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Title: The mountain‑ash

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Undated

Editorial note: Grier estimates that Whitman wrote this manuscript before 1856 (Walt Whitman: Notebooks and Unpublished Manuscripts, ed. Edward F. Grier [New York: New York University Press, 1984], 1:197).

Source: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Transcribed from digital images of the original item.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03398

Contributors to digital file: Lauren Grewe, Ty Alyea, Matt Cohen, and Nicole Gray



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The mountain‑ash, a large shrub, 16 or [illegible]20 ft high—northern part of the state of New York —has white blossoms—blooms early in the spring—has then a pleasant perfume—the hill‑sides where it grows thickly look white from the blossoms.—


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amusements around the fire in the lumbermans hut—the great bright light—the songs and stories—

The lumberman in the woods—goes in in the early winter—makes a hut— perhaps a gang of lumbermen—the pine is the principal timber—the pine grows sometimes thick as a hogshead —100, 150, and even 200 feet high—they cut it in logs of 13 feet.—The maple, the beech, &c are good woods—hemlock, spruce—hardy life, healthy, robust, —food is largely of salt pork, beans, peas, &c and the like.—The animals likely
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Story of to be seen are the wolf, the black bear, and possibly a catamount


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story of the catamount and the Indian of the Indian of the St. Regeis—The Indian lived in his hut in the woods—made sugar‑baskets —took a lot into the village—left his little son of five years old to take care of the hut—returned— boy gone—peered around up and down—saw the boy up in a tree in the power of a large catamount who was tossing him up and down—Indian at last fired—the enraged catamount tore


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