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A Tramp Abroad 1891-1901
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The Value of Travel
 
 

“When we presently got under way and went poking down the broad Ohio, I became a new being, and the subject of my own admiration. I was a traveler! A word never had tasted so good in my mouth before. I had an exultant sense of being bound for mysterious lands and distant climes which I never have felt in so uplifting a degree since. I was in such a glorified condition that all ignoble feelings departed out of me, and I was able to look down and pity the untravelled with a compassion that had hardly a trace of contempt in it. Still, when we stopped at villages and wood-yards, I could not help lolling carelessly upon the railings of the boiler deck to enjoy the envy of the country boys on the bank. If they did not seem to discover me, I presently sneezed to attract their attention, or moved to a position where they could not help seeing me. And as soon as I knew they saw me I gaped and stretched, and gave other signs of being mightily bored with travelling.

I kept my hat off all the time, and stayed where the wind and the sun could strike me, because I wanted to get the bronzed and weather-beaten look of an old traveler. Before the second day was half gone, I experienced a joy which filled me with the purest gratitude; for I saw that the skin had begun to blister and peel off my face and neck. I wished that the boys and girls at home could see me now.”—Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi, 1883

Around-the-World Tour Itinerary
Around-the-World Tour Itinerary
Courtesy of The Mark Twain
Project,Bancroft Library,
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Aboard the U.S.S. Mohican, 1895
Aboard the U.S.S. Mohican, 1895
Courtesy of Nick Karanovich

“We wish to learn all the curious, outlandish ways of all the different countries, so that we can ‘show off’ and astonish people when we get home. We wish to excite the envy of our own untraveled friends with our strange foreign fashions which we can’t shake off...The gentle reader will never, never know what a consummate ass he can become, until he goes abroad. I speak now, of course, in the supposition that the gentle reader has not been abroad, and therefore is not already a consummate ass.”—Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad, 1869

World Tour, July, 18, 1895
World Tour, July, 18, 1895
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On Train Platform with Mrs. Pond, Olivia Clemens and Clara Clemens (from left to right),  July 30, 1895
On Train Platform with Mrs. Pond,
Olivia Clemens and Clara Clemens
(from left to right), July 30, 1895

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