By Reuben Gold Thwaites
Nineteenth-century American go back and forth literature offers interesting glimpses into the lives of normal humans and into the heritage of the nation's payment. Reuben Gold Thwaites's Afloat at the Ohio is an exceptional instance of the style, wealthy in Ohio River personalities, legends, and historical past as noticeable via Thwaites's eyes. His six-week trip through skiff coated one thousand miles from Redstone, Pennsylvania, to Cairo, Illinois, the place the Ohio River meets the Mississippi. Thwaites's voyage echoes these taken by way of early explorers, pioneers, and settlers who unfolded the West via river commute from the East.This variation is a reprinting of the unique 1897 edition.
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New SwitzerlandAn Old-Time River PilotHouseboat Life on the Lower ReachesA Philosopher in RagsWooded SolitudesArrival at Louisville. 202 Chapter XVII. Storied LouisvilleRed Indians and WhiteA Night on Sand IslandNew AlbanyRiverside HermitsThe River FallingA Deserted VillageAn Ideal Camp. 218 Chapter XVIII. Village LifeA Traveling PhotographerOn a Country RoadStudies in ColorAgain Among ColliersIn Sweet ContentA Ferry Romance. 233 Chapter XIX. Fishermen's TalesSkiff NomenclatureGreen RiverEvansvilleHendersonAudubon and RafinesqueFloating ShopsThe Wabash.
W and our Boy of ten summers, on their canvas folding-cots, were peacefully oblivious of the noises of the night, and needed the kiss of dawn to rouse them. But for me, always a light sleeper, and as yet unused to our airy bedroom, the crickets chirruped through the long watches. Two or three freighters passed in the night, with monotonous swish-swish and swelling wake. It arouses something akin to awe, this passage of a steamer's wake upon the beach, a dozen feet from the door of one's tent. First, the water is sucked down, leaving for a moment a wet streak of sand or gravel, a dozen Page 10 feet in width; in quick succession come heavy, booming waves, running at an acute angle with the shore, breaking at once into angry foam, and wasting themselves far up on the strand, for a few moments making bedlam with any driftwood which chances to have made lodgment there.
The hills are not as high as hitherto, and are more broken. Yet they have a certain majestic sweep, and for the most part are forest-mantled from base to summit. Between them the river winds with noble grace, continually giving us fresh vistas, often of surpassing loveliness. The bottoms are broader now, and frequently semicircular, with fine farms Page 42 upon them, and prosperous villages nestled in generous groves. Many of the houses betoken age, or what passes for it in this relatively new country, being of the colonial pattern, with fan-shaped windows above the doors, Grecian pillars flanking the front porch, and wearing the air of comfortable respectability.