Following the Equator - Chapter XXIII

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Following the Equator - Chapter XXIII
To Horsham (Colony of Victoria)—Description of Horsham—At the Hotel—Pepper Tree-The Agricultural College, Forty Pupils—High Temperature—Width of Road in Chains, Perches, etc.—The Bird with a Forgettable Name—The Magpie and the Lady—Fruit Trees—Soils—Sheep Shearing—To Stawell—Gold Mining Country—$75,000 per Month Income and able to Keep House—Fine Grapes and Wine—The Dryest Community on Earth—The Three Sisters—Gum Trees and Water
 
 

Text and images from The Oxford Mark Twain and The Gutenberg Project.
Locations and dates for the most part are from Mark Twain Day By Day, a massive work by David Fears
(See notes marked MTDBD).

 

Twain travels from Adelaide to Horsham, in Victoria. He finds a cottonwood tree, of fine detail, like a Kodak, and a peppertree, like an impressionist painting. Outside of town is an agricultural college, the Longerenong Agricultural College, where they grow fruit trees in an arid environment. They had forty pupils, ten were farmers hoping to expand their skills, and the rest city boys getting a trade. The curricula included sheep shearing. Twain speaks of a talking bird, the name of which he can't recall but is probably a monk parakeet, then there is the singing magpie, that could be an ideal pet - never coming when called and always there when not wanted. Twain travels to the gold country of Stawell and visits the vinyards of Great Western. He stops for a look at the Three Sisters, an inselberg of granite but he speculates they were rafted in by some ancient ice flow.

 

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