Life on the Mississippi - Chapter 4: The Boys' Ambition

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Life on the Mississippi - Chapter 4: The Boys' Ambition
The Boys' Ambition.—Village Scenes.—Steamboat Pictures. —A Heavy Swell.—A Runaway.
 
 

All the boys in town, on the banks of the Mississippi River, grow up with an ambition of going on the river. At first merely being a cabin boy or a deck hand is honor enough. But finally, the aspiration of being a pilot surfaces and nothing else will do. Young Sam runs away from home at 13 years of age in search of a place on a riverboat.

 

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