Tide of Empire

[* = reconstructed title]

1
In 1542, Juan Rodriguez
 Cabrillo explored a "kindly
 sea to where it meets a
 rugged terrestrial paradise" -
  It was the southern coast
  of California.

2
In 1572, Sir Francis Drake
 saw it....lazing 'neath a
 golden sun --
  perhaps at Monterey.

3
Two centuries later
Franciscan Friars built
missions....at San 
Diego, San Gabriel and
at San Fernando - -

4
Under these Holy teachings
the Don and Grandee came
....and life moved on through
years of peace and content-
           ment.

5
"Don Jose Guerrero and his
 daughter. You could ride
 a half day's journey, my
 friend, and never leave
       their land!"

6
"In trouble again, Romauldo
 ....so you come to your
 sister, eh? And what is
     it this time?"

7
"I sold Father's sheep for
 him....and I lost the money
      on a cockfight."

8
"You must help me,
 Josephita! Just this
     once more!"

9
"I must get the money
 to repay Father ....
     some way!"

10
"No, no! It would be
 dishonest to take more
....and while he sleeps,
          too."

11
"The money for the sheep,
 Father! It was difficult
 to get....but I got it!"

12
"Your brother is a
 saint for honesty,
 Josephita...just like
      you are."

13
So life under the Dons
 drifted on....one long
 siesta in the kindly 
          sun.

14
Until....in January 1848....
 the industry of a "foreigner"
 from the United States
 shattered the peace and 
  quiet of Spanish rule.

15
James Marshall had
 built a mill race on
   Sutter's Creek.

16
"It's gold, Cap'n Sutter!
 Sure as you're born....
       it's gold!"

17
Across valley and mountain 
the news echoed....to San
   Francisco village!

18
"Gold up Caloma way!
 The creeks are lined 
       with it!"

19
GOLD IN CALIFORNIA!
  The news swept the 
  world!

20
- and with that gold-mad
horde rode thievery and
     lawlessness.

21
"Do you know what you
 are doing? This is the
 Rancho Chico....and this
     stock is ours!"

22
SAN FRANCISCO FOLLOWED 
  THE GOLD CRY!
   	Ships deserted!
        Trains abandoned!
         Stores closed!
          Streets emptied!

23
"Stranger, there ain't a
 shovel left in town.
 Everything's been sold!"

24
"Pathfinder, you play nurse-
 maid to our donkeys. I'm
  going shovel hunting."

25
"Good morning, Stranger...
 and who might you be?"

26
"Well, I might be the Queen
 of Sheba....but I ain't! My
 name's B. Jabez Harmon.
  I'm the jailer here!"

27
"Mine is D'Arcy....Dermod
 D'Arcy. I'm searching for
 supplies to go mining....
       but no luck."

28
"Me....neither! I want to
 resign this jailin' job....
 but thar's nobody left in
   town to resign to!"

29
"For a pick and shovel I
 can give you an idea how
      to get away."

30
"Wal, sonny, if you've
 got any ideas 'long
 that line....I've got the
       shovels."

31
"Thar's all kinds of shovels!
 Right-handed, left-handed
  ....and back-handed!"

32
"And look here....if you
 don't think I was all
      set to go!"

33
"But what's keepin' me
 here is my prisoners....
 two hoss thieves and
     a bigamist!"

34
"Well, here's my idea.
 We'll build a cage....
 and take them along 
   mining with us!"

35
While the newcomers
stampeded toward the
gold field....the Dons
were observing the great
 fiesta of St. Francis.

36
"El Capitan! He will win
 today! Our money is
  bet on El Capitan!"

37
"You will race like never
 before....eh, El Capitan?"

38
"Come on! I'm gettin' all
 tired out tellin' you galoots
      how to do this!"

39
"This is our rancho,
 Senor! It is not right
   you come here!"

40
"I am sorry, Señorita.
 I humbly apologize."

41
"Pequeño hijo de un
      puerko!"

42
"She flatters you! She
 says you're a 'little
    son of a peeg'!"

43
"You see, Señorita....I
  understand Spanish."

44
"Do not touch me!
 You....you rabbit!"

45
"That is a splendid horse
 you ride, Señor! Such
 action....and such speed!"

46
"At the fiesta today, Señor...
 the two fastest horses in
 this country are racing. 
   Let me enter yours?"

47
"The fiesta? Is that
 where she is going?"

48
"Make your wagers for
 the next frog race,
 gents! Hop on before
    they hop off!"

49
"Come, Josephita....dance
         for us!"

50*
"Her father owns the
 Rancho Chico....a fine
 place and very rich....
 until lately."

51*
"She's a proud little devil!
 She rejected even me....
 a Montalvo! Now my
 one wish is to humble
 her!"

