Publisher description for The true account : concerning a Vermont gentleman's race to the Pacific against and exploration of the western American continent coincident to the expedition of Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark / Howard Frank Mosher.


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Counter Thirty years after a night drinking rum with Ethan Allen leaves him with a copper plate screwed into his head, Private True Teague Kinneson -- Vermont schoolmaster, inventor, playwright, and explorer -- sets out with his young nephew Ticonderoga to race Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to the Pacific Ocean. Along the way, True and Ti encounter Daniel Boone and his lusty six-foot-two-inch spinster daughter, fight and trick an army of Spaniards and Anasazi out to stop Lewis's expedition, invent an early version of baseball with the Nez Perce, and hold a high-stakes rodeo with Sacajawea's Shoshone relatives. And when a beautiful and mysterious Blackfoot girl named Yellow Sage Flower Who Tells Wise Stories and True's lifelong adversary (the devil himself) enter the tale, things start to get really interesting. Published on the eve of the Lewis and Clark bicentennial, The True Account is the hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking story of a man "whose imagination is unfettered by either convention or fact, whose hopefulness and good nature yield to no force, and whose ways and stays rank second to none in the history of the world."

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: West (U, S, ) Discovery and exploration Fiction, Overland journeys to the Pacific Fiction, Explorers Fiction, Vermont Fiction