The “Columbia (California) Gazette says that there are two considerable Indian villages in that vicinity at the present time, and the Indians, who looked as lean and gaunt as half-famished wolves during the past winter, now appear to be enjoying all the luxuries that an abundant supply of clover and an occasional supply of beef and bread can afford. The hills in the vicinity are verdant with nice, tender clover, which is devoured by these poor savages with as much gusto as an epicure would devour the most dainty dish. They gather the clover in baskets and prepare it for use by heating large stones and placing a layer ot clover well moistened between each layer of stones. It soon becomes ready for use, and each one of them will eat a supply of clover thus prepared, that would almost satisfy a horse.
This article was originally published with the title "Singular Nutriment of the “Digger Indians" in Scientific American 8, 42, 330 (July 1853)