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California In The Winter

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5
Month
February
Year
1890
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San Fhancisco, Jan. 25,1890. We have come to tlie conclusión that a California winter is not altogetber wliai t is representad to be. Tlit: newspapers have been fond of stallDg that Uil is the most dos! rabie part oí tueyuar, and thai visitors find the chango trom the cok winters of the east to tlio genial climatc of the Pacific most dellghtfal. Uut the statements of the Press are to be taken with a considerable degree of allowance They have a wny ot putting tilines in a very favorable light, and liud it to their interest to keep the unpleasant features out of the record. Indeed, some are inclined to tliiiik that the press liere is soinewhiit given to exaggeratlon. Wc do know that there is considerable sensitiveness when facts are stated at the east whicli are not allowed to get into prlnl on this side of tlic continent, üut foi weeks pa;t there has been great harmony in the statements that the autunin anc winter tbna far has been one of the mosi disagiceable seasons ever experlenced. The rainy seas n be.gan the ml Idle ot October, niuch eailier Ulan usual, and liascontiniied with but little cessation untll the present. And the ralns liave not been occasions) showers, and piincipally dtiilng the niglit, followed by light sunshine, as we have been led to understand but violent down-poorg for hours auc days In suceession. These raina have f rcquenlly been accompanied with bolsterous rinda and hal], making it almost impossible to get out of doois We have had precious few clear days durlnjü the entire season, and not more than tvvo or three followlng each other. Tlie streets have been llooded, sewers have caved In, and workofall kinds suspended, resulting in much safferlng amongthe laborlng classes. Tuis condition of things has not been loca!, but covers over the entire state. There have been seriotis wasbouts on all of the rallroads, bridges have been swept KWy, and travel greatly uiterrnpted. Tnere we have had the annual bloekage of s'.iow on the mountaios wbile ihis winter has been of more than ordinary severlty. We have had no overland mail in eight days, and whlle I am writlng live trains are snowed d on the Sierra's with all the mail from the tast, whlle an anny of fifteen hundred are endeavoring to clear the tracks. There are not many passengers on these trains for they have been wise enough not to start wilh so much uncertainty before tliem. Then we have had unusual froits killing all the flowerg, giving to the city rather a glooniy look. The beantiful Golden Gate Park whioh we visited on one of the clear mornings a short time since presente a most desolate appearance, and a large amouncof money is called for to put the drives and walks into order a;r in. Ti. ere li:is been and is unusual sickness in the city and the prevailing Influenza luis taken a vsry strong liold. The pólice forcé, has been greatly troubled on this accouut, many cars have been luid np on the cable roads, and the work upon vessels on the docks has been carried on with miich difiicuky. You will see from the abiivc statements, which we are having before our eyes continually, that this hal not been a prosperous boobím. -j m tlieoimuuR in uy no means encouraging. Altbough the season has been thus unpropltlous, yet there is much that is interesting in this remarkable city. The people are progressive, and are laying out plans in certaiu directions on a most extensive scale. Thero is room for iuprevement in directions. The sticets are badly paved, the seweraje System and the water supply re very justly criticised by the pres.s, while the structures of the ferries are actually disgraceful. The city presents the appearance of a frontier town and jrlves the lmpression that eveiything is in i formative state. There are many kmposing structures and more are in contemplatiou! The churches are not numerons and can by no means compare with tho.e In our eastern cities. The dwellinjrs are al most exclusively of wood, built for a warm cllmate, and in a uniform stylc. A few streets are broad ana lovttlng, but tbere are many that are narrow and unattractive. Real estáte speculation is the rage and prominent dealers are iirowing wealthy. Aloney seems to be abumlant with tliose wtao are at the head of afl'.ilrs, while tbose who are depending upon their daily earnlnfre have to stru;jrle to keep the wolf from the door. The Chinese question is the absorbing one and there ís scarcely an issue from the daüy press but has gome tb ing to say upon this topic. They are here seemiii)y In is large numbers as ever and are frradually extending their quarters. In their owa seution of the city the streets Bwarm with these Orientáis, and in i-pite of the exclusive act their numbers do not seein to be dlmlnlshed. There is mueh bitter feeliiii; agalnst them, and yet they uppear as a elass to be inofl'ensive and Industrious. There is no doubt a bad element among theui, and they give the officials usual trouble. How the city could get along without them is a problem. l'bey have monopolized the laundry bu.-iness and do thelr work promptly and well. In most of the families we find them employed as servante. On all of the steamships of the Pacific they are (ouiul as waltere, sailors and nnderllngs for all kinds of work. It seems strange to read the editoriuls against them, and then t" find the best people of the city putting their household interests into their hands. We t-pent a day du ring the summer at Palo Alto, the summ ;r n s - dence of Governor Stanford, and there were these Mongolians at work iu-doors and on the estáte. We wonder whether the Senator will vote for this new exclusive bilí whieh has recently been presented by Mr. Morrow. This month is the great gala season among the Chinese, their New Ycnr, and they are making the most of it. The week followlng thé twentleth of JaiiQary is given up to their holiday fesllvities and a good time they are having. Th'jir cuslom Is to suspend work of all kinds, dress up in their very besf, adorn their strtets with banners, at nlght lllumlne their dwellinys with gay lanterns, and greet each other with the salutations of the sea son. On going throilgh their quarters a few evenings since we rather eüjoyed the brllllant Oriental sceuc. Uut with their opium habits, their low and flltby way of living, and thelr utter üisregard of all the laws and custonis ol civilizad life, they are a very untlesirable class, and e do' not wonder that there is so much prejudice against them. But whether the measures proposed by Congress to meet the difficulty is the proper coursc to pursue is a quettlon. The city was greatly excited a few days a;o by the annonneemen't that Nellie lilye (Miss Coelnane) of the New York World h:ul arrived on the Oceanic, and wits speeded on her way over the Southern route by a special train. Slie is travel ing around the world to beat the record of ei:;hty days. If no obstructions are met wilh sbe will acoooiplUb thejourney In seventy-four days, while flfteen days mic lost in waitlng for connectioiie. After all, as the Yankee expressed t, the worli] is a very small p'ace.

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Ann Arbor Courier