By John Kendrick Bangs
Where do the “immortal” poets, writers, generals and scientists visit spend eternity? It seems they assemble in a gentleman’s membership, on a houseboat, at the River Styx—the dividing line among earth and hell.
There they could talk about poetry, social conception, and the humanities. Bacon can argue with Shakespeare over who wrote Hamlet; Darwin can achieve new insights into evolution from Baron Münchhausen; and P.T. Barnum can query Noah over his choice of animals for the ark.
But a cloud quickly passes over this idyllic scene. What do you do while Captain Kidd and his staff highjacks the houseboat whereas it truly is jam-packed with the immortal ladies? the reply may be obvious—you name in Sherlock Holmes.
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A Houseboat in Hell by John Kendrick Bangs