3. AROUND THE BIG BEND. (On the Shasta Route.) At the eighteenth crossing of the Sacramento River, the ruggedness of the country has made it necessary for the road and the river to part company, and in the climb around the Big Bend some of the most picturesque canon scenery of the whole country is displayedsuch as the Sacramento Canon, the River, Scott Mountains, etc. By the bluffs of basalt and banks of lava to be seen here. one realizes his near approach to the old volcano. Indeed, these are the foothills of Shasta.
4. THE "SOLANO." The transfer-boat "Solano," plying and carrying railroad trains between Port Costa and Benicia, over the Straits of Carquinez, is said to be the largest craft of her class ever built. Length, 424 feet; extreme width over guards, 116 feet; registered tonnage, 3541 tons.