By Harold Speakman
In 1925, Harold Speakman and his new spouse, Frances "Russell" Lindsay Speakman, journeyed down the total Mississippi River, from the headwaters in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, on a twenty-foot houseboat. A vintage American trip narrative that captures the soul of the river, more often than not Mississippi positive factors lyrical descriptions of encounters with archetypal characters, landscapes, and studies. The Speakmans meet lumberjacks in northern Minnesota and Mormons at Nauvoo, Illinois, in addition to roustabouts, hoboes, farmers, drifters, Southern grandees, local american citizens, collegians thirsting for the true global, and convicts. in addition they meet William Alexander Percy, the "Poet of the Delta"; Laura Frazer, the foundation for Mark Twain’s Becky Thatcher; and the prototypical "lady from Dubuque" as defined by way of the hot Yorker. Illustrated via Harold Speakman’s work and sketches and Russell Speakman’s pleasant drawings, typically Mississippi captures the deepening emotional bond of a newly married couple launched into a grand experience.
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But my feet had lost their accustomed lightness because of the canoe sitting on my neck, and, slipping on a log, I went plop, the canoe extinguishing me as a snuffer its candle. Stupidly enough, I lay there for a moment to get my breath, and on appearing like Caliban out of his den, I found my sweet friend in tears, out of fear that I had broken a leg or perhaps a neck. And I never saw anything so pathetic or so bedraggled in my life, she with her little hat melted onto her head, and many black smudges from the burned trees on her face, and the water both from the heavens and her eyes running off her rain coat and into her boots, while all the while she wept most sadly, thinking that her man was either sorely hurt or dead.
Then one of them chanted, "Ha ha ha! " The others, taking up the words, broke into derisive laughter. Now a man sketching knows when his work is causing amusement. For example, I have been much enjoyed both in Damascus and Ningpoo by observers whose art traditions did not run parallel with those of the West. But these lads were not laughing at my sketch. Gasoline transportation, the moving pictures, the radio, and recent books have done their work. The young men of Cohasset were laughing in a large, cosmopolitan manner at their own home town!
Some of the rain came through, but not all of it. With rain coats and blankets and the poncho we made ourselves as comfortable as we could, blessing the man who first thought of putting a canvas floor in a tent. ) Our badly sunbaked hands were more annoying than the rain. In the torrid weather, neither of us had thought about sheltering them from the sun, with the result that they swelled up nearly round. For days afterward, the matter of reaching down into one of the canvas bags was something to be considered long and well.
Mostly Mississippi: Very Damp Adventure (Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage Book Series) by Harold Speakman