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Flip: A California Romance
Bret Harte

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FLIP: A CALIFORNIA ROMANCE 

by Bret Harte 

CHAPTER I 

Just where the track of the Los Gatos road streams on and upward
like the sinuous trail of a fiery rocket until it is extinguished
in the blue shadows of the Coast Range, there is an embayed terrace
near the summit, hedged by dwarf firs.  At every bend of the heat-
laden road the eye rested upon it wistfully; all along the flank of
the mountain, which seemed to pant and quiver in the oven-like air,
through rising dust, the slow creaking of dragging wheels, the
monotonous cry of tired springs, and the muffled beat of plunging
hoofs, it held out a promise of sheltered coolness and green
silences beyond.  Sunburned and anxious faces yearned toward it
from the dizzy, swaying tops of stagecoaches, from lagging teams
far below, from the blinding white canvas covers of "mountain
schooners," and from scorching saddles that seemed to weigh down

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