I am searching for the source of a quote often attributed to Mark Twain in
water resources circles (especially in the western U.S.):
"Whiskey's for drinking; water's for fighting."
To date I have had no luck in my research, which has included:
- Electronic sources: Search of entire texts of Adventures of Tom Sawyer
and Huckleberry Finn; query of Mark Twain Quotations [Barbara Schmidt];
keyword search using Alta Vista search engine; various quotation
collections (e.g., Michael Moncur's, the Quotation Home Page, etc.)
- Printed sources: Ayres' Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain; visual scan of
Roughing It; sitting-on-the-floor-in-the-stacks search of lots of books on
the library shelves of Oregon State University, Willamette University, and
the Salem, Oregon, Public Library.
I hope I am not mis-using the Forum or trying the patience of its members
by asking for assistance in nailing down the source of the quote. Thanks in
advance for any help.