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Post Posted:: March 29th, 2017, 7:53 am 

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Vagabonding Down The Andes by Harry A. Franck (1881 - 1962).

This was an abandoned Solo. Let's help finish this up for him.

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Sometime in the latter half of 1911, Harry A. Franck jumped out of a box-car and crossed the Rio Grande, from Laredo. Thus began a journey, often afoot, that Harry estimated would take him 8 months. It ended up occupying four years of his life. The first leg of his Latin American epic is recorded in "Tramping Through Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras; Being the Random Notes of an Incurable Vagabond" (The Century Company, 1916). He then headed south to the Canal Zone, Teddy Roosevelt's grand experiment in socialism, and applied within the Zone police force for a position as a census taker (chronicled in "Zone Policeman 88; A Close Range Study of the Panama Canal and Its Workers", The Century Company, April 1913). Since he was one of the few Americans who actually spoke Spanish, and a bevy of other languages, he was hired immediately. By June, 1912, he'd bankrolled enough money to see him through the opening phase of the work being read to you, "Vagabonding Down the Andes; Being the Narrative of a Journey, Chiefly Afoot, From Panama to Buenos Aires" (The Century Company, 1917). Leaving the Zone in June of 1912, with "objections to his reemployment", he caught a steamer and entered the South American continent at Cartagena, Colombia. Approximate 30 months later, having walked most of the length of the Inca highway, he staggered from a trek that took him over mountains and through raw jungle onto a ferry, and thence sailed into Buenos Aires, regarded as one of the most glamorous and expensive cities on earth at the time. This leg of the four volume epic (which later concludes with "Working North from Patagonia; Being the Narrative of a Journey, Earned on the Way, Through Southern and Eastern South America, The Century Company, 1921) was the longest one, and in many respects, "Vagabonding Down the Andes" was also the most detailed. As you can see, the works were not published in chronological order. Why? I don't know, other than the last volume, which was delayed by Harry's enlistment and serving in WWI.

Harry is an opinionated iconoclast with a strong American value system based upon self-reliance. He's both college-educated and what I suppose can best be called "street smart", though most of his trip took him through places where "street" was little more than an abstract concept. Before his South American journey, he'd already worked his way around the world, and had written a book about it ("A Vagabond Journey Around the World", The Century Company, 1910). Some people are going to get their Politically Correct dander up if they listen. Well, fast traveler, keep in mind that Harry was a man of his times, and thus he sees the world, as we are all people of our times, and thus we see and experience the world. Harry did his vagabonding with a pistol as his constant companion, and lived amongst the poorest classes of people. He drank water collected in the ruts of wagon wheels. Not knowing where his next meal was coming from was the norm, as opposed to the exception. In terms of travel writing he makes Paul Theroux look like an armchair dilettante. Take him as he is, and I think you'll soon become enmeshed in this extraordinary saga. (Elliott Swanson)



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Post Posted:: March 29th, 2017, 8:19 am 

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The chapters for this book are often very long. As part of the transition from Solo to Collaborative I have divided the longer chapters. If you have selected all parts for a chapter and would like to modify the break point, that isn't a problem, just let me know for when I PL.

Chapter breakdown:
Chapter 11: Drawbacks of the Trail, Part 1 wc 6904
Read through: The estate was mine, and all the wonders thereof-but for all that two more endless hours passed before a drink-saucy Indian led me to an icy harness-room and pointed out two bare saddle-pads on the earth floor.

Drawbacks of the Trail, Part 2 wc 6946
Read from: Certainly that man is a fool who sets out on a trip down the Andes for pleasure;…

Chapter 16: THE CITY OF THE SUN, Part 1 wc 5282
Read through: I arranged the load as carefully as possible, and we were off.

THE CITY OF THE SUN, Part 2 wc 5479
Read from: It was not long, however, before I realized that something, perhaps the impossibility of eating during the night, had decidedly sapped my companion's strength.
Read through: Cuzco had no electric lights as yet, though she continued to hope, and my friend Martinelli had enstalled a dynamo to operate his cinema in the patio of the " Hotel Central."

THE CITY OF THE SUN, Part 3 wc 5805
Read from: Cuzco was the first place in South America with any hint of a tourist resort about it. Read through The fourteenth-century arguments of the hidebound clerical senators against the proposed change afforded reading compared to which the efforts of the world's chief humorists are staid and funereal.

THE CITY OF THE SUN, Part 4 wc 6080
Read from: Great excitement broke out in the more " conservative " cities of the interior when the news came up from Lima.

Chapter 17: A FORGOTTEN CITY OF THE ANDES, Part 1 wc 5769
Read through: Though roofless, it was otherwise a complete city, in so fine a state of preservation that the beholder felt like one of the old Spanish Conquistadores in those enviable years when there
were still new worlds to discover.

A FORGOTTEN CITY OF THE ANDES, Part 2 wc 6085
Read from: On a gigantic scale, its site was that of an ancient feudal castle.

