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Mark Twain Forum <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:29:35 -0800
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Links worked!  Fascinating details.  The SIZE of some of these
astonishes me.  Thanks for the information.

I have to admit, in spite of our modern communication, I didn't even know
the facts about our current presidents, so I think it is possiblenot
everybody knew everything about Lincoln.  Mark Twain probably would,
however, given his association with the printed word.


On Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 6:46 AM, Sharon McCoy <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Reagan was a football announcer?  That one passed me by.
> One thing that needs to be kept in mind, though is that flatboats and
> rafts=
>  were different things.  Now that I've read the biographical sketches, it
> i=
> s clear that Lincoln's trips were on flatboats, or what Huck calls
> "trading=
>  scows," (Chs. 16 and 19), while Huck and Jim clearly have a piece of
> raft.=
>  =20
> A website called "The Steamboat Times" does a good job, so far as I
> underst=
> and the history of river traffic, of explaining the difference, using
> sourc=
> es and drawings from the era for each, along with photographs (some of
> whic=
> h are pretty harrowing!) -- including the stories of Lincoln's trips.  The
> =
> entry on flatboats actually cites Huck's reference to a "trading scow" in
> L=
> ife on the Mississippi (Ch. 3).  I'd forgotten it was included there. =20
> Anyway, here are two links that are short enough (I hope) to avoid the
> equa=
> l signs that I know will plague the rest of this post.
>  =20
> Fascinating stuff.
> Cheers,
> Sharon
> ________________________________________