Roughing it

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American Publishing Company, 1873 - 591 pages
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In this 1872, Twain reminisces about his five years of roaming around the country from 1861 to 1866. This edition contains the complete original text plus the original illustrations. Though pricey, this volume should be considered for collections specializing in Twain. Read full review

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Twain couldda left the Hawaii parts out of it - the book gets draggy here - but the rest is pure genius.
The silver mines and the stagecoach parts all provided some new insight to me, and since I
live now in some of the same area where he was, and have fished in others (Frogtown, Calvaras, San Andreas) I have a deeper appreciation of him, his travels and travails.
The dialog is obviously 'dated' with their local and period-correct jargon, and that's a pearl of great value to me too. Archaic words and phraseology identify the book as a 'been there-saw it-wrote about it' tome of personal accomplishment (survival comes to mind) and technical details keep me in awe of his powers of observation and gettin' it onto paper.
Congratulate him you will when you read it.
 

Contents

Meditation
32
On Business
33
Illustrations
35
CHAPTER IV
37
Thied Trip of the Inarhidoud
41
An Heieloom
42
New AcquaintancesThe CayoteA Dogs ExperiencesA Disgusted
48
CHAPTER VII
60
1S Dionified Enile lit DRINKING SHMGULLION 20 A Jore without Cream 21 Pullman Car Dinino Saloon 22 Our Morning Ride 23 Prairie Dogs 2...
65
A Wonderful
68
Dverland CityCrossing the PlatteBemiss Buffalo HuntAssault
70
Indian Country
75
A Proposed Fist Fight
81
Tailpiece
84
4 Unappreciated Politeness
88
CHAPTER XI
90
SO Otnt norsc 172
92
CHAPTER XII
97
CHAPTER XIII
108
CHAPTER XIV
114
C3 Favorite Wife and D 4
120
CHAPTER XVI
127
CHAPTER XVII
136
Alkali DesertRomance of Crossing DispelledAlkali Dust Effect
142
Hie Digger Indians Compared with the Bushmen of AfricaFood
148
The Great American DesertForty Miles on BonesLakes Without
155
CHAPTER XXII
168
CHAPTER XXIV
178
YOU MIGHT THINK HIM AN AMERICAN HORSE
179
Unexpected Elevation
180
universally unsrttled
181
Riding the Pluo
182
Wanted Exercise
183
BorROWlNO MADE EASY
186
110 Satisfactory Vouchers
190
Nreds Peating for
191
Map of Toll Roads
192
CHAPTER XXVI
193
Unloading Silver Bricrs
194
View in Humroldt Mountains
196
Going to Humroldt
199
Ballous Bedfellow
201
Pleasures of Camping Out
202
Tns Secrrt Search
205
Cast your Eye on that
207
Arrive at the MountainsBuilding Our CabinMy First Prospecting Tour
209
Weve got it
210
Incipient Millionaires
212
ItocKBTailPiece
216
Farewell Swret River
218
The Rescue
219
CHAPTER XXXI
221
Mr Areansas
222
An Armed Ally
225
Ceossing the Flood
227
Advance in a Ciecle
229
The Songster
231
CHAPTER XXXII
232
IN A Flat Failure
233
The Last Match
234
DiScarded Vices
236
FlamesTailpiece an 126 Camping in the Snow Full Page Face Page
238
It was thus we met
240
About CarsonGeneral BuncombeHyde vs MorganHow Hyde Lost
241
Taring Possession
242
A Great Effort 844
244
Rearranging and Shifting 216
246
New Travelling CompanionAll Full and No AccommodationsHow Cap
248
We left Lamented
249
Picture of Townsends Tunnel
250
On a Secrrt Expedition
263
2C A limn PrivateTailPiece 263 A Moderx Funeral 403
264
AP V8SENCEB
265
Lare Mong Full Page Face Page265 140 Rather Soapy
266
Going into The Mountains FullPage Poyt
267
A Model Boarding House
268
Visit to the Islands in Lake MonoAshes and DesolationLife Amid Death
270
Life amid Death
271
CHAPTER XL
277
fi Worth a Million
280
A Rheumatic PatientDay DreamsAn Unfortunate StumbleI Leave Sud
288
CHAPTER XLIII
299
Flush TimesPlenty of StockEditorial PullingStocks Given McSwing
312
The Nabobs of Those DaysJohn Smith as a TravelerSudden WealthA
327
The First TwentySix Graves in NevadaThe Prominent Men of the County
339
Contexts
347
CHAPTER LI
360
CHAPTER LII
376
Jim Blaine and his Grandfathers Rant Filkins MistakeOld Miss Wagner
382
Miss Wacnt e
383
The Monument
389
CHAPTER LIV
391
Tired of Virginia CityAn Old SchoolmateA Two Years LoanActing
398
Faerweli and Accident
401
FlagTailPiece
407
Off for San FranciscoWestern and Eastern LandscapesThe Hottest place
408
Saceamento and There Ilour s Away
413
The Gracr of a Kangaeoo
420
We Will Omit the Benediction
426
A Loos in at the Window
432
CHAPTER LX
435
BTBIK1NO A Poceet
438
Bound for the Sandwich IslandsThe Three CaptainsThe Old AdmiralHis
443
The Tuber CaftaiNS 415
448
CHAPTER LXIII
454
Scene on the Sandwich Islands
455
Looring TOB MiscniEf
461
CHAPTER LXV
465
Sit Down to Listen
467
Sandwich Island Oiki
474
A Saturday AfternoonSandwich Island Girls on a FrolicThe Poi Merchant
479
CHAPTER LXVIII
490
A Royal FuneralOrder of ProcessionPomp and CeremonyA Striking
498
KvexinoTailPiece
503
The Demented
505
Discussing Turnips 537
507
A Droll CharacterMrs Beazcly and Her SonMeditations on Turnips
512
Grerleys Lrtter
514
The Ghostly TJuilders
518
On Guaed
519
Brearing The Taru
521
Native CanoesSurf BathingA SanctuaryHow BuiltThe Queens Rock
524
Burf Bathing
526
City or Refuge
527
The Querns Boce
531
The Pillar of Fire
534
The Crater
535
Visit to the VolcanoThe CraterPillar of FireMagnificent SpectacleA
536
Brore Through 5T 281 Fill Fountains 513
543
A ReminiscenceAnother Horse StoryMy Ride with the Retired Milk
544
A View in the Iao Valley Full Tage Pace Iasc
547
Magnificent Eport 513
551
Leaving Worr
553
A Curious CharacterA Series f StoriesSad Fate of a LiarEvidence
557
Tail piece 537
561
My Threr Parqurtte Allies
562
Return to San FranciscoShip AmusementsPreparing for LecturingVal
563
A Predicament 501
567
A Brief Sketch of Mormon History 672
572
Concerning a Frightful Assassination that was never Consummated
580

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