Jan. 20. We had an excellent sermonfrom Job. "I know in whom I have believed."Returned, and attend theS. School.Jan. 21. 38 - 59 - 50. The morning was foggyuntil 9 o'clock, when the sun suddenlyappeared, and encouraged us, who hadbeen debating whether or not it wasbest for us to go to Dry town (to whichplace we had for a long time talkedof going) to make preparations for starting.We did so, and started between 11and 12 o'clock for that place. We crossedthe river at Mr. Athearn's, and soonafter began to ascend the hills. Betweenhere and Jackson valley, the road isquite hilly, and near the latter placethese began to swell into mountains.On these hills and mountains, wenoticed what appeared to be a waterline, at about the same height onall. This would naturally lead oneto think that there might have beena time when the country about wascovered with water to that level. If soit must have been many, many yearsago. Jackson valley we found lookingvery green and luxuriant. Farmers wereJan. 21. engaged in breaking up the soil,birds were singing and flying about sohappily. We saw there a family livingin an Emigrant wagon who had probablyjust arrived there from across theplains, and were intending to locatethere permanently. We next came toIone valley, watered well by SutterCreek, passed Ione City just at sunset.This is nothing more than a smallvillage, tho' it bears the name of city. Hereback of the City, we first saw indicationsof mining. The miners' cloth tents amongthe hills, I thought looked very prettily.Piles of dirt were thrown up wherethey had been digging, and othersigns were not wanting to convinceus that we were really in the neighborhoodof a mining district. We nextpassed Q Ranch house, and a short timeafter the moon rose beautifully, andwe proceeded to climb the hills by moonlight.These hills were covered with amost luxuriant growth of shrubs &under wood. We had been told a littleway back, that after following the roadfor two miles, we should come to a storewhere the people would direct us to
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