Chapter 18: THE COLLASUYU, OR UPPER PERU, Part 1 wc 5595
Read through: The fact should not be lost sight of, however, in rating this marvel that the Aymara husbandman cheers on his labors with an even stronger chicha than that of his Quichua cousins to the north.

THE COLLASUYU, OR UPPER PERU, Part 2 wc 5733
Read from: The ceremony we were now witnessing was that of dismissing the departing pilgrims. Read through: While the man who had the *' floor " kept his seat and droned endlessly through something or other, the presiding officer sat motionless and openly bored, and members slept, smoked, read newspapers, wrote letters, and otherwise busied themselves with the vital problems of the nation, after the fashion of legislative bodies the world over.

THE COLLASUYU, OR UPPER PERU, Part 3 wc 6451
Read from: There is a distinct gradation in the costumes of La Paz, especially among the women.

Chapter 19: ON FOOT ACROSS TROPICAL BOLIVIA, Part 1 wc 5461
Read through: To sleep in them was far less inviting than to lie on the ground under a shrub.

ON FOOT ACROSS TROPICAL BOLIVIA, Part 2 wc 6425
Read from: But the Andes did not subside so easily. Next morning the trail shook off the river and dimbed wearily to a wind-swept puna, then dropped by a leg-straining bajada into another canon with a muddy, lukewarm brook, only to pant upward again to another summit.

Chapter 20: LIFE IN THE BOLIVIAN WILDERNESS, Part 1 wc 6544
Read through: The ending would be all right if these Indians could make a good job of it, but they '11
end by bashing in my head with the butts of their muskets, as they have all the others."

LIFE IN THE BOLIVIAN WILDERNESS, Part 2 wc 7310
Read from: If I have inadvertently given the impression that there are no stern laws and rules of personal conduct in Santa Cruz de la Sierra let me hasten to disavow it as quickly as I was disabused in the matter myself;

Chapter 21: SKIRTING THE GRAN CHACO, Part 1 wc 6575
Read through: When the time set came, he wandered into the monastery to say that we should start the following night — " if thet there mozo finds thet there bull that run away ; " or if not, then the next night. " Hughtie " was a true Bolivian in putting his trust chiefly in to-morrow.

SKIRTING THE GRAN CHACO, Part 2 wc 5929
Read from: The shadow across the Jesuit sun-dial was exactly horizontal when, refreshed by four long gnatless days and nights in San Jose, we pushed on along a road that stretched like a tunnel through the greenery.

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Post Posted:: March 29th, 2017, 10:08 am 
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Hi Linny,
I will MC this for you. This is my first time resurrecting a MW. Please let me know if there are any issues.
Thank you!
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Post Posted:: March 29th, 2017, 10:16 am 

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Amy,
Thank you! Looks great. I will modify from here for the additional sections. When you have a chance please add me as DPL.

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Post Posted:: March 29th, 2017, 10:19 am 
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Okay, you are in as DPL now. I will be back in tonight if there is anything else you need.
Have a great day!
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Post Posted:: March 29th, 2017, 11:33 am 

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Hi Amy,
I noticed two things.
1) I updated the section of the initial post near the uploader link to show you as the MC.
2) The links in the MW for the files were broken. I downloaded all the files from the Abandoned folder. I like to check them anyway when I adopt a project. I have been unfortunate in the past to come across some corrupted files. Fortunately, all of these were fine. The checker did flag a couple for volume so I edited as appropriate and have uploaded them all to your folder. The folder in Abandoned is now obsolete.

I think that's all and we can be off to Readers Wanted whenever you want. Thank you again for your help with this project. :9:

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Post Posted:: March 29th, 2017, 4:49 pm 
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Hi Linny,
It is my pleasure. Thank you for moving the files and updating my name in the uploader link.
Over to Readers Wanted...
Cheers!
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Post Posted:: May 23rd, 2017, 10:04 am 
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May I have sections 15 and 16, please? :D I was always eyeing this book when it was a solo in progress, looking forward to listening to it after its completion. Now I get to participate, also :clap:

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Post Posted:: May 23rd, 2017, 10:50 am 

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Wonderful to have you, Kathrine. Thank you for claiming. I thought it looked very interesting and couldn't stand it be on the abandoned list any longer. :)

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Hello Kathrine,
I have extended the deadline by a month. Let me know if you want more time or need to release the claim. I hope you enjoyed your time away!

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Post Posted:: July 23rd, 2017, 9:34 am 
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Thank you, Linny!

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Kathrine's claims restarted. :D

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Hi, I'll take Sections 17 and 18.

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Post Posted:: August 19th, 2017, 10:30 am 

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Great! Thank you, Linda.

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Here's Section 17:


https://librivox.org/uploads/alg1001/vagabondingdowntheandes_17_franck_128kb.mp3 [39:15]

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