|Territory & Statehood|
"And now, for your other questions, which shall be answered tersely, promptly, and to the point: First -- "Do I go to church every Sunday?" Answer -- "Scarcely." Second -- "Have you a church in Carson?" We have -- a Catholic one -- but, to use a fireman's expression, I believe "they don't run her now." We have also Protestant service nearly every Sabbath in the school house. Third -- "Are there many ladies in Carson?" Multitudes -- probably the handsomest in the world. Fourth -- "Are the citizens generally moral and religious?" Prodigiously so. Fifth -- "When my old friends ask me how you like Nevada, what reply shall I make?" Tell them I am delighted with it. It is the dustiest country on the face of the earth -- but I rather like dust. And the days are very hot -- but you know I am fond of hot days. And the nights are cold -- but one always sleeps well under blankets. And it never rains here -- but I despise a country where rain and mud are fashionable. And there are no mosquitoes here -- but I can get along without them. And there are scorpions here -- and tarantulas, or spiders as big as a mouse -- but I am passionately fond of spiders. Tell them I never liked any country so well before -- and my word for it, you will tell them the truth."
Nevada Historical Society