Caleb Catlum's America: The Enlivening Wonders of His Adventures, Voyages, Discoveries, Loves, Hoaxes, Bombast and Rigmaroles in All Parts of America, from His Birth in 1798 Almost to the Present Year, Told by Himself

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CALEB CATLUM'S AMERICA

THE ENLIVENING WONDERS OF HIS ADVENTURES, VOYAGES, DISCOVERIES, LOVES, HOAXES, BOMBAST AND RIGMAROLES IN ALL PARTS OF AMERICA, FROM HIS BIRTH IN 1798 ALMOST TO THE PRESENT YEAR, TOLD BY HIMSELF; TOGETHER WITH A SURPRISING ACCOUNT OF HIS FAMILY FROM ERIC THE RED CATLUM'S DISCOVERY OF AMERICA TO THEIR VANISHMENT IN THE COUNTRY OF THE GREAT CAVE, INCLUDING THE TALE OF THE MAN SAWED UP FOR FIREWOOD, THE RAPE OF THE TEMPERATE ZONE, AND A THOUSAND TRICKS OF LOVEMAKING.

EDITED WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY VINCENT McHUGH

ILLUSTRATED BY GEORG T. HARTMANN

STACKPOLE SONS

NEW YORK HARRISBURG, PA.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 5
  • Acknowledgments 9
  • Introduction: Memory of the Oldest Inhabitant 13
  • 1. Seals and Geese 23
  • 2. a Haul of Flying Pigs 27
  • 3. My Pop a Grommet-Hunter 33
  • 4. Mom Speaks Her Piece : 39
  • 5. Eric the Red and Ponce De Leon 44
  • 6. Mom Concludes I Am Et by a Bear 50
  • 7 54
  • 8 58
  • 9. the Girls of Boston 63
  • 10. a Letter from Pop Recommending Me to Dr. B. Franklin in Philadelphia Goodbye to Fancy and Aunt Roberta the Old Tory 71
  • 11. I Leave Uncas in New York 75
  • 12. No Mazuma 87
  • 13. Down into Virginia : 93
  • 14. a Frontier Station 100
  • 15. the Streets of Hell : 107
  • 16. Big Muddy 114
  • 17. Memphis-Under-The-Hill 124
  • 18. Life on the Lever 129
  • 19 138
  • 20. a Bed of Roses 142
  • 21. Barney the Prodigal : 146
  • 22. John Henry Pushes the Keelboat Upriver : 153
  • 23. Lewis and Clark at St. Louis : 160
  • 24. Hide-And-Seek in the Thousand Islands 164
  • 25. a Chin-Pest in Charing Cross's Lodge 169
  • 26. News of a Big River 175
  • 27. Head of Navigation : 180
  • 28. I Make Chowder from Beavers' : 184
  • 29. Hankering for the Womenfolks : 188
  • 30. Rain in California 193
  • 31. John Henry Eats a Mess of Limpets and Shrinks Down to Man-Size 197
  • 32. Ten Thousand Seals : 203
  • 33. the Yankee Brig 208
  • 34. Rothschilds and Belindas 214
  • 35. Greenwich Village 216
  • 36. Mi-Mi-Mi-Mi-Mi 220
  • 37. One Hundred and Fifty Million Per Annum 224
  • 38. I Take John Henry Down a Peg Full Gale to Lollapaloosa : 229
  • 39. John Henry's Lilac Suit : 236
  • 40. Uncas a Father of Babes : 240
  • 41. Nothing but a Breeze 246
  • 42. I Plan to Go A-Whaling 251
  • 43. Aunt Roberta Again 255
  • 44 261
  • 45 265
  • 46 269
  • 47. Last of Spreckles 273
  • 48. Grandpop a Playboy 279
  • 49. We Start Out with Grandpop's Thingumajigs : 283
  • 50. Telegraph Poles 288
  • 51. Aboard the Famous Eclipse 293
  • 52. the Civil War : 299
  • 53. the Catlum Womenfolks Nursing for Both Sides 302
  • 54. Craze for Railroading the Gold Spike 307
  • 55. Milly's Lonesome Ballads : 315
  • 56. Me and Goldir Drive Down to Fisk's Grand Opera House : 319
  • 57. Frogs' Legs for George 323
  • 58. Me and Goldie Light Out West 328
  • 59. the Country Goes Trader 333
  • 60. the Big Pow-Wow 336
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