By Vicente Pérez Rosales
Times long gone By is a set of short memoirs by means of Vincente Pérez Rosales during which he documents his diversified adventures in his local Chile, Argentina, France, Germany, and the Californian Gold Rush. half social and cultural background and half observation, this version is edited with an creation and chronology of Rosales' lifestyles through Professor Brian Loveman and translated via John H.R. Polt
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If the fringes of Santiago were garbage, what might one call the countryside beyond it, in view of the apathetic and self-satisfied character of 9 its solid citizens? Only the eastern valley of the town was, thanks to the waters of our Chilean Manzanares1 and of the sparkling brooks that flow from the foothills of the Andes, an authentic garden in comparison with the empty fields that stretched north, south, and west from our capital. The plain of Maipo, a veritable oven where the summer sun burned down unobstructed on the thirsty stonecutter, boasted only bleached-out rosemary bushes instead of trees, and puny ephimerous down instead of grass.
Pajonales. — A husband is responsible for his wife’s sins. — Fortuitous events that hastened the discovery of gold in California. — Brief biographical sketch of this captain of Swiss Guards in 1830. — His model colony. — Sutter’s hired hand Marshall discovers gold at Sonoma. — The effect that this news produced in Chile. — My voyage to California. — A rebellion on board, incited by Álvarez. — How later on I miraculously saved this same gentleman from the gallows. — The Golden Gate. — San Francisco Bay.
The Russians. — Francisco Javier Rosales. — Abd-el-Kader. — The End. 373 This page intentionally left blank I Why the Santiago of 1814 to 1822 can’t hold a candle to the Santiago of 1860. W hat sort of place was Santiago in 1814? What, back then, was this city that has grown so big for its age and that along with its more or less justified claims to metropolitan status still harbors the petty ways of a village? Apart from the wonderful Chilean sky and the impressive view of the Andes, the Santiago of 1814, the delight of its happy citizens, was, for the newly arrived foreigner, a remote and dismal town, whose low and crudely fashioned buildings, though neatly lined up along straight streets, lacked any architectural distinction.
Times gone by : memoirs of a man of action by Vicente Pérez Rosales