Mark Twain quote about corruption from Following the Equator - there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.
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there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.
 Mark Twain, Following the Equator (1897). copy citation

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“The missionary taught these exacting savages many valuable things, and got from them one—a very dainty and poetical idea: Those wild and ignorant poor children of Nature believed that the flowers, after they perish, rise on the winds and float away to the fair fields of heaven, and flourish there forever in immortal beauty! CHAPTER VIII.
It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.
—Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar.
When one glances at the map the members of the stupendous island wilderness of the Pacific seem to crowd upon each other; but no, there is no crowding, even in the center of a group; and between groups there are lonely wide deserts of sea.” source

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