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Cover Story September 23, 2004

by lyle e davis


This is the second in a two part series that looks at the pioneer era of California . . . the days when gold had just been discovered and the phenomenon known as the ‘49’er Gold Rush’ had commenced in earnest.


These historical accounts are taken from letters from the French Consul to the French Minister of the Interior:


We were now in the gold-bearing district, for some had been taken out a league (League:  Approximately three miles)  from the mill, and in such quantity that one person, with ordinary labor, might make a dollar an hour.






A physician claims these are actual comments from his patients made  while he was performing colonoscopies:


  1. "Take it easy, Doc, you're boldly going where no man has gone  before."


  2. "Find Amelia Earhart yet?"


  3. "Can you hear me NOW?"


  4. "Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?"


  5. "You know, in Arkansas, we're now legally married."