Chandler mentions the George Law disaster, and that he knew some who were on the ship. He finished working on "the big ditch Tunnell [sic]" and is now staying in Alpha with a young man. Chandler also suggests that he would like to stay two or three years if his claims pay well, and if he could convince Jane "that it is the most romantic place in the mountains." Chandler also wishes that Jane could see the camp and Chinese Cooks. Chandler writes that he "must give Cala [California] a good trial before [he] leaves her." Notations in pencil on the first page at the top read: “A mining camp described, Alpha diggings, ‘the most romantic place in the mountains.’” Pencil marks highlight certain parts of the text pertaining to the title.