Life on the Mississippi

Life on the Mississippi

BUT the basin of the Mississippi is the Body of The Nation. All the other parts are but members, important in themselves, yet more important in their relations to this. Exclusive of the Lake basin and of 300,000 square miles in Texas and New Mexico, which in many aspects form a part of it, this basin contains about 1,250,000 square miles. In extent it is the second great valley of the world, being exceeded only by that of the Amazon. The valley of the frozen Obi approaches it in extent; that of La Plata comes next in space, and probably in habitable capacity, having about eight-ninths of its area; then comes that of the Yenisei, with about seven-ninths; the Lena, Amoor, Hoang-ho, Yang-tse-kiang, and Nile, five-ninths; the Ganges, less than one-half; the Indus, less than one-third; the Euphrates, one-fifth; the Rhine, one-fifteenth. It exceeds in extent the whole of Europe, exclusive of Russia, Norway, and Sweden. It would contain austria four times, germany or spain five times, france six times, the british islands or italy ten times. Conceptions formed from the river-basins of Western Europe are rudely shocked when we consider the extent of the valley of the Mississippi; nor are those formed from the sterile basins of the great rivers of Siberia, the lofty plateaus of Central Asia, or the mighty sweep of the swampy Amazon more adequate. Latitude, elevation, and rainfall all combine to render every part of the Mississippi Valley capable of supporting a dense population. As a dwelling-place for civilized man it is by far the first upon our globe.


Life on the Mississippi, Baton Rouge

Table of Contents

Chapter I - The River and its History

Chapter II - The River and Its Explorers

Chapter III - Frescoes from the Past

Chapter IV - The Boys' Ambition

Chapter V - I Want to Be a Cub-pilot

Chapter VI - A Cub Pilot's Experience

Chapter VII - A Daring Deed

Chapter VIII - Perplexing Lessons

Chapter IX - Continued Perplexities

Chapter X - Completing My Education

Chapter XI - The River Rises

Chapter XII - Sounding

Chapter XIII - A Pilot's Needs

Chapter XIV - Rank and Dignity of Piloting

Chapter XV - The Pilots' Monopoly

Chapter XVI - Racing Days

Chapter XVII - Cut-offs and Stephen

Chapter XVIII - I Take a Few Extra Lessons

Chapter XIX - Brown and I Exchange Compliments

Chapter XX - A Catastrophe

Chapter XXI - A Section in My Biography

Chapter XXII - I Return to My Muttons

Chapter XXIII - Traveling Incognito

Chapter XXIV - My Incognito Is Exploded

Chapter XXV - From Cairo to Hickman

Chapter XXVI - Under Fire

Chapter XXVII - Some Imported Articles

Chapter XXVIII - Uncle Mumford Unloads

Chapter XXIX - A Few Specimen Bricks

Chapter XXX - Sketches by the Way

Chapter XXXI - A Thumb-print and What Came of It

Chapter XXXII - The Disposal of a Bandana

Chapter XXXIII - Refreshments and Ethics

Chapter XXXIV - Tough Yarns

Chapter XXXV - Vicksburg During the Trouble

Chapter XXXVI - The Professor's Yarn

Chapter XXXVII - The End of the "Gold Dust"

Chapter XXXVIII - The House Beautiful

Chapter XXXIX - Manufactures and Miscreants

Chapter XL - Castles and Culture

Chapter XLI - The Metropolis of the South

Chapter XLII - Hygiene and Sentiment

Chapter XLIII - The Art of Inhumation

Chapter XLIV - City Sights

Chapter XLV - Southern Sports

Chapter XLVI - Enchantments and Enchanters

Chapter XLVII - Uncle Remus and Mr. Cable

Chapter XLVIII - Sugar and Postage

Chapter XLVIX - Episodes in Pilot Life

Chapter L - The "Original Jacobs"

Chapter LI - Reminiscences

Chapter LII - A Burning Brand

Chapter LIII - My Boyhood's Home

Chapter LIV - Past and Present

Chapter LV - A Vendetta and Other Things

Chapter LVI - A Question of Law

Chapter LVII - An Archangel

Chapter LVIII - On the Upper River

Chapter LIX - Legends and Scenery

Chapter LX - Speculations and Conclusions


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