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Found At Blazing Star
Bret Harte

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FOUND AT BLAZING STAR 

by Bret Harte 

The rain had only ceased with the gray streaks of morning at
Blazing Star, and the settlement awoke to a moral sense of
cleanliness, and the finding of forgotten knives, tin cups, and
smaller camp utensils, where the heavy showers had washed away the
debris and dust heaps before the cabin doors.  Indeed, it was
recorded in Blazing Star that a fortunate early riser had once
picked up on the highway a solid chunk of gold quartz which the
rain had freed from its incumbering soil, and washed into immediate
and glittering popularity.  Possibly this may have been the reason
why early risers in that locality, during the rainy season, adopted
a thoughtful habit of body, and seldom lifted their eyes to the
rifted or india-ink washed skies above them. 

"Cass" Beard had risen early that morning, but not with a view to
discovery.  A leak in his cabin roof,--quite consistent with his

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