California Tale

“California instils a respect for meum and tuum [mine and thine] ; he had made a ‘pile’ at the diggings—you never meet a man who has been there and has not—and had lost it gambling—I never met but one who had not lost his pile gambling—and then supported himself with his violin—I never met a fiddler whose instrument was not a violin—and here was the violin, like the bricks that proved Jack Cade’s lineage, to testify to the whole story.”