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STEPPING WESTWARD
"What, you're stepping westward?"—"Yea."
—'Twould be a wildish destiny,
If we, who therefore jointly roam
In a wierd Land, and much from home,
Were during this position the visitors of Chance:
Yet who might cease or worry to advance,
Though domestic or defend he had none,
With the sort of sky to steer him on?
—Wordsworth.
For it slow i've got wanted to trip over the United States—to ramble and detect and search experience right here, at domestic, now not as a vacationer with a quick holiday and a round-trip price tag, yet as a type of privateer with a roving fee. The extra i've got pondered the chance the extra it has engaged me. For we americans, although we're the such a lot stressed race on the earth, with the potential exception of the Bedouins, nearly by no means allow ourselves to trip, both at domestic or in another country, because the "guests of Chance." We continuously cross from one position to a different with a distinct function. We by no means amble. at the boat, going to Europe, we speak of leisurely journeys clear of the "beaten track," yet we by no means take them. once we land we rush approximately obsessed by way of "sights," seeing with the eyes of courses and pondering the "canned" ideas of guidebooks.
In order to complete this sort of journey as I had considered i used to be even keen to put in writing approximately it later on. for this reason I went to determine a writer and urged that he ship me out upon my travels.
I argued that Englishmen, from Dickens to Arnold Bennett, had "done" the United States; likewise Frenchmen and Germans. And we now have traveled over there and written approximately them. yet american citizens who shuttle at domestic to put in writing (or, as in my case, write to commute) typically pass looking for a few particular factor: to discover corruption and disclose it, to go to sure locations and describe them intimately, or to capture, completely, the comedian aspect. in my opinion, i didn't desire to move looking for something particular. I in basic terms wanted to take issues as they could come. And—speaking of taking things—I wanted, mainly else, to take a very good spouse, and that i had him all picked out: a guy whose drawings i love virtually up to i love his disposition; the only being who may possibly undergo my presence for a few months, sharing with me his joys and sorrows and collars and cigars, and but stay on conversing phrases with me.
The writer agreed to all. Then I instructed my ny buddies that i used to be going.
I used to be relocating approximately my room, my arms choked with hairbrushes and toothbrushes and clothesbrushes and shaving brushes; my head filled with railroad trains, and hills, and plains, and valleys
They have been incredulous. that's the big apple angle of brain. Your "typical New Yorker" relatively thinks that any guy who leaves big apple Island for any vacation spot except Europe or Palm seashore needs to be both a idiot who leaves voluntarily or a legal taken off by means of strength. For the picturesque felony he might be sorry, yet for the idiot he has scant pity.
CONTENTS
STEPPING WESTWARD
BIFURCATED BUFFALO
CLEVELAND CHARACTERISTICS
MORE CLEVELAND CHARACTERISTICS
DETROIT THE DYNAMIC
AUTOMOBILES AND ART
THE MÆCENAS OF THE MOTOR
THE CURIOUS urban OF conflict CREEK
KALAMAZOO
GRAND RAPIDS THE "ELECT"
A MIDDLE-WESTERN MIRACLE
FIELD'S AND THE "TRIBUNE"
THE STOCKYARDS
THE HONORABLE HINKY DINK
AN OLYMPIAN PLAN
LOOKING BACKWARD
SOMNOLENT ST. LOUIS
THE FINER SIDE
HANNIBAL AND MARK TWAIN
PIKE AND POKER
OLD RIVER DAYS
KANSAS CITY
ODDS AND ENDS
COLONEL NELSON'S "STAR"
KEEPING A PROMISE
THE TAME LION
KANSAS JOURNALISM
A university TOWN
MONOTONY
UNDER PIKE'S PEAK
HITTING A excessive SPOT
COLORADO SPRINGS
CRIPPLE CREEK
THE MORMON CAPITAL
THE SMITHS
PASSING PICTURES
SAN FRANCISCO
"BEFORE THE FIRE"
AN EXPOSITION AND A "BOOSTER"
NEW YORK AGAIN
ILLUSTRATIONS
The St. Francis at tea-time.—With her resorts San Francisco is long island, yet along with her humans she is San Francisco—which comes close to being the apotheosis of praise.
I used to be relocating approximately my room, my fingers jam-packed with hairbrushes and toothbrushes and clothesbrushes and shaving brushes; my head packed with railroad

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