Across the Plains: With other Memories and Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

By Robert Louis Stevenson

The prestigious Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson prepared for his buddy the paintings historian Sidney Colvin to choose and organise the essays during this quantity, a lot of which had initially seemed in 1888, notwithstanding a few date again to the early Eighties. It was once released in 1892, years sooner than Stevenson's premature loss of life. Colvin bought a number of the items from their unique publishers, together with magazines comparable to Fraser's, Longman's, The journal of artwork and Scribner's. what's fairly noteworthy approximately this assortment is that even though Stevenson had settled within the South Seas good prior to it seemed, the entire goods integrated have been written sooner than his trip there. Colvin mentions that the concluding items specifically have been written in the course of a interval of substantial gloom and disease for Stevenson, who himself claimed to 'recover peace of physique and brain' after relocating to the Pacific in 1890.

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Here we were to stay the night at a kind of caravanserai, set apart for emigrants. But I gave way to a thirst for luxury, separated myself from my companions, and marched with my effects into the Union Pacific Hotel. A white clerk and a coloured gentleman whom, in my plain European way, I should call the boots, were installed behind a counter like bank tellers. They took my 24 Across the Plains name, assigned me a number, and "proceeded to deal with my packages. And here came the tug of war. I wished to give up my packages into safe keeping ; but I did not wish to go to bed.

A sky full of stars is the most varied spectacle that he can hope. He may walk five miles and see nothing ; ten, and it is as though he had not moved ; twenty, and still he is in the midst of the same great level, and has approached no nearer to the one object within view, the flat horizon which keeps pace with his advance. We are full at home of the question Across the Plains 43 of agreeable wall-papers, and wise people are of opinion that the temper may be quieted by sedative surroundings. But what is to be said of the Nebraskan settler ?

He has it in his power indefinitely to better and brighten the emigrant's lot. The newsboy with whom we started from the Transfer was a dark, bullying, contemptuous, insolent scoundrel, who treated us like dogs. Indeed, in his case, matters came nearly to a fight. It happened thus : he was going his rounds through the cars with some commodities for sale, and coming to a party who were at Seven-up or Cascino (our two games), upon a bed-board, slung down a cigar-box in the middle of the cards, knocking one man's hand to the floor.

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