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The Last American

A Fragment from The Journal of KHAN-LI, Prince of Dimph-Yoo-Chur and Admiral in the Persian Navy

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Published: 1889
Language: English
Wordcount: 11,119 / 40 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 81.9
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,200
Added to site: 2008.11.21
mnybks.net#: 22680
Origin: gutenberg.org

The astounding discoveries of Khan-li of Dimph-yoo-chur have thrown floods of light upon the domestic life of the Mehrikan people. He little realized when he landed upon that sleeping continent what a service he was about to render history, or what enthusiasm his discoveries would arouse among Persian archaeologists.

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en hence. My heart grew soft over the ancient rug, and I caught a foolish look in Lev-el-Hedyd's eye.

As we climbed the mouldering stair to the floor above I expressed surprise that cloth and woodwork should hold together for so many centuries, also saying:

"These Mehrikans were not so unworthy as we think them."

"That may be," said Lev-el-Hedyd, "but the Persian rug is far the freshest object we have seen, and that perchance was ancient when they bought it."

On this floor we entered a dim chamber, spacious and once richly furnished. When Lev-el-Hedyd pushed open the shutters and drew aside the ragged curtains we started at the sight before us. Upon a wide bed in the centre of the room lay a human form, the long, yellow hair still clinging to the head. It was more a mummy than a skeleton. Around, upon the bed, lay mouldering fragments of the once white sheets that covered it. On the fingers of the left hand glistened two rings which drew our attention. One held a diamond of great p

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 2 from 1 reviews: **
2015.01.13
Lisa Carr
**...

An odd satire of America from the beginning of the 20th century. A Persian sailing ship seeks the legendary continent whose people perished a thousand years before. Every name is a silly pun: Khan-li (can lie) Dimph-yoo-chur (dim future) and the "Muslims" blunder around drawing idiotic conclusions about the Mehrikan civilization.
If you like your humor juvenile, this is the story for you. But it wears thin, fast.


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