Six books have come back from the bindery, among them The Supernatural Omnibus, rebound in ominous black and red, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s The Mayflower (Boston, 1855), the works of Robert Burns (Philadelphia, 1835), Whistler’s The Gentle Art of Making Enemies (1890) (Hilarious!) and the curious Three Years in California by Rev. Walter Colton, U.S.N. (1859) (above), in which the Reverand Colton pithily recounts “wild” Indians, bear on bull violence, conflicts among residents of said environs, and his constant struggle against drunkenness and savagery (an attempt to close the grog shops resulted in an overnight 25% increase in the price of this commodity). In his observations of exciting times, Colton ranges from mordant to romantic, and became, during his three years, a founding editor of the first newspaper in California. Future readers of these delightful offerings owe their gratitude to the Mercantile’s generous (and patient) adopt-a-book donors and their honorees. -Ed Scripsi
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