52*
"The rose, Señorita!
 Throw us the rose of
 your love!"

53*
"Never mind, my friend....
 the race first and then
       romance."

54*
"Just ride him, sonny!
 Point him for home....
 and he'll do the rest!"

55*
"I thought only two
 horses were to race,
 Father. There are
 three!"

56*
"I have entered the third
 horse, Don Jose. My
 ranch may be represent-
 ed, I believe."

57*
"Your pinto is the other
 entry, Don Emilio. You
         agree?"

58*
"Certainly! We will make
 it a sweepstake....five
 thousand cattle from
 each!"

59*
"Five thousand? A peon's
 bet! Is it made so low
 out of consideration for
        Don Jose?"

60*
"A peon's wager, is it?
 Then we'll make it
 twenty thousand!"

61*
"Father....we have not
 half that many cattle
 left."

62*
"On second thought --
 I fear I cannot pledge
 quite that number."

63*
"But the wager stands,
 Señors! Twenty
 thousand head from
 each of you....against
 my Rancho Chico!"

64*
"El Capitan! El Capitan!"

65*
"Come on, Pathfinder!
 Stop pickin' them
 daisies!"

66*
"From you I take
 twenty thousand head
 of cattle --"

67*
"-- and from you, Don
 Jose....the Rancho
 Chico!"

68*
"Half the winnings are
 yours....the cattle or
 the Rancho Chico."

69*
"Allow me, Señorita....
 This is Señor Dermod
 D'Arcy, the owner of
 Pathfinder."

70*
"It is the same like meet-
 ing the devil when I am
 meeting you, Señor!"

71*
"And it's like meeting
 an angel to meet you,
 Señorita."

72*
"Only angels are not
 quite so mean."

73*
"If the words of my
 sister offend you, I will
 give satisfaction."

74*
"A lady as lovely as
 your sister cannot 
 offend, Señor."

75*
"I'll take Rancho Chico
 for my share of the
 winnings."

76*
"It is too bad....but we
 must not lose faith, my
 brother."

77*
"That hoss of your'n
 takes my eye. We're
 goin' to swap!"

78*
"No, no, Señor! This
 horse is all you
 Americans have left us!"

79*
"Take a drink and forget
 it! We'll show you how
 to collect what's comin'
 to you!"

80*
"Why is Romauldo not
 here for dinner?"

81*
"Well, Pathfinder....
 we're home!"

82*
"Never have the
 Guerreros refused
 welcome to any man."

83*
"The best wine, Pedro!
 The best wine for our
 last guest."

84*
"To me, a fine horse is
 more to be prized than
 gold. I drink to your
 gallant horse, Señor!"

85*
"Your home is charming,
 Señor. What happiness!
 A place like this, presided
 over by a wife --"

86*
"-- as lovely as your
 daughter."

87*
"Again I tell you in
 English which my father
 do not understand....
 you are a peeg!"

88*
"Your daughter says....
 'They are never alone
 who live with noble
 thoughts'."

89*
"A toast in English....
 to the most beautiful
 girl I have ever seen!"

90*
"Translated into Spanish,
 Señor, that means --"

91*
"May each hair on your
 head be a candle to
 light your soul to 
 Heaven."

92*
"Please don't think too
 harshly of the strangers
 who are coming into
 your California."

93*
"It is the strongest who 
 settle new lands. They
 are rough, and some-
 times ruthless....but
 they build Empires!"

94*
"What you say may be
 true....but it will
 become their California,
 not ours."

95*
"Forgive me. I am forget-
 ting my duties as a host.
 I have a rare old brandy -"

96*
"I must see you alone.
 Meet me outside the
 gate after I leave."

97*
"It is important....
 something about
 your ranch!"

98*
"Señor, my apology.
 There is no more
 brandy."

99*
"My thanks to you, Señor,
 for your hospitality."

100
"Do not take sadness to
 your sleep, my father."

101
"What is it you have
    to tell me?"

102
"I want to talk to you
 about the new owner
  of Rancho Chico."

103
"-- but that can wait,
 Señorita. I have lots
 of other things to
  talk about, first."

104
"I have not come here
 to listen to your silly
         talk!"

105
"I hate you! I wish
 never to see you
      again!"

106
"My father! My father!"

107
"Romauldo!"

108
"Romauldo! Romauldo!"

109
ONWARD SWEPT THE
 TIDE OF EMPIRE!
  80,000 in 3 months!
  Across mountains!
  Through valleys!
  By land! By sea!

110
BOOM TOWNS OF '49!
Built in a day! Some to
become derelicts of a 
wasteland....others to
be foundations for great 
  cities to come! 

111
"Inside you go! I've let
 you build this jail....
   now patronize it!"

112
"Don't argue! I ain't
 handin' out no night-
 keys for this hoose-
        gow!"

113
"Pathfinder, we're going
      back to her."

114
"Say...who's this we
 what's goin' back
  where...to who?"

115
"Just Pathfinder and
        me."

116
"Give up diggin' gold
 'count o' a gal?
  You're plum loco!"

117
"Heck! Gettin' a wife's
 like gettin' hives....and
 not havin' finger-nails!"

118
"Gents, our jail's ready for
 customers! At midnight
 the law starts....so do
  your drinkin' early!"

119*
"Not a drop, sir, during
 business hours."

120*
"Me neither, sir."

121*
"If it is not too much
 trouble....I would like
 me a room."

122*
"Go right up and help
 yourself to number
 nine....the royal soote!"

123*
"Mr. D'Arcy write me
 is live in this place.
 Please tell him I am
 here, Señor."

124*
"Go tell D'Arcy there's
 a lady to see him."

125*
"She's here...at the hotel!
 Your little fandango!

126*
"Señorita! I was just
 starting back to see
 you!"

127*
"This was very kind of
 you, Señor. But it was
 ....too late."

128*
"My poor father died. I
 think his heart maybe
 just break."

129*
"Josephita....how can 
 I tell you how sorry
 I am?"

130*
"Do not try. Pity I do
 not like."

131*
"I have not send for
 you to insult me
 again, Señor!"

132*
"You come to our
 California for gold....
 and for it you give only 
 unhappiness and
 make hate!"

133*
"You! You have take
 our lands! You have
 kill my father! Is this
 not enough?"

134*
"I am sorry, Señor. The
 tongue should not speak
 what is in the heart."

135*
"Señorita, won't you go
 back to your home
 again?"

136*
"No, I am go to relatives
 in San Diego....then I
 go to Spain."

137*
"But your brother is at
 the ranch, isn't he?"

138*
"Romauldo go 'way the
 afternoon before our
 father died....I do not
 know where."

139*
"Wells and Fargo
 are comin'!"

140*
"They're here, boys!
 Wells....Fargo!"

141*
"On time, Gentlemen! On
 time to a split second!"

142*
"Three cheers for Wells
 and Fargo! Loosen
 yore collars....and let
 'er go!"

143*
"This express company is
 going to make the west
 and east neighbors....
 one great empire!"

144*
"Now I've got 'nuf gold
 to send my little ones
 back east where doctors
 can make 'em well."

145*
"Don't you see....it isn't
 hate that gold is bring-
 ing, it's happiness --"

146*
"-- and, if you will only
 understand, it will bring
 happiness to you, too, 
 Josephita."

147*
"We'll burn a cabin on
 the outskirts. That will
 draw the crowd away.
 Then we'll move in on
 Mr. Wells and Mr. Fargo."

148*
"When we see the blaze,
 we'll come and come
 a-shootin'!"

149*
"Señor, I have no heart
 for this! Let me go
 away!"

150*
"No, we ain't leavin'
 no evidence like you
 ....loose!"

151*
"Fire! Fire!"

152*
"FIRE!"

153*
"See 'em run -- They
 swallowed the bait
 easy."

154*
"Don't go, boys....it's
 a trick! Look out for 
 a raid!"

155*
"I'm leavin' you jail-birds
 out....on condition you
 come back when the
 fight's over!"

156*
"If you galoots git killed...
 you needn't mind
 comin' back to jail!"

157*
"Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
 This bar o'juice is
 now a bar o'justice!"

158*
"We'll give you buzzards
 a fair trial....and a durn
 fast one! Are you guilty
 or ain't you?"

159*
"Not guilty!"

160*
"Well I'll be horn-
 swoggled! I give you
 a fair trial....and you
 start off by lyin'!"

161*
"Your honor, you're not
 conducting this court
 with proper decorum
 and modus operandi."

162*
"I move the skunk be
 found guilty....and be
 sentenced to git hung!"

163*
"That's right! We can 
 argue the case after
 that's done."

164*
"Any more of you boys
 got the same notion?"

165*
"The notion's general!
 Git hung, boys!"

166*
"D'Arcy just carried
 one of them raiders
 upstairs."

167*
"We're after somebody,
 D'Arcy. Mind if we
 look 'round a bit?"

168*
"Wait a minute! He's
 this girl's brother! I 
 can explain things!"

169*
"The law's already dealed
 with him and his band."

170*
"He is not bad! Please,
 please, Señors...he is
 all I have left!"

171*
"They will hang
 him, too!"

172*
"If you got anything to
 say....say it! But I
 warn you....it won't
 do you no good!"

173*
"I'm with you, boys!
 String 'em all up!"

174* [small type]
"Knock me out of the saddle.
 Grab my horse....and ride
 for it."

175* [small type]
"Señor....take care of....
 my sister."

The End

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