Harriet Elinor Smith, Lin Salamo, and Robert Pack Browning are associate editors with the Mark Twain Project. Edgar Marquess Branch is Emeritus Professor of English at Miami University.
ILLUSTRATIONS FOREWORD ROUGHING IT Prefatory 1. My Brother Appointed Secretary ofNevada-I Envy His Prospective Adventures-Am Appointed Private Secretary under Him- My Contentment Complete- Packed in One HourDreams and Visions- On the Missouri River- A "Bully" Boat 2. Arrive at St. Joseph-Only Twenty-five Pounds Baggage Allowed-Farewell to Kid Gloves and Dress Coats-Armed to the Teeth- The "Allen"-A Cheerful Weapon- Persuaded to Buy a Mule- Schedule of luxuries- We Leave "the States" -Our Coach-Mails for the Indians- Between a Wink and an Earthquake-A Modern Sphynx and How She Entertained Us-A Sociable Heifer 3. "The Thoroughbrace Is Broke"-Mails Delivered ProperlySleeping under Difficulties-A Jackass Rabbit Meditating, and on Business-A Modern Gulliver- Sage-brush- Overcoats as an Article of Diet- Sad Fate of a Camel-Warning to Experimenters 4. Making Our Bed-Assaults by the Unabridged-At a Station- Our Driver a Great and Shining Dignitary-Strange Place for a Front Yard- Accommodations-Double Portraits- An Heirloom-Our Worthy Landlord-"Fixings and Things"-An Exile-Slum-gullion-A Well Furnished Table-The Landlord Astonished- Table Etiquette- Wild Mexican Mules- Stage-coaching and Railroading 5. New Acquaintances-The Cayote-A Dog's Experiences- A Disgusted Dog-The Relatives of the Cayote -Meals Taken Away from Home 6. The Division Superintendent-The Conductor-The Driver-One Hundred and Fifty Miles' Drive without Sleep- Teaching a Subordinate-Our Old Friend Jack and a Pi!- grim-Ben Holladay Compared to Moses 7. Overland City-Crossing the Platte-Bemis's Buffalo Hunt -Assault by a Buffalo-Bemis's Horse Goes Crazy- An Impromptu Circus-A New Departure-Bemis Finds Refuge in a Tree-Escapes Finally by a Wonderful Method 41 8. The Pony Express-Fifty Miles without Stopping-"Here He Comes!"-Alkali Water-Riding an Avalanche-Indian Massacre 9. Among the Indians-An Unfair Advantage-Lying on Our Arms-A Midnight Murder-Wrath of Outlaws-A Dangerous, Yet Valuable Citizen 10. History of Slade-A Proposed Fist-Fight-Encounter with Jules-Paradise of Outlaws-Slade as Superintendent- As Executioner-A Doomed Whisky Seller-A Prisoner- A Wife's Bravery-An Ancient Enemy Captured-Enjoying a Luxury-Hob-nobbing with Slade-Too Polite-A Happy Escape 11. Slade in Montana-On a Spree-In Court-Attack on a Judge-Arrest by the Vigilantes-Turn-out of the Miners- Execution of Slade-Lamentations of His Wife-Was Slade a Coward? 12. A Mormon Emigrant Train-The Heart of the Rocky Mountains- Pure Saleratus-A Natural Ice-House-An Entire Inhabitant-In Sight of"Eternal Snow"-The South Pass- The Parting Streams-An Unreliable Letter Carrier-Meeting of Old Friends-A Spoiled Watermelon-Down the Mountain-A Scene of Desolation-Lost in the Dark- Unnecessary Advice-U.S. Troops and Indians-Sublime Spectacle- Another Delusion Dispelled-Among the Angels 13. Mormons and Gentiles-Exhilarating Drink, and Its Effect on Bemis-Salt Lake City-A Great Contrast-A Mormon Vagrant-Talk with a Saint-A Visit to the King-A Happy Simile 14. Mormon Contractors-How Mr. Street Astonished Them- The Case before Brigham Young, and How He Disposed of It-Polygamy Viewed from a New Position 15. A Gentile Den-Polygamy Discussed-Favorite Wife and D 4-Hennery for Retired Wives-Children Need Marking -Cost of a Gift to No. ~A Penny-Whistle Gift and Its Effects-Fathering the Foundlings-It Resembled Him- The Family Bedstead 16. The Mormon Bible-Proofs of Its Divinity-Plagiarism of Its Authors-Story of Nephi-Wonderful Battle-Kilkenny Cats Outdone 17. Three Sides to All Questions-Everything a Quarter-Shriveled Up-Emigrants and White Shirts at a Discount-"Forty- Niners"-Above Par-Real Happiness 18. Alkali Desert-Romance of Crossing Dispelled-Alkali Dust-Effect on the Mules-Universal Thanksgiving 19. The Digger Indians