Category Archives: Bret Harte

A Sleeping Car Experience by Bret Harte

This short story by Bret Harte tells of an overheard conversation in a Pullman sleeping-car about the rise and fall of an undertaker. This story was abridged.

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Jeff Briggs Love Story by Bret Harte

Jeff Briggs is the proprietor of a wayside inn, the Half-way House. One night during a violent storm stagecoach driver Yuba Bill and a male passenger come in. The man’s wife and daughter are still in the coach which is … Continue reading

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Mliss by Bret Harte

In the mining town of Smith’s Pocket Mliss (Melissa) has grown up without a mother and with a drunk for a father. She shows up at the school house and announces she wants an education. Between Mliss and the school … Continue reading

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The Luck of Roaring Camp by Bret Harte

The only woman in a California mining camp dies giving birth. As any of the men could have been the father, they do the right thing and become the babies collective parent. There really was a place called Roaring Camp … Continue reading

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The Outcasts of Poker Flat by Bret Harte

The mining community of Poker Flat decides to expel 6 people. Two of them make it as far as the nearest tree. The remaining four are Oakhurst the gambler, Uncle Billy, town drunk and suspected sluice robber, and two professional … Continue reading

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The Society Upon the Stanislaus by Bret Harte

A humorous poem about a short lived society of men who favored brawls over polite discussion. The Stanislaus River flows from the Sierras down to the Central Valley of California where it joins the San Joaquin River. The city of … Continue reading

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