The blacksmith dropped his hammer, the carpenter his plane, the mason his trowel, the farmer his sickle, the baker his loaf, and the tapster his bottle. All were off for the mines, some on horses, some on carts, and some on crutches, and one went in a litter.
For the State of California, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943). Quoting Walter Colton, alcalde of Monterey (1848). California: A Guide to the Golden State (The WPA Guide to California), p. 54, Hastings House (1939).
On the reaction in California to the discovery of gold at Coloma, January 1848.