Life on the Mississippi, Part 3.

By Mark Twain

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...LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI

...

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...clerk would heave over neat
bundles of religious tracts, tied to shingles. The amount of hard
swearing...

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...rather liable to be treated to a couple of
times a year: by the December rise...

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...as a
general thing. Fill that whole region with an impenetrable gloom of
smoke from a hundred...

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...not better have X. called to assist in running the place,
when the door opened and...

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...shoal marks; the same patient, heedful use of leads and engines
followed, the boat slipped through...

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...old times,--one must be painfully circumspect in his
piloting. We used to have to 'sound' a...

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...gains the deep water beyond. Or maybe she doesn't; maybe
she 'strikes and swings.' Then she...

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...in the remote distance.

One trip a pretty girl of sixteen spent her time in our...

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...had been sent on a fool's errand to
fetch. Then that young girl said to me--

'Oh,...

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...was manned and away, to search for the
missing. Now a faint call was heard,...

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...noticed that the steamer was getting very close on him, but
that was the correct thing;...

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...pilot's peerless memory by the fickle Mississippi.

I think a pilot's memory is about the most...

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...the moment it was done. But you could if your
memory had been patiently and...

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...the lockjaw on the 15th. His brother died
two years after 3rd of March,--erysipelas. ...

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...pork and hay went up to. Pork
and hay would suggest corn and fodder; corn and...

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...served me in this fashion once, and for years afterward I used
to blush even in...

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...his
voice--

'Where is Mr. Bixby?'

'Gone below, sir.'

But that did the business for me. My imagination...

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...for I want you
to learn something by that experience. Didn't you KNOW there was no
bottom...

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...he chose,
and tie her up to the bank whenever his judgment said that that course
was...

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...four hundred dollars a month on
the Upper Mississippi, I have known a captain to keep...

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...who aired his
importance with balmy complacency, and was greatly courted by the circle
in which he...

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...where that man--and
his family--was. And reckless. There never was anything like it. Now
you may...

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...a good deal of current here.'

'Good deal don't describe it! It's worse than a...

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...to take correction
quietly.

Having now set forth in detail the nature of the science of piloting,
and...

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...pension
of twenty-five dollars per month. This began to bring in one straggler
after another from the...

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...absorbed
before. As business freshened, wages climbed gradually up to two
hundred and fifty dollars--the association...

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...is a matter between you and Mr. S----, captain. We
cannot meddle in your private affairs.'

The...

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...in a certain manner duly prescribed, his
question was politely ignored. From the association's secretary...

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...to tell him how to
run it. His information about it was seldom twenty-four hours old....

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...power behind the throne
that was greater than the throne itself. It was the underwriters!

It was...

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...be a difficult matter to elect them, but
it was accomplished at last. The most...

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...amending the
licensing system, steamboat owners would have to submit, since there
would be no help for...

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...the St.
Louis association put his hand into the till and walked off with every
dollar of...