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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Life On The Mississippi, Complete by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at Title: Life On The Mississippi, Complete Author: Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) Release Date: August 20, 2006 [EBook #245] Last Updated: February 24, 2018 Language: English Character set encoding: UTF-8 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI, COMPLETE *** Produced by David Widger. Earliest PG text edition produced by Graham Allan LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI By Mark Twain TABLE OF CONTENTS CHAPTER I. The Mississippi is Well worth Reading about.--It is Remarkable.--Instead of Widening towards its Mouth, it grows Narrower.--It Empties four hundred and six million Tons of Mud.--It was First Seen in 1542.--It is Older than some Pages in European History.--De Soto has the Pull.--Older than the Atlantic Coast.--Some Half-breeds chip in.--La Salle Thinks he will Take a Hand. CHAPTER II. La Salle again Appears, and so does a Cat-fish.--Buffaloes also.--Some Indian Paintings are Seen on the Rocks.--“The Father of Waters “does not Flow into the Pacific.--More History and Indians. --Some Curious Performances--not Early English.--Natchez, or the Site of it, is Approached. CHAPTER III. A little History.--Early Commerce.--Coal Fleets and Timber Rafts.--We start on a Voyage.--I seek Information.--Some Music.--The Trouble begins.--Tall Talk.--The Child of Calamity.--Ground and lofty Tumbling.--The Wash-up.--Business and Statistics.--Mysterious Band.--Thunder and Lightning.--The Captain speaks.--Allbright weeps.--The Mystery settled.--Chaff.--I am Discovered.--Some Art-work proposed.--I give an Account of Myself.--Released. CHAPTER IV. The Boys' Ambition.--Village Scenes.--Steamboat Pictures. --A Heavy Swell.--A Runaway. CHAPTER V. A Traveller.--A Lively Talker.--A Wild-cat Victim
CHAPTER VI. Besieging the Pilot.--Taken along.--Spoiling a Nap.--Fishing for a Plantation.--“Points” on the River.--A Gorgeous Pilot-house. CHAPTER VII. River Inspectors.--Cottonwoods and Plum Point.--Hat-Island Crossing.--Touch and Go.--It is a Go.--A Lightning Pilot CHAPTER VIII. A Heavy-loaded Big Gun.--Sharp Sights in Darkness.--Abandoned to his Fate.--Scraping the Banks.--Learn him or Kill him. CHAPTER IX. Shake the Reef.--Reason Dethroned.--The Face of the Water. --A Bewitching Scene.-Romance and Beauty. CHAPTER X. Putting on Airs.--Taken down a bit.--Learn it as it is.--The River Rising. CHAPTER XI. In thg Tract Business.--Effects of the Rise.--Plantations gone.--A Measureless Sea.--A Somnambulist Pilot.--Supernatural Piloting.--Nobody there.--All Saved. CHAPTER XII. Low Water.--Yawl sounding.--Buoys and Lanterns.--Cubs and Soundings.--The Boat Sunk.--Seeking the Wrecked. CHAPTER XIII. A Pilot's Memory.--Wages soaring.--A Universal Grasp.--Skill and Nerve.--Testing a “Cub.”--“Back her for Life.”--A Good Lesson.

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