In days of old, when California was young, it was rife with Spanish chivalry and romance. No story more beautiful and pathetic has ever been known or conceived than the love of Rosita Peroso and Jose Martina. Rosita and Jose are of the peasantry, poor and happy. The youth loves the girl most dearly. She is beautiful and does not escape the notice of the knights of the Spanish nobility, who would fain make love to her. One, Don Sylvia, of the Spanish Guards, passing through California, charmed by Rosita's beauty, makes love to her, hastily proposes and seals their betrothal with one of his jeweled decorations. Jose, who has heard of Don Sylvia, and marks his attention to Rosita. Jealousy warns her against him and angrily takes the jewel from her and throws it away. The girl tells her parents of her promise to marry Don and they are pleased, giving no heed to Jose, when he tells them that the Don is a profligate and libertine. They are so elated with the match they drive Jose from their...
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