FOREIGN RELATIONS: The Spirit of San Francisco

Every newcomer to San Francisco is overtaken with a sense of complete be wilderment. The mind, however it may be prepared for an astonishing condition of affairs, cannot immediately push aside its old instincts of value and ideas of business, letting all past experience go for naught . . . There is a period when it wears neither the old nor the new phase, but the vanishing images of one and the growing perceptions of the other . . .

blended in painful and misty confusion.

— Bayard Taylor, New York Tribune, reporting the...

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