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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THE BIG POW-WOW : : SOME FOR MOVING AND SOME FOR FIGHTING : : ABE LINCOLN TAKES A STAND : : ELLIE SHE FAVORS THE SOUTH SEAS : : GRANDPOP FOR THE MEXICAN GALS : : MOM SHE WON'T STIR A STEP OUT THE COUNTRY : : A COUPLE OF NEW WORLDS UP MY SLEEVE : : I TROT 'EM OUT : : THE COUNTRY OF THE GREAT CAVE : : WE PUT 'ER TO A VOTE : : TORCHLIGHT PROCESSION : : THE NAMES OF MY KINFOLK : : THE LAST STRAGGLER

THAT night we made our camp in a high place, with supper-fires starting up far as the eye could reach and scouts out all 'round 'em. After supper Pop called a big Powwow 'round the council-fire and people kept coming in and setting down 'round it till they was thousands of 'em ranged out every which way under the stars.

Then Pop he got up and told 'em the way things was and asked 'em what they figured we ought to do. He says he wanted the opinion of the majority. Wasn't a second later the whole place begun sounding like a dog-fight, with everybody talking and howling and hooting to once. Soon's Pop could make head or tail out of the mess he see it was a squabble 'tween the ones that wanted to fight for a place to settle on, and the fellers and their womenfolks that wanted to move on.

Then Abe Lincoln he stands up and begins talking in his slow quiet voice and 'fore he said half a dozen words you could hear a pin drop. He give 'em to understand you couldn't have killing 'thout more killing, and killing never done no good anyhow 'cept to make things worse'n they was 'fore it started. When he set down the Catlums give him a cheer and I see he'd carried the day.

Next thing to do was to decide where to move to. Eric he was all for Alaska, on account of him having a hankering for the cold countries, and Ellie she put in her word for them islands in the South Seas. John Henry said if we was willing to start out for Africa he'd guarantee them black boys

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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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