Excerpt from The King's Highway: A Romance of the Franciscan Order in Alta California On a yellow autumn day in the year of Our Lord 1806, Don Miguel first came to San Juan Capistra, and the miracle of his coming was so great that for years it rivalled in popularity the stories of the saints and the outlaws. For where there is t only a miracle, but a mystery also, the thing is t forgotten soon. And so it was with Don Miguel, for the story of his coming reads like a page from some old romance. September was always a glorious month in Alta California, and in the year 1806, the saints had t decreed otherwise. Over sleepy San Juan valley drifted a faint, gold mist that blended the kaleidoscopic colors of tawny hills, blue sea-water and green meadows into a delicious maze like the tones in a cathedral window. Across the green floor of the upper valley mottled sycamores trailed like slim, gray snakes, the yellow glory of their fallen leaves below them. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.