GOLD DISCOVERED -- "CALIFORNIA IS OURS" -- NURSING THE SICK -- THE U. S. MILITARY POST -- BURIAL OF AN OFFICER.
IN the year 1848, while the settlers and their families were contentedly at work developing the resources of the country, the astounding cry, "Gold discovered!" came through the valley like a blight, stopping every industry in its wake.
Excited men, women, and children rushed to town in quest of information. It was furnished by Alcalde Boggs and General Vallejo, who had been called away privately two weeks earlier, and had just returned in a state of great enthusiasm, declaring that gold, "in dust, grains, and chunks had been discovered at Coloma, not more than a day's journey from Sutter's Fort."
"How soon can we get there!" became the all-absorbing problem of eager listeners. The only hotelkeeper in the town sold his kettles and pans, closed his house, and departed. Shopkeepers packed most of their supplies for immediate shipment, and raised the price of those left for home trade. Men and halfgrown boys hardly took time to collect a meagre out