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Leon Ponce
一个加州人唱着当时淘金客常唱的歌曲

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"淘金者的一天(The Days of Forty-Nine)," 一首古老的淘金热歌曲

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拓荒者在沙加缅度 (Sacramento) 的生活
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柏克向玛丽描述沙加缅度的成长,说那里「除了帐棚之外,还有超过800栋的高楼」。他还说 ,加州的天气真的很好:「今天是星期天,你那里可能是阴沉的十一月,但是这里却是阳光普照,没有冷到需要暖炉。」虽然柏克充满抱负,但是他还是无法克制思念家乡的情绪,他说:「我应该会在感恩节时回家。我想你应该有时间帮我作一个馅饼吧!记得要写信告诉我你的近况,我迫不及待想要再跟全家人一起过感恩节了。」你有没有想过你的家乡呢?如果你是一个淘金客,你会不会和法兰克林.柏克有一样的感受?

Buck described for Mary the growing town of Sacramento City, consisting of "more than 800 framed buildings, besides the tents." The California weather, he told her, was great. "Today is Sunday. Gloomy November, probably, with you, but here the weather is splendid, not cold enough to need a fire." Despite his enthusiasm, Buck could not conceal his homesickness, and how he missed his family. "I should like to be at home on Thanksgiving Day. I suppose you have had or will have one about this time. (Bake me a turnover!) Be sure and write me all about it. I look forward with great pleasure to spending a Thanksgiving with all the family once more in my life." Have you ever felt homesick? If you were a forty-niner, would you have felt like Franklin Buck?
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CREDIT: Cowell, Sidney Robertson, photographer. "Leon Ponce, Half-Length Portrait, Photograph." 1939. California Gold: Northern California Folk Music from the Thirties, American Memory collections, Library of Congress.
AUDIO CREDIT: Ponce, Leon, performer. "The Days of Forty-Nine." Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell, July 31, 1939. California Gold: Northern California Folk Music from the Thirties, American Memory collections, Library of Congress.