San Francisco, California, May 16, 1870, Volume 1, Number 1.


[From our City Correspondent.]

Editors Slavonian: --Will you please allow me, through the columns of your enterprising journal, to give to our Slavonian friends a few sketches of Californian life, such as may be seen by one who looks occasionally from amidst books upon the great book of nature. In my rambles up and down the land I have seen many things of interest, and to those who have friends in this distant region a glimpse of our mountains and valleys, our cities and villages, and, indeed, our every day life, may not come amiss.

California presents itself under so many different aspects, of climate and production, that a description of one part of the State does not accord with another section only ten miles distant. In no part of the world can there be a greater diversity of vegetation within so few degrees of latitude. San Francisco, as a centre, can collect almost every variety of the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdom from within the boundaries of her own State. No part of the world is so little understood as California, for every traveler who has written for the edification of his friends has simply described that part of the State in which he made his abode, thus ignoring the existence of any peculiarities which did not fall under his own eye. Thus the accounts given by one person differ entirely from those given by another, and yet each is true. The seasons vary here as in no other part of the world; the cold, damp winds prevailing during the summer months, and the balmy breezes refreshing us during the winter. Yet, in the midst of these cold winds, we indulge in the juicy strawberry, the delicate flavor of the peach, and lusciousness of the grape. When suffering from either too much or too little heat, or cold, nothing more is needed than such a journey as can be made in a couple of hours and we breathe another temperature – w e know another climate. Is it to be wondered at that, amid such changes, some of those who have visited us are accused of relating Munchausen stories?

I shall endeavor to give sketches of those portions of the State pertaining immediately to San Francisco, and as we ascend to the mountain tops, or descend into the valleys, we shall note the changes of climate and vegetation, and be able to give definite information of various localities. As San Francisco is the starting point for all other places in the State, we will first examine its environs and see what we can find that is interesting. In another letter I shall attempt to give you some idea of our city, which looks towards the setting sun.


San Francisco, May 3d, 1870.


Manufactory of Superior


At No. 510 Broadway, near Kearny Street.

John Bollman, Proprietor.