Chapter 5: a southern river boat race.
An Alabama steamer
General Van Dorn
what river travel is
a calliope and its master
Banter for a race
excitement of all on board
a close shave
neck and neck
how a race is won
a unique toast.
Hurry, my boy!
Pack up your traps and get ready for the boat, cried Styles Staple, bursting into my room in his usual sudden fashion the day we got the news from Virginia.
The colonel, you and I are to have a trip of a week, stop at Mobile and then run down t‘ Orleans!
So by sundown we were quietly smoking our cigars on the topmost deck of the Southern Republic.
Nowhere in the world can be found just such boats as those that navigate our south-western rivers.
Great three or four-storied constructions, built upon mere flats of the lightest possible draught, with length and breadth of beam sufficient to allow storage room for an immense number of cotton bales and barrels upon the lowest deck; with their furnaces, boilers