Walking Across the Continent

Source: The Pamphleteer
by Davis Hunt

“In the fall of 1884, Charles Lummis (naturalist, classmate of Teddy Roosevelt at Harvard, and accomplished writer) decided to walk all the way from Cincinnati to Los Angeles to take a job at the brand new Los Angeles Times. There’s a book about it, A Tramp Across the Continent, that’s a welcome addition to any home library colored as it is by anecdotes and good humor. One aspect that really sticks out is Lummis'[s] depictions of violence. At one point, he runs into two ‘burly, greasy fellows’ that Lummis, after giving a quick up-down, takes for cowards. … Turns out Lummis had the right read on ’em.” (08/02/22)