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by Hannah Leitheiser

River Sounding

Life on the Mississippi

Twain, Mark

1883

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2017-04-03

'This was frightful! I seized the bell-ropes and stopped the engines.

‘Quarter twain! Quarter twain! Mark twain!’' - Life on the Mississippi

Mark Twain's name comes from river sounding calls. Mark twain means on the mark of two fathoms, which I gather was good enough for the draft of these boats.