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James Lick And His Gifts

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The Alta Californiar, thus editorially suins up the benefuctious oí' Mr. Lick : Janu-a Lick yesterday gara iioarly all his ]iii])irty, nupposed to atuount to about 12.000,000, to public, eduoational, oharitabie, aud ornamental purposes. lt is one of the greatest gifts tor the public benefit on record, and wo believe it will bc i lonroe ot' benefit and sajoyruent to a greater uuinber of persons thuu any similar beuet'actioii on record, uníess it be that of George Peabody. Girard College and the Astor Library are small aifaire, as couipared with the institutions whioh Mr. Lick's liberality will found or endow with new life. Thu following is a liat of his donations : Obaerratory, Butomit of the Sierra. 700,000 School for the mechanica :in-, I . . 1 i i". . , nia, 300,000 l'.nm.p stataary, Sacrameirto, 280,000 Key monument, Sao Pranclsco, 150,000 li;uhs, San Fnuidfico, Old Ladies' Home, San Francittco, 100000 Caadles1 Protectlon and Relief Society, San Francisco . 23,000 Protestant Orphan AaylumfSan Prancinco, (ir)liui AmIhïu, San Joee, 25000 Mechanica' Llhrary, San Francisco, i.-.uim Society for the Prevention of Crueltj to Animals, San Prandaco, To Academy of Sciences and Pioneer Sorirty, San francisco, resldue "t' estatt - perhaps, 255,000 Total, 12,000,000 These gifts aro to bo in gold coiu, and to secure their paymeut Mr. Lick convoys to T. H. Selby, B. O. Mills, H. AI. Newhall, Wm. Alvord, O. H. Howard, James Otis and J. O. Eail, all his real estáte, consisting of 50 Iota in this city, three lots in San José, his homestead near San José of 103 acres, 150 acres near Alviso, a tract in Placer couuty and Catalina Island of about 00,000 acres, off the coast of Los Angeles. The trustees are to ereot a few monuments over the graves of som of Mr. Lick's relatives, pay certain sums to some of his rolatives aud íriends, and to hiin $25,000 annually, if he shonld want so mucb. He is oíd and in ill-health, aud does not expect to get much from his annuity. The deed has been accepted by the trustees, who have all signed it, and, having been placed on record, it has become a fínality, and, so far as we can see, is in no danger of being rendered invalid by litigatiou or other obstacle. As some years uiay elapse before the trustees can dispose of the real estáte and pay off tho legacies, the valué of the land mav increase much in tho interval, and the Academy of Sciences and the Pioneer Society, to whioh he has already giren raluable lots, may be rendered very wealthy by the surplus of the estáte. We congratúlate California upon the possession of such a citizen as Mr. Lick. MR. LICK'S CAREEH. The f olio win g is from the annal.s of the " First Steamship Pioneer," recently issued : James Lick has been amoBfC the most note-worthy of all onr early pioneors. Naturally modest and reticent tv the last degree, nearly all the acts of his eventful life have remained uunoticed until recently. We first find him in the interior of Pennsylvania, a young married man, quietly pursuing a course of oporation, evinciug great enterprise in their planning, untiring enorgy in their executions, and prooiising great advantages in their results. We next find him in the papers of Brazil and Buenos Ayres, with his thousands of horses and cattle, in the oapacity of a great proprietor, from whom the governmeuts of those countries derived their gupplies for the cavalry and their coiumisariat. Again, we find him on the other side of' the contiuent, operating in the commercial metropolis of Chili and Peru ; everywhere, and at all times, so quiet and unobtrusive, that none save those with whom he had transactions in business, and those who observed the esternal improvemeuts wrought by his enterprises, would be aware of his existeüce. His mode, in all departinents of life, has never been in a rut, but stii generis. In Valparaíso he was' not ouly doing aew things, but doing them in his own way. And, strange as it may seera in such a quiet man, he was always reaohing into enterprises in adrance of others, "taking time by the forelock." When the news of gold diseovery in California roached Valparaíso, lie was in business that would have taken an ordinary man a series of nionths at least to so close up that he could leave it with any sort of consistency ; yet he put doubloons enough in his trunk to make #'.20,000, besides the expenses of the trip, intrusted his business to a confidential friend, and stepped on board the first vessel leaving his placo for San Francisco. Arriving here he found exactly what his sagacious iniud had predicted from the moment that the golden news reached him, viz. : a splendid opportunity to invest in real estáte. He scanned the situation, fotesaw the growth of the town, selected his " corner lots " with great good judgmeut, and invested his money. The property he then purchased with $20,000 is perhaps to-day worth many millions. In the first few years he built sparingly and with great oare ; afterward, liberally and magnificently. In 18JÖ, John B. Weller, United States Senator tor California, said in his place, " I would nót give six bits for all the agricultural lands in California." At this very time Mr. Lick was preparing the foundations of a flouring-mill in Santa Clara county, which, with its massive foundations, fine burr-stones, and interior finishings, of solid mahogany, had, befbro it was completed, cost him $500,000. ïhis done, he took 50 acres of adjoining land, reduced its surfaue to a spirit level, and set, by the square and couipass, with his own hands, the whole with the choicest varieties of pear trees. These operalions, and numerous others proved very remunerative. He subsequently erected the niagnificent hotel in this city which bears his name. Recently his aots have placed hiña in the front rank of philanthropists of this or any country. He gave to the Society of California Pioneers the lot on Moutgomery street, on which Pioneer Hall stands. (His latest noble gifts are detailed above.; Mr. Lick has been for many months in poor health, but has devoted all his attention to the arrangment of plans for the disposal of his wealth in a manner to secure the greatest amount of good to the noniing generation of his follow-men. Looking froin hia sick chamber upon the generations of the rising future, we almost hear him say : Commend me to thena ; And teil tliem tluu, toease thena of their griefs, Tlu'ir fears of hostile strokee, tluir aches, their loases Their pans of lovc, itli ptfcei imidoni throes Thai nature's fragüe ressel doth Buatain in lifes nncertain yoyage, ] will some kindnessdo tlH'tn."


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