History and directory of Riverside County, California
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It is idle to speculate on the appearance of the country now comprising Riverside, or on the character of its inhabitants, a hundred years ago. Doubtless the children of the forest, whose descendants were found lure when the present lords of the soil look possession, held peaceable and undisputed ownership. They ale and drank — they loved and hated — they lived and died as their forefathers had done, little dreaming, perhaps, that the day was drawing nigh when the parched plains and sterile soil, that refused to yield its products to their primitive system of cultivation, was soon to burst forth into beauty and magnificence unequalled in any other part of the world.