||Career, Romance, and l%nzily last car while they were yet in motion. It was up hill and a long train of freight cars in front. During the stops in Nevada there were Indian children always on hand with their bows and arrows to shoot for nickels. Often there would be waits for hours in order to let the fast trains through. When the call for all aboard came, there was no rush such as one sees on the Overland Limited. The stops at the lunch stations always al- lowed plenty of time for a good meal. As the station was approached the signal to cling tight to the seats came by the bumping of each car as it hit the one in front. And the bump, bump, bump, could be heard long before it reached our car. If you didn't have hold of something you might go into the lap of the one opposite. Those days the cars were connected by links and pins which played between the buffers. This trip was a wonderful experience to a boy that had lived in a small town all his life. As we climbed the Sierras and passed through the snow sheds the journey was long and slow. Then the run down through the old fields where the placer mining was done, into the Sacramento valley. As the train stopped at the stations, children with baskets of fruits, figs, grapes, oranges and lemons, and flowers, were on the plat- forms ready for customers. Never before had I had a good fill of California grapes. And they were cheap, too, - all one could eat for five cents? I had resolved that I would eat to satisfaction of the following: fresh salmon, oranges, grapes and bananas, which I managed to live up to when I arrived. 8 Harwood loved grapes, painted grapes, and ate them with a relish he re- membered vividly forty years later. He submitted a painting of grapes to the Cali- fornia School of Design for application to the school, a painting much like the work of mid-to-later nineteenth century immigrant American still-life specialists. A "novel aspect of the mid-century aesthetic was the belief in and insistence on `truth to nature' in still-life as in all other realms. This led to the partial re- placement of the table-top arrangement by the natural setting - fruits, nuts and flowers appearing in a landscape [as in the Harwood], sometimes not yet `picked' but still growing [also like the Harwood]." William H. Gerdts and Russell Burke, Ameknn Still-Life Pnilzting (New York: Praeger Publishers, 1971), 66, 73; Robert S. Olpin, Americm Phzting Around 1850 (Salt Lake City: Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 1976), 6-7, no. 20.