Travel
The clouds gradually lowered and settled down on the topmost p... ines. Towards evening a chill rain came on, and the many gullies on the hill-sides were filled with brown torrents that brawled noisily on their way to the swollen Mokelumne. The big drops splashed dismally on our tent, as we sat within, but a double cover kept us completely dry, and the ditch dug inside the pins turned off the streams that poured down its Sides. During the night, however, the wind blew violently down the ravines, and the skirts Of our blankets nearest the Side of the tent were thoroughly soaked. My boots stood under a leaky part Of the canvass, and as I hastened to put them on next morning, without ex amination, I thrust my foot into about three inches Of water.
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