It is a subject that is bound to stir the pulses of any man one talks seriously
to about, for in this age of inventive wonders all men have come to believe
that in some genius' brain sleeps the solution of the grand problem of aerial
navigation--and along with that belief is the hope that that genius will reveal
his miracle before they die, and likewise a dread that he will poke off somewhere
and die himself before he finds out that he has such a wonder lying dormant
in his brain.
- Letter from Mark Twain, San Francisco Alta California, August 1, 1869
of Sam Clemens in an airship based on
James Carter Beard's illustration from TOM SAWYER ABROAD.
Graphic composition courtesy of Dave Thomson
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