One of those great lines from Groucho Marx, "I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member", appears to have roots in Mark Twain. "I wouldn't have a girl that (I thought) I was worthy of. She wouldn't do. She wouldn't be respectable enough."
I had thought I'd pretty much worked out all the narration I wanted for my Mark Twain tour through the Great Basin province of Nevada, from Utah to Carson City. It just needed a few photographs to break up the hour long Google Earth Tour. But from the few comments Twain made in his chapters on this region as well as the histories of the stations along the way I came to realize how large an effect the so call Paiute War played in what Sam Clemens experienced. The white man, or “American” had arrived and had disrupted the ecosystem, which included the Northern Paiute people.
I'm just making a note to myself on what I had to do to get the rails server to work on my Ubuntu 10.04. Both Ruby and Rails installed without any difficulty but upon issuing the final command , "rails server", I got the frequently reported "../.rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.3-p448/gems/execjs-1.4.0/lib/execjs/runtimes.rb:51:in
https://github.com/sstephenson/execjs for a list of available runtimes.
Back in Chapter 9 Mark Twain's narrative of his journey west had entered into Wyoming, approaching the Rocky Mountains. He then spent two chapters devoted to the notorious Jack Slade, division superintendent and vigilante. He begins chapter 12 by describing a Mormon wagon train he passed en route. He reaches the top of the Rocky Mountains at South Pass and then descends the west side eventually arriving in Salt Lake City. I had intended to display an animated map of this journey, as I did with the previous chapters, But I didn't find a suitable base map to use.
I have started mapping significant Mark Twain locations from his book Roughing It. The first chapter is merely a dismal riverboat ride from St. Louis to St. Joseph Missouri. I made my first attempt at animated mapping in the video for that chapter. But Chapter 2 has Sam traveling the Overland Stagecoach line out of St. Joseph, across Kansas. http://bscottholmes.com/twain/roughingit/chapter2 He does not mention any stations by name but does say they stop every ten miles or so.
as read by SLClemens
As I mentioned in a previous blog entry, I wanted to experiment with the mapping capabilities of Drupal and what better subject matter than one of Mark Twain's adventures. His first major book and his most successful is The Innocents Abroad. In 1867 he joined the Quaker City Excursion on a steam ship voyage to Europe and Jerusalem. I've plotted all the major points of interest from this expedition and I present them on a chapter by chapter basis as well as provide an overall list of sites. At this moment there are 308 sites plotted. They all having varying amounts of explanatory matter attached. Much work still needs to be done to make this a valuable source though I believe that it is still a valuable tool. The sites plotted are found in the Quaker City Excursion Itinerary of the Mark Twain Project, University of California, Ian Strathcarron's book War and Innocence, Daniel McKeithan's book Traveling with the Innocents Abroad, the 1867 chapter of Mark Twain - Day By Day by David Fears, not to mention a close reading of the book itself, using The Oxford Mark Twain edition.
as read by SLClemens