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June 16th, 2010  |  Published in Bookstore

A newspaper clipping claiming to be "Bret Harte's First Poem, which was Written for, and Published in, the Humboldt Times," from July 25, 1857 (this clipping is a reprint from about 1905):

'Tis a town that is one of your queer kind of places

So noted for lumber and beautiful faces

There are dry goods and billiards, and shops where you victual

and every convenience—nor is it so little;

But once 'twas quite lost to the country around it,

And they called it "Eureka" to show that they found it.

(The rest of the poem is a rather forced rhyme about a drinking man and his bumbling attempts at wooing a young woman. I'll spare you, you've suffered enough already.)

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