Mark Twain tried to convey the size and complexity of the Mississippi by explaining to his readers that the river draws its water from every state between Delaware and Idaho, discharges 338 times as much water as the Thames, and is fed by 54 subordinate rivers each of which was large enough for steamboat travel.
William G. Bowen & Derek Bok,
Response to Review by Terrance Sandalow,
Mich. L. Rev.
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