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At Cape Horn, the place the tune curves around the ledge of a precipice 2500 ft intensive, it truly is right to be nervous, and a way of protecting the breath and closing the eyes prevails, yet my fears have been reserved for the crossing of a trestle-bridge over a truly deep chasm, that is itself approached by means of a pointy curve. This bridge seemed to be overlapped by way of the autos with a view to produce the impact of having a look down at once right into a wild gulch, with a torrent raging alongside it at an important intensity less than. Shivering within the prepared, frosty air close to the summit-pass of the Sierras, we entered the ‘snow-sheds,’ wood galleries, which for approximately fifty miles close out the entire fantastic perspectives of the zone, as given in dioramas, no longer even permitting a glimpse of ‘the Gem of the Sierras,’ the beautiful Donner Lake. this kind of sheds is twenty-seven miles lengthy. In a couple of hours the mercury had fallen from 103° to 29°, and we had ascended 6987 ft in a hundred and five miles! After passing in the course of the sheds, we had numerous grand perspectives of a pine-forest on fireplace sooner than attaining Truckee at eleven P. M. , having travelled 258 miles. Truckee, the centre of the ‘lumbering sector’ of the Sierras, is generally spoken of as ‘a tough mountain town,’ and Mr W. had instructed me that each one the roughs of the district congregated there, that there have been nightly pistol affrays in bar-rooms, and so forth. , yet as he admitted girl was once definite of admire, and Mr G. strongly suggested me to stick and notice the lakes, I acquired out, a lot dazed, and extremely silly with sleep, envying the folk within the sleeping-car, who have been already subconscious on their sumptuous couches. The vehicles drew up in a highway – if highway which may be known as which was once just a large, cleared house, intersected via rails, with right here and there a stump, and nice piles of sawn logs bulking gigantic within the moonlight, and a few abnormal clap-board, steep-roofed homes, lots of them with open fronts, obvious with gentle and crowded with males. We had pulled up on the door of a coarse Western lodge, with open entrance, being a bar-room crowded with males ingesting and smoking, and the gap among it and the vehicles was once a relocating mass of loafers and passengers. at the tracks, engines, tolling heavy bells, have been mightily relocating, the glare from their cyclopean eyes dulling the sunshine of a woodland which was once burning fitfully on a mountain part; and on open areas nice fires of pine-logs have been burning cheerily, with teams of guys around them. A band used to be enjoying noisily, and the unholy sound of tom-toms used to be now not faraway. Mountains – the sierras of many a fireplace dream – looked as if it would wall within the city, and nice pines stood out, sharp and transparent reduce, opposed to a sky within which a moon and stars have been shining frostily. It used to be a pointy frost at that groovy top, and whilst an ‘irrepressible nigger,’ who appeared to signify the resort institution, deposited me and my carpet-bag in a room which spoke back for ‘the parlour,’ i used to be pleased to discover a few is still of pine knots nonetheless alight within the range. a guy got here in and stated that after the autos have been long past he may attempt to get me a room, yet they have been so complete that it might be a truly bad one.