Books: Manifest Destiny

THE JOURNALS OF LEWIS AND CLARK (504 pp.)—Edited by Bernard DeVoto —Houghton Mifflin ($6.50).

This was mighty strange stuff to be going to the President of the U.S. In one of the four boxes there was "a red fox Skin Containing a Magpie." In another "the bones & Skeleton of a Small burrowing wolf." A third contained a tin box of "insects mice &c."

These relics were not meant as a vulgar insult to President Jefferson. They were zoological samplings from Meriwether Lewis and William Clark,* of the U.S. Army, out to explore Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase. Every U.S. schoolboy has heard of them,...

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