I'm reading this book on my Kindle app to learn about the treatment of the American Indian in California. It's quite an eye opening read. I don't remember reading any of this in my American History class in high school.
A second quote, "The laboring or field Indians about the fort are fed upon the offal (entrails or internal organs) of slaughtered animals, and upon the bran sifted from the ground wheat. This was placed in wooden troughs standing in the court, around which the several messes seat themselves and scoop out with their hands this poor fodder. It was hardly the "good soup", roasted and fried meat dishes with onions, bread, cheese, butter and melons, that Sutter served Bryant in seperate courses on china with silver utensils that evening."