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Tuesday, May 5, 2009 - Lexington KY

US60 bridge over the Ohio River, Fort Defiance Park, Cairo IL, May 4, 2009
US60 bridge over the Ohio River, Fort Defiance Park, Cairo IL, May 4, 2009

Night camp

Wal-Mart Supercenter in Lexington KY

Wal-Mart Supercenter Store #3894, 2350 Grey Lag Way Road, Lexington, KY 40509 - (859) 263-0999

It's No Use Arguing Tastes with a Cow

By what appears, furthermore, to be the compensating justice of Nature, the treasures of the earth are always hidden in the most unattractive, dismal, and dreary spots. At least all the mining places I ever visited are so located, and Bisbee is no exception. To get away from the cramped little village and its unsavoury restaurant, I established my first camp four miles south of it on a commodious and pleasant opening, where we could do our own cooking. But here a new annoyance, and rather a curious one, was met with. The cattle of the region evinced a peculiar predilection for our wearing apparel. Especially at night, the cows would come wandering in among our tents, like the party who goes about seeking what he may devour, and on getting hold of some such choice morsel as a sock, shirt, or blanket, Mrs. Bossie would chew and chew, “gradually,” to quote Mark Twain, “taking it in, all the while opening and closing her eyes in a kind of religious ecstasy, as if she had never tasted anything quite as good as an overcoat before in her life.” It is no use arguing about tastes, not even with a cow.

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