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7 > Page 7 of Adrift in the wilds, or, The adventures of two shipwrecked boys / by Edward S. Ellis.

HO, FOR CALIFORNIA. some apprehensions regarding Mr. Brandon's ability to weather the storm, but he could not be aware of his financial crash, as it had only become known on the street within the last twenty-four hours. Mr. Brandon deemed it proper, therefore, before closing with the offer, to acquaint his brother-in-law with his circum- stances, that he might fully understand the disadvantage under which he would be placed by the new partner- ship. The letter was written and duly posted, and our friends rather anxiously awaited the answer. It came in the gratifying form of a draft for 1,000 to defray "his necessary expenses," and an urgent entreaty to start without delay. The advice was acted upon, and within two weeks of the reception of the second letter, Mr. Brandon and his wife were on board the steamer at New York, with their state-rooms engaged for California. They had but one child, Elwood, whom they had placed at a private school where he was to prepare himself for college, in company with his cousin, Howard Lawrence, who had been sent from California by his father and had entered the school at the same time. Mr. Brandon learned that Mr. Lawrence was a brother indeed. The position in which the two men were placed proved so favorable to the former that in a few years he found himself almost as wealthy as in his palmiest days, when his name was such a power in Wall Street. He had come to like the young and growing State of Cali- fornia, and ere he had been there two years both him- 7