Twain, Mark Travels at Home

ISBN 13: 9780217301879

Travels at Home

9780217301879: Travels at Home

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1910. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... XVIII "flush Times" In The West THERE were nabobs in those days -- in the "flush times," I mean. Every rich strike in the mines created one or two. I call to mind several of these. They were careless, easy-going fellows, as a general thing, and the community at large was as much benefited by their riches as they were themselves--possibly more, in some cases. Two cousins, teamsters, did some hauling for a man, and had to take a small segregated portion of a silver-mine in lieu of $300 cash. They gave an outsider a third to open the mine, and they went on teaming. But not long. Ten months afterward the mine was out of debt and paying each owner $8000 to $10,000 a month--say, $100,000 a year. One of the earliest nabobs that Nevada was delivered of wore $6000 worth of diamonds in his bosom, and swore he was unhappy because he could not spend his money as fast as he made it. Another Nevada nabob boasted an income that often reached $16,000 a month, and he used to love to tell how he had worked in the very mine that yielded it for five dollars a day when he first came to the country. The silver and sage-brush State has knowledge of another of these pets of Fortune--lifted from actual poverty to affluence almost in a single night --who was able to offer $100,000 for a position of high official distinction, shortly afterward, and did offer it--but failed to get it, his politics not being as sound as his bank-account. Then there was John Smith. He was a good, honest, kind-hearted soul, born and reared in the lower ranks of life, and miraculously ignorant. He drove a team, and owned a small ranch--a ranch that paid him a comfortable living; for although it yielded but little hay, what little it did yield was worth from $250 to $300 in gold per ton in the market. Presently...

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