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Following the Equator
Mark Twain

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FOLLOWING THE EQUATOR 

CHAPTER I. 

A man may have no bad habits and have worse. 

--Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar. 

The starting point of this lecturing-trip around the world was Paris,
where we had been living a year or two. 

We sailed for America, and there made certain preparations.  This took
but little time.  Two members of my family elected to go with me.  Also a
carbuncle.  The dictionary says a carbuncle is a kind of jewel.  Humor is
out of place in a dictionary. 

We started westward from New York in midsummer, with Major Pond to manage
the platform-business as far as the Pacific.  It was warm work, all the
way, and the last fortnight of it was suffocatingly smoky, for in Oregon

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