San Francisco was no longer the legendary city of 1849--a city of banditti, assassins, and incendiaries, who had flocked hither in crowds
in pursuit of plunder; a paradise of outlaws, where they gambled with gold-dust, a revolver in one hand and a bowie-knife in the other: it was now a great commercial emporium.
The stupefaction of the crowd
was indescribable as they saw one of their waganga thus whirled away into space.
had been waiting since daybreak for three things: noonday, the embassy from Flanders, the mystery play.
As he stood thus, a stone struck his arm of a sudden with a sharp jar, and, turning, he saw that an angry crowd
of men had followed him from the wrestling ring.
He raised his eyes from the ghastly object of his attention and saw himself the center of a crowd
of men and women dimly seen; the room was thronged with them.
Presently three men left the crowd
on the sidewalk as if by a common impulse and crossed the street.
On the bridge of the steamer, in the midst of the crowd
, he bustled to and fro, never still for a moment, "dragging his anchors," as the sailors say, gesticulating, making free with everybody, biting his nails with nervous avidity.
On the right side of the warm church, in the crowd
of frock coats and white ties, uniforms and broadcloth, velvet, satin, hair and flowers, bare shoulders and arms and long gloves, there was discreet but lively conversation that echoed strangely in the high cupola.
Those who were nearest him made comments to each other, and vented threats and murmurings; those who were outside the crowd
cried, 'Silence,' and Stand back,' or closed in upon the rest, endeavouring to make a forcible exchange of places: and so they came driving on in a very disorderly and irregular way, as it is the manner of a crowd
He is down upon the pavement; and the crowd
eagerly gather round him: each new comer, jostling and struggling with the others to catch a glimpse.
The Pickwickians had no sooner dismounted than they were surrounded by a branch mob of the honest and independent, who forthwith set up three deafening cheers, which being responded to by the main body (for it's not at all necessary for a crowd
to know what they are cheering about), swelled into a tremendous roar of triumph, which stopped even the red-faced man in the balcony.
But at once there was an outbreak of laughter and exclamations in the crowd