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The San Francisco Daily Morning Call, September 25, 1864


About seventy of the handsomest young ladies in the State marched in double file into the Fair Pavilion yesterday morning, broke ranks, deployed as skirmishers, and effected a bloodless capture of the place, at five minutes to eleven o'clock. It was observed that they seemed to take a deeper interest in the pianos and pictures, and especially in the laces and hair-oil and furs, than in the quartz mashers and patent grindstones. It is because their tastes are not fully developed yet, perhaps. They made the only good music that has been extracted from the fine pianos in the Art Gallery since those instruments have been condemned to public persecution in that place; they played "Sweet Home," with tender expression, and thought of lively Oakland, where they came from, and sighed for the turmoil and excitement of its busy thorough fares. This detachment of young ladies was from Mrs. Harmon's Pacific Female Seminary, one of the best schools in the State. It is situated about a mile from the city just named. Mr. McClure, Mr. Beldler, Miss Wills, Mrs. Harvey, Madame Parot, Miss Cameron, and perhaps other Teachers employed in the Seminary, accompanied Mrs. Harmon and her pupils to the Fair. We have ascertained that no young gentlemen pupils are wanted at present.

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