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UNDER THE REDWOODS 

JIMMY'S BIG BROTHER FROM CALIFORNIA 

As night crept up from the valley that stormy afternoon, Sawyer's
Ledge was at first quite blotted out by wind and rain, but
presently reappeared in little nebulous star-like points along the
mountain side, as the straggling cabins of the settlement were one
by one lit up by the miners returning from tunnel and claim.  These
stars were of varying brilliancy that evening, two notably so--one
that eventually resolved itself into a many-candled illumination of
a cabin of evident festivity; the other into a glimmering taper in
the window of a silent one.  They might have represented the
extreme mutations of fortune in the settlement that night: the
celebration of a strike by Robert Falloner, a lucky miner; and the
sick-bed of Dick Lasham, an unlucky one. 

The latter was, however, not quite alone.  He was ministered to by
Daddy Folsom, a weak but emotional and aggressively hopeful

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