Mr. Jack Hamlin's Mediation, and Other Stories

Mr. Jack Hamlin's Mediation, and Other Stories

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Mr. Jack Hamlin's Mediation, and Other Stories

Mr. Jack Hamlin's Mediation, and Other Stories

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In the early days of the Californian immigration, on the extremest point of the sandy peninsula, where the bay of San Francisco debouches into the Pacific, there stood a semaphore telegraph. Tossing its black arms against the sky, -- with its back to the Golden Gate and that vast expanse of sea whose nearest shore was Japan, -- it signified to another semaphore further inland the "rigs" of incoming vessels, by certain uncouth signs, which were again passed on to Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, where they reappeared on a third semaphore, and read to the initiated "schooner," "brig" "ship," or "steamer." But all homesick San Francisco had learned the last sign, and on certain days of the month every eye was turned to welcome those gaunt arms widely extended at right angles, which meant "sidewheel steamer" (the only steamer which carried the mails) and "letters from home." In the joyful reception accorded to that herald . . .

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