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D. S. Jordan

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California and the Californians 

By
David Starr Jordan
President Stanford University 

The Californian loves his state because his state loves him.  He returns
her love with a fierce affection that to men who do not know California
is always a surprise.  Hence he is impatient of outside criticism.  Those
who do not love California cannot understand her, and, to his mind,
their shafts, however aimed, fly wide of the mark.  Thus, to say that
California is commercially asleep, that her industries are gambling
ventures, that her local politics is in the hands of professional
pickpockets, that her small towns are the shabbiest in Christendom, that
her saloons control more constituents than her churches, that she is the
slave of corporations, that she knows no such thing as public opinion,
that she has not yet learned to distinguish enterprise from highway
robbery, nor reform from blackmail, - all these statements, and others
even more unpleasant, the Californian may admit in discussion, or may